Publisher: Delacorte Press
Page Count: 234
Release Date: December 28th, 2021
Series: SKYWARD, Book 3.1
Rating: 4/5 Stars – Really Liked It!
Warning: Possible light spoilers ahead for earlier books in the series. You can read reviews for those books here: SKYWARD, STARSIGHT, SUNREACH, REDAWN, CYTONIC
After a devastating attack left most of Detritus’s command structure dead or critically injured, Jorgen finds himself thrust into the position of ultimate leadership. No sooner has Jorgen been put in charge than he receives a message from the planet of the kitsen, who say they have recovered some of Jorgen’s people and want to give them back. Jorgen finds himself in the position of having to make choices that will affect the fate of not just his own people, but of another planet, as engaging with the kitsen risks bringing the wrath of the Superiority down on them both.
EVERSHORE is a rousing conclusion to the SKYWARD FLIGHT collection of novellas, all of which are worthy additions to the SKYWARD story arc. In fact, I have to admit something about SKYWARD FLIGHT: I liked them better than CYTONIC, book 3 in a planned four book series. A drawback of CYTONIC that I noted in my review at the time is that the story feels like a very odd side branching, as Spensa spends her entire time away from her home colony of Detritus and largely not engaging with the conflict brewing with the Galactic superiority.
SKYWARD FLIGHT, on the other hand, continues to drive the conflict with the Superiority forward. These novellas aren’t treading water, or just cute little adventures that have no bearing on the plot. Significant, meaningful change to the state of the galaxy happens within their pages, which is why when Spensa returns, she finds things are VERY different than when she left. You could choose to skip these novellas and be as disoriented as Spensa, or you could read what essentially amounts to a parallel novel to see what actually is going on.
In the case of EVERSHORE, Jorgen leads an effort to repair diplomatic relations with the kitsen, a species that historically had been allies of humans in the distant past. Alongside determining the success or failure of his diplomacy, Jorgen is forced to grow into a leader responsible for the entire colony of Detritus, not just his single flight of fighters. Like the novellas before it, EVERSHORE gives characters a chance to grow, as well as keeping plot moving in Spensa’s absence.
If you’ve been enjoying the SKYWARD series and haven’t read the SKYWARD FLIGHT novellas, you are doing yourself a disservice. This collection really is essential reading (either before or after CYTONIC), and you should take advantage of the wait for the final book in the series to catch up.