Series: The Reckoners #2
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Published: January 6, 2015 by Delacorte (Random House)
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Synopsis: Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn Trilogy, presents the second book in the Reckoners series: Firefight, the sequel to the #1 bestseller Steelheart.
Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart--invincible, immortal, unconquerable--is dead. And he died by David's hand.
Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.
Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic Regalia, Babylon Restored is flooded and miserable, but David is sure it's the path that will lead him to what he needs to find. Entering a city oppressed by a High Epic despot is risky, but David's willing to take the gamble. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David's heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic--Firefight. And now he will go on a quest darker and even more dangerous than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers
*** Thank you so much Mark at Mental Megalodon for letting your ARC hit the road and sharing it with me.***
I'm so excited to finally be sharing this review on the blog. I read Firefight in an amazing week in mid-December and I have been holding onto this review ever since but I can finally share my thoughts with you all and I am so excited to flail about it! Firefight is a truly fabulous sequel to a fantastic dystopian series with an engrossing and creative world, complex and likable characters, and action-packed plot full of surprises.
I read Steelheart almost a year ago and it started an obsession for me and that obsession is Brandon Sanderson. I was absolutely blown away by his writing. The world he created, the complex and likable characters, and the mindblowing reveals that I will forever refer to as the "trademark Sanderson plot twist." It was one of my top five favorite books of 2014 and after the way it ended I couldn't wait to get my hands on Firefight. So when Mark offered to share the ARC he won I flailed like nobody's business. And while reading the flailing didn't stop, if my Goodreads comments are any indication, I flailed even more.
The external world of this series that gets expanded is the vivid setting that is utterly captivating. As the reader you can completely immerse yourself in the luscious world of this book. And one of the best expansions of that setting is that we get to travel beyond Newcago. The bulk of this book takes place in Babylon Restored, the post-apocalyptic New York City which has been flooded by a Epic much like Steelheart turned Chicago to steel. Sanderson is a master at the show instead of tell form of world-building and does another fantastic job of explaining what this place is like in a way that you can perfectly visualize everything. From the underwater skyscapers to the vine-covered buildings, to the glowing spray paint, it was all interesting and outrageous but it feels so real and like you are actually there experiencing it.
And of course the person you are the most invested in is David, the main characters and protagonist. David is one of my absolute favorite characters. He's the perfect "everyman" and it's so easy to connect with him and his struggles throughout this series. He's smart, resourceful, and creative. He has had this really fantastic character arc becoming a hero and a leader. I really loved seeing him develop and evolve with this series. But David's biggest evolution was with his thoughts and actions. Throughout the book they perfectly mirrored the books exploration of good and evil. He has this admirable faith in humanity and his thoughts on Epics has evolved so much. He has sees the best in everyone and has this need to help others, but at the same time that means destruction. It's a really interesting dichotomy and one of my favorite things about this series. But my other favorite thing about David and this series is the humor. The series perfectly balances the serious moments with David's terrible metaphors and other ridiculous jokes. I can't wait to see how he develops in the last book in the series.
I also can't wait to see where the plot will take us in the final book in this series. I can't even begin to predict what will happen. If I've learned anything from the eight Sanderson books I read last year is that you cannot even begin to know what is about to happen. Firefight was a non-stop thrill ride full of action, adventure, and mystery. The plot of this book was expertly crafted as it slowly built to an amazing conclusion with so many thrilling scenes along the way. And the best part of course is the "trademark Sanderson plot twists." This book shocked me so much. Not only in terms of the big reveals about the world but also the direction the plot and characters went in. I spent so much of this book on the edge of my seat either biting my nails or trying to pick my jaw off the floor. Most of the plot deals with the expanded exploration of the world and that idea of power and corruption, but this is not your average fight of good against evil. It's much more dubious than that, and that is what I love about the plot of this series. It lives in that grey area and makes you question everything and everyone. And like all good series it had a specific plot line for this book and further explored the more big picture plot line of the series. It had me confused and enthralled and I cannot wait to see where it will go in Calamity, the final book in the series.
Buy/Borrow/Bypass: BUY! This book is not to be missed. If you liked Steelheart then you will of course like Firefight. It's just as good if not better than it's predecessor. If you haven't read Steelheart, get on that and read both that and this book. If you like Fantasy, Dystopia, Science Fiction, superheroes, crazy plot twists, complex characters, themes of power and control, fights of good versus evil, basically if you like anything read this book!
Have you read Firefight? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and of course HAPPY READING!
Oh and one more thing, as if this review wasn't long enough. I have a special treat. I am a huge fan of the audio of this series and even though I read an ARC I will probably still listen to the audiobook because it is that good. Thanks to Audible I have a four minute clip of the audio of Firefight so check it out, get excited, then head over there to get a copy, and love this book like I did!