Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
Series: Reckoners #2
Published on January 6th, 2015
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From 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, Brandon Sanderson presents the second book in the Reckoners series: Firefight, the sequel to the #1 bestseller Steelheart.
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 more simple. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there's no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.
Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David's willing to risk it. 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 he's willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.
“My name is David Charleston. I kill people with super powers.”
What. A. Book.
This series is getting better and better with each book, and I’m fighting the urge to re-listen to each just so I can relive all of the awesome.
Time to break it down:
Technically this follows the same premise as the previous book (as it is a continuation). I loved that we could revisit the Reckoners as they continue their journey to eradicate all of the evil Epics who seek to intimidate the humans by causing destruction and chaos. Even though this series kind of has a X-men-like feel to it, it still brings enough originality that makes it stand out in my mind.
Between the Reckoners and the Epics, I don’t know which I like more! Sure, some are good, and some are evil, but I found it hard to not be drawn to the story without being fascinated by each individual character in this book. (And of course, my love for David is STRONG with this one.)
Usually I can pinpoint things I “didn’t like”, but honestly, I don’t have any real negative feedback for this book. I guess I could say the only thing I didn’t like was the fact that it ended. That, or the fact that I have to wait another year before the story continues. *shrugs*
As with the first book (Steelheart), Firefight ‘s plot was rich with character development, entertaining dialogue, and lots of action and suspense. Then, add in a couple gasp-inducing twists, and a mild cliff-hanger ending, and that should tell you why I gave this book 4.5 glowing stars.
Can all audio books be narrated by MacLeod Andrews? PLEASE? Seriously guys. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to listen to a book narrated by him, you are missing out. His performance in Firefight was pretty amazing. There were times I felt like I was being transported into the scene by MacLeod’s acting/voice.
Listen to a sample from the audio book:
“You can’t immerse yourself in something,” Prof said softly, “without coming to respect it.”
“You’re like a potato!” I shouted after her. “In a minefield.”
She froze in place. Then she spun on me, her face lit by a half-grown fruit. “A potato,” she said flatly. “That’s the best you can do? Seriously?”
“It makes sense,” I said. “Listen. You’re strolling through a minefield, worried about getting blown up. And then you step on something, and you think, ‘I’m dead.’ But it’s just a potato. And you’re so relieved to find something so wonderful when you expected something so awful. That’s what you are. To me.”
“Sure. French fries? Mashed potatoes? Who doesn’t like potatoes?”
“Plenty of people. Why can’t I be something sweet, like a cake?”
“Because cake wouldn’t grow in a minefield. Obviously.”
“Don’t do anything stupid.’
‘Don’t worry,’ I whispered over the line, ‘I’m an expert on stupid.’
‘Like, I can spot stupidity, because I know it so well. The way an exterminator knows bugs really well, and can spot where they’ve been? I’m like that. A stupidinator.’
‘Never say that word again,’ Prof said.”
(*See my speedy review of book 1 HERE!*)
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