Author: Brandon Sanderson
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genres: Science Fiction | Fantasy | Dystopian
Released: January 6th 2015
Review Source: Random House
A #1 New York Times Bestseller 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.
This story progressed so nicely from the first book in this series. Absolutely great character growth, consistency, and new characters introduced. I liked his one a lot more than Steelheart.
David has grown so much as a character in this book. He’s become more confident in his abilities not only as a Reckoner, but as a person. I am starting to really love him. He has this adorable personality that I just cannot get enough of.
This book, however, is in a completely different setting. I didn’t find it offsetting, though. Steelheart was set in a place of perpetual darkness and uniformed buildings, Firefight was set in a submerged city filled with glowing fruit and bridges.
A lot of things come to light in this book. We get a closer look at just what Epics actually are, without too much being revealed. There is still a high level of curiosity in this book. The subtle love story behind it becomes more prominently present, which I enjoyed. I guess I can be characterized as some sort of hopeless romantic, considering how happy I was about this.
Though there are new characters, a few of the originals are not in this book.They did not get killed off, they’re just not dominant characters within this new setting. I hope they make more of an appearance in the following book, Calamity.
Overall, I really enjoyed the continuation of this story. I loved David’s progression, the new characters, the different setting. To top it all off, it ended in a cliffhanger! So, I cannot wait for the next installment of The Reckoners. This story surprisingly grew on me so much while reading Firefight.
Check out my review for Steelheart (Reckoners #1) HERE!