Firefight, by Brandon Sanderson

January 27, 2017

Review by J.J. Stoen

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this review if you have not read Steelheart!

In the sequel to Steelheart, David Charleston, a member of a rebelling society called the Reckoners, finds himself in an odd situation. He was moved from Newcago to Babilar, a city in peril. Leaving his friends, he was annoyed to be moved by his boss, Professor Jonathan Phaedrus. He also finds that the true love of his life, Megan, a.k.a Firefight, is an Epic, a person randomly gifted with powers. She can reincarnate if killed. Phaedrus does not approve of his love, so he starts attacking David. When Firefight tells him her weakness, David worries more than before. Not only that, he has to deal with Regalia and Obliteration, two high Epics who are after him. So now he has to worry about not 1, not 2, but 3 things that are after him, and also try to protect Firefight. When Phaedrus discovers Firefight’s weakness, he starts full-on attacking her with her weakness. David rushes over to her aid,  meanwhile Regalia, Phaedrus and Obliteration are coming. Will David survive? Will Megan survive? Find out what happens in this Epic-god praying, backstabbing, heartbreaking, bloody, furious novel.

I honestly think that this book was better than the first novel, with more gadgets and more romance and even more action. A lot of people say that they liked the detail in their book reviews, but there is so much to like about this book that I can’t say JUST that. I liked how David thought that most of the Reckoners were on his team, but many of them were either loyal to Phaedrus or spies. All of this hyjinx just makes this book a crazy awesome war zone. The action in this book was the best part though. Basically at any random point in this book David is either running as fast as he can or battling an Epic, or better, a backstabbing Reckoner. I also liked how everyone referred to Calamity as a person rather than a thing. But the most touching thing about this book is how much he battled for his true love. I didn’t like science fiction before. But after reading this novel, I found out how great it really is! And now, it’s my favorite genre.

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