08 February 2016

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

Published: 2015

# of Pages: 416

Source: Purchased Copy, Books-A-Million

Favorite Quotes:

  • "We want what we can't have, even when we have no right to demand it." 
  • "You can't immerse yourself in something," Prof said softly, "without coming to respect it." 
  • "The two great constants of life. Food and death." 
  • "My name is David Charleston. I kill people with super powers." 
Goodreads Summary/Blurb

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 Dave 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. 

Warning: As this is the second book in a series it may contain some spoilers.

My Thoughts/Review:

After the events of Steelheart, Newcago is a brand new city--it has been freed from one of the most powerful Epics in the world. However, the Reckoners find themselves in a dilemma. How are they supposed to prevent new Epics from coming to take over? And yes, they do come with a particular vengeance set aside for David Charleston. Although it's a little slower that the first book, Firefight is filled with so much information and various plot twist and turns. 

What I enjoyed most about this novel was the introduction of new characters mainly new Epics. I have this fascination with learning about their powers and weaknesses almost as much as David. The reader is also introduced to a new city called Babylon Restored, a former version of Manhattan. This city contains some pretty fascinating Epics and elements which gives it a striking difference from
Newcago. It is completed covered with water and contains fruit that randomly grows with no dirt or fertilizer. While there we also meet a new group of Reckoners who are extremely different from the ones in the first novel. Sanderson does a wonderful job incorporating them into the story line. It was a beautiful, smooth transition. 

The plot of this book was exceptional. At first I assumed it was going to be rather slow because there was less action than in the novella and the first novel; however, this novel is more focused on building the overall story and giving the reader information in terms of how the world came to exist with the presence of Calamity. This book provided so much insight that it even tied up the loose ends of the first novel. It also made me question what role Calamity plays in this new world. One improvement that I liked and saw within Firefight was the development of the relationship between Megan and David. In the first novel it felt a little forced and rushed, but in this second installment it feels more natural. And I really appreciated that Megan kept her tough personality. She also plays an extremely vital role in understanding how Epics control their powers. 

If you have not started this series I highly recommend it. It has a little bit of everything in it from action to adventure to suspense. And brace yourself for one absolutely crazy ending. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars


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