Brandon Sanderson · Reckoners Trilogy · Young Adult

Firefight (Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson

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~Review~

Although Firefight wasn’t as well paced as Steelheart it was still captivating from the very first chapter until the very last. The twists were incredible and unpredictable, and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to explore more of the world, which was spectacular! The characters are more developed and interesting, and the writing was about as good as it was in the previous book. I really enjoyed Firefight and can’t wait to start the final book and see how it all plays out!

Plot

The plot of Steelheart focused a lot on Newcago, but in Firefight we finally get to explore more of the world and see how it compares. It was enthralling to be able to travel outside Newcago as David, Prof, and Tia make their way to Babylon Restored or as we know it Manhattan. Here they are attempting to take down quite a few Epics including Obliteration and Regalia, as well as locating and possibly eliminating Firefight.

Unlike the previous book, Firefight has quite a few more pacing issues. The beginning of the book was incredibly engaging because we get to explore more of the world and learn how others live compared to those living in Newcago. This was even more interesting once the team reached Babylon Restored. However, the middle of the book slowed down a bit and it wasn’t until the last hundred or so pages that it got so fascinating that I couldn’t put the book down! There is so much going on and so much information given towards the end of the book that it most definitely makes up for the slower parts.  We not only find out more about Calamity, but also more about Epics and what exactly may be making them behave the way they do, as well as some other interesting bits of information.

Throughout the book, there were quite a few twists and turns that kept me guessing!  It wasn’t too predictable and the ending was just spectacular! I am going to have to start the next book right away. I am so glad I waited until all the books were released before starting this series because I know that I would have been so frustrated had I had to wait to begin Calamity.

One thing I really didn’t like about this book was that the Reckoner team we have come to love was split up; however, we do get to meet a new Reckoner cell, which was intriguing, to say the least.

World-Building

I am really glad that Sanderson moved away from Newcago because I felt that it was thoroughly explored and beginning to get boring.

Discovering the new city of Babylon Restored for yourselves is going to be one of the most interesting parts of the book, so I won’t go into too much detail. I only want to say that instead of a steel city we get to explore a city that is almost completely submerged in water with only some of the roofs of buildings exposed. The way in which people live is so much different! There are also a few other things about the city that are fascinating including the glowing fruit and the nightlife!

Characters

David becomes a more developed character in this novel and we learn more about him as well. He most definitely is not without his faults and that is rather apparent in this book. David also appears to be afraid of water, which is pretty typical I would assume of someone who has spent most of their life in a city of steel, so I wasn’t too surprised. His feelings about water and whether or not he is able to conquer his fear is explored. I’m pleased to say that he is even becoming a bit better with his metaphors though as someone points out it is most commonly similes that he is good at and rather lacks good metaphors.

Prof is becoming an even more interesting character as he has to use his abilities much more often than he used to. It is having severe side effects and he may not be able to fight it. I can’t wait to see what happens with Prof in the last book!

Megan or Firefight is more developed in this book as well and until the last hundred pages are so we are never sure if she is actually trustworthy. We assume and hope, but you don’t find out until much later. Megan also reveals more about herself to David, which is all very exciting since she is so hesitant to tell anyone about her feelings or rather anything about herself.

David, Prof, and Megan were the only characters I was going to discuss, but I do want to mention that Regalia is such a compelling character and there is so much more to her that you don’t find out until later. I enjoyed trying to figure out what her motives were, but I was so incredibly wrong. Also, all the members of the new team were not anything special and I couldn’t connect with any of them. I think Missy was the only one with a bit of a personality.

Writing

I enjoyed the writing about as much as I did in Steelheart, but I do have to say that all the metaphors are getting annoying, however, that isn’t so much the writing, but David’s personality I would say. I just wish he would let up a bit. Otherwise, it was pretty good.

Cover

The cover is actually very eye-catching and well-designed. I wouldn’t be ashamed of having it on my shelf. I think it fits the book pretty well though I’m sure something more closely related could have been chosen, but I don’t know what that would be. I do like the title and it fits the book rather well.

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