by Brandon Sanderson
Series: Reckoners #2
Published: January 6th 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Supernatural, Young Adult
Format: Paperback (416 pages)
Babylon Restored, formerly Manhattan, may give David answers. 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.
Firefight had more gimmicky metaphors, like Steelheart did, with unnecessary attention drawn to them. I very thoroughly marked all of the awkward metaphors in my book. Like when the main character, David, said he’s “intense like a lion is orange (pg 115)” to another character named Mizzy. They spent half a page arguing about what color a lion is until Mizzy finally says that he’s weird. I wrote in the margin “That’s subtle at least.” Until David opens his mouth on the very next line and tries to defend his metaphor (he even uses the word “metaphor”) and the note in my margin says “THAT’S NOT.” But with an eye roll, I moved on. Because like in Steelheart, corny metaphors with the subtly of a sledgehammer aside, the story is still very good.
David starts to have empathy for the Epics (aka superheroes) that he used to hate. Firefight explores the question of whether great power can create a utopia or just a world that looks like one. It also explores the the temptation that would come from having ultimate power but not using it. David’s gradual change of heart and the interesting themes kept me hooked to the story.
There’s some funny moments with new characters. Sometimes when reading a second book in a series, I find the new characters uninteresting and I’m glad that wasn’t the case in Firefight.
The world building was ok. It’s a dystopia with unexplained details like glowing lines everywhere on the buildings (oh my gosh why do they glow can someone please tell me). I did like the explanation of Epic powers being tied to their fears. Is there power or weakness in fear? That was an interesting question that Firefight brought up. If the Epics are motivated by fear, then they are classic bullies. Also, fear is of the dark side. But anyway.
There’s an awesome plot twist towards the end View Spoiler »David becomes an Epic « Hide Spoiler. I didn’t love Firefight as much as Steelheart, but the cool plot twist has convinced me to read the next book in the series.
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