I just finished the third book in Brandon Sanderson's Skyward series: Cytonic. I'll be honest, it was kind of a slog. There were plenty of enjoyable moments . . . but I think that I'm just BrandoSando'd out at the moment. I've read almost all of his books in the past 9 months, and while they're overall really good, the style has started to get old. Especially due to this book being one of his more standard and boring novels and its twist not being that great (in comparison to those of Mistborn, Stormlight, Elantris, and even Steelheart). And the series went in a different direction after the first book than I was expecting and would have preferred. Maybe when I revisit the books sometime in the future I'll be able to appreciate them more. I'm going to put off reading the Skyward Flight Novellas until I've finished something by another author.
I still really liked and recommend Skyward, the first book in the series. It had a great cast, an engaging plot, and interesting twists for what I was going to be a pretty standard Space Opera novel. The series, for me, sadly peaked with the first book. Which is rare for Brandon Sanderson, because I personally enjoyed The Hero of Ages more than The Final Empire, Shadows of Self more than The Alloy of Law, and Words of Radiance more than The Way of Kings. The only other series of his that I think peaked in quality with its first book was Steelheart.
Now, onto finishing The Golden Compass. Maybe I can figure out what the hell is going on soon.