Series: Reckoners #2
Published by: Gollancz
ISBN 13: 9780575104495
Published: January 2015
Format reviewed: Paperback
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Four out of Five
Related Reviews: Steelheart (Reckoners #1)
Firefight by Brandon Sanderson is the second in the Reckoners series, though there is also a short novella set between the first and second book called Mitosis. The third book, Calamity, is currently due out January 2016.
The plot of this book picks up a little after the end of the first book, Megan has left the team and they’re left picking up the pieces and trying to get grips with the world without Steelheart. This means more work for them now that everyone can see what’s possible – more Epics to take out, more order to restore.
Soon they find themselves heading to Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, where the professor introduces his team to another he works in conjunction with. Here we meet Val, Mizzy and Exel, and hear of another team member they’ve recently lost.
What David is soon to realise is, is that he’s part of a puzzle. Sometimes he’s not always right and sometimes he doesn’t have all the answers – and as a guy who’s searched for information and tried to be the most knowledgeable on Epics for so long, this comes as a bit of a shock.
The first book had its issues – a bit slow at the start, a distanced protagonist and something a little lacking from the world. The second book suffers greatly from the first issue again – slow to start. Again, this book felt like it took ages to get into, but from there it was incredibly enjoyable, hard to put down and completely rewarding.
The protagonist is now quite welcoming and drags the reader around quite firmly, and the world feels like it’s missing a little something because that’s the entire point (took me a while to realise this!) This is a world that has been ravaged and is left wanting, and seeing different parts of the world in Firefight makes it all feel so much more diverse and interesting. Though there’s plot reasons and spoilers for this, so I won’t say anymore on the subject.
In this book we see David becoming more and more of an individual, a guy he is as himself when he’s not devoting every waking minute to revenge for his father. All the characters in this are varied and interesting, most you can’t guess at with what they’ll do next, and this book packs a few surprising wallops too for good measure. All of the characters are coming together really nicely, in a style that Sanderson is known for.
So even though this was a struggle to get into, it’s once again left me dang eager for the next one!