by Brandon Sanderson
Release date: 9.24.13
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.
Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.
And David wants in. He wants Steelheart — the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning — and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.
When David was 10 he watched Steelheart kill his father, watched his father think Steelheart was going to be one of the heroes he dreamed of and then die. All David wants is revenge. The only problem? Steelheart is one of the most powerful High Epics -- supervillains, basically -- and not even the Reckoners -- only people fighting back -- are brave enough to attack him.
Every Epic has a weakness, it's just a matter of finding it. And David's the only one who's seen Steelheart bleed.
I really loved this when I read it though it took me a while to get to it. The story and premise grab you right away -- super villains! A world -- our world -- now run by something similair to an eveloved human with super powers and the people who want to fight back! The writing is really fast paced with short chapters that kept me interested and invested the whole time. I want to say I found the begining a little slow but by the end I was flying through it and the only reason I dind't pick up the sequel right away was because I couldn't afford to buy it!
David is such a great character. He's funny and likable, and he does stupid things and makes mistakes. While his main goal is revenge and he's selfish sometimes and a little too cruel at points maybe, he also just really wants to help people.
There's equally great side characters and so many plot twists. Seriously.
Also THE WORLD. First, the actual world (at least the city in this book) is coated in steel...it's just such a cool idea. But then you have the Epic, these superhero-esque people only...they're all villains. They all seek power and see themselves as more than mere humans and seek to rule over humans, stepping on them like bugs under their feet. And yes, also there's those who still believe the good guys have to come, where there's evil there has to be good. And this is my favorite part of this book and the next ones. It's this struggle between good and evil, the same old same old but on a whole new level. David no longer believes in good Epics, he believes in the Reckoners, the only group who fights back. He believes in revenge. But he grows so much and at the end of this one I mostly couldn't wait to see what would happen next, what David would do next.
EVERYBODY READ THIS, OKAY?
by Brandon Sanderson
Release date: 1.6.15
From 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, Brandon Sanderson presents the second book in the Reckoners series: Firefight, the sequel to the #1 bestseller Steelheart.
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 David 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.
I always worry with sequels that they won't stand up and Steelheart was such a fast paced constant action kind of book I was really worried with this. For absolutely no reason. If anything I loved Firefight even more than Steelheart. Everything's amped up and there's a lot going on and a lot to figure out as the story progresses and still so many plot twists. A lot I saw coming but that didn't stop me from enjoying them any less.
Basically, this book was FANTASTIC. I was never bored, I loved the plot and the character growth. David got even better and I loved the dynamic between him and Prof in this book where Prof is almost resenting David. There's the whole, what do I do after completing my life's goal thing going on. David's second guessing a lot of things. David's trying to figure out how to save Megan and the rest of the world. And the plot twists!!! They kill me but also give me life.
Basically, if you liked or loved or just felt meh about Steelheart READ THIS. If you haven't read Steelheart, read it so you can read this. Basically, just everybody read this, okay?
Would I Recommend This? YES!
Who To? ALL THE PEOPLE.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Why do I insist on asking myself this question? OF COURSE!
This, of course, begs the question, if you could have a super power what would it be? But, let's be honest, the more important question is...would you be a hero or a villain? Personally, I'm a fan of the anti-hero, the line that straddles good and evil. But honestly, even if I had superpowers I'd still be the book-ish/nerdy introvert that I am and probably not leave the house long enough to be a hero or a villain...so I'd use my powers selfishly, I guess?