Firefight by Brandon Sanderson is the second in his YA contemporary fantasy trilogy Reckoners about ordinary humans turned megalomanic villains when they received superpowers. It continues the story – begun in Steelheart – of David and the Reckoners who aim to bring down the despotic Epics. If you enjoyed Steelheart, you’ll likely have fun with Firefight – it’s more of the same. It continues on the theme of power corrupting and strength of spirit perhaps overcoming this.
What I liked
Expanded world and character set. In this instalment David and the Reckoners leave Newcago, the location of the first book, to go take on a new Epic, Regalia, in Babylar, in other words, New York. It’s always fun when an author takes you new places, and Sanderson’s world building is excellent. His take on New York is unique and adds to the whole scope of the novel. As well as new locations we also meet new characters. They are a lot of fun and and are reasonably fleshed out.
New layers in the whole origin of the Epics plot. In this book, David learns more about the cause of the Epics’ superpowers and their weaknesses. I imagine we’ll learn even more in book three, Calamity.
The pacing. As with most of Sanderson’s works, the story moves along at a brisk pace with something always going on. It helped keep my interest in reading.
The narration. This is one of the first audiobooks I have listened to since getting my hearing aids. It was narrated by MacLeod Andrews who did a great job of bringing the characters to life.
What I didn’t like
David’s dodgy metaphors/similes. At first in Steelheart this quirk was cute and funny. By the end of the first book it was getting very old. By the time we reached Firefight I was truly done with it. I hope it’s moderated considerably in book three… It was beginning to drive me nuts.
I did enjoy Firefight – it is a fun, easy read – and I gave it four stars out of five.