Series: The Reckoners #2
Published by Delacorte Press on January 6, 2015
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, YA
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.
Review: I really went back and forth on the rating on this one. It’s not one of my absolute all-time favorites so when I gave it that 5 on Goodreads, it didn’t sit right with me. But then a 4? That seemed way too low.So I decided on a 4.5. GRs should really give us the option of half stars. But I am incredibly happy with this sequel. I think I liked it better than the first one, to be honest. Brandon Sanderson knows how to create worlds, that’s one thing I can tell you for certain.
The Good: There is so much to say here. Sanderson created a world where the superheroes are, in fact, the villains. Well, thinking about it…he created this world where the superheroes are villains and then he tore that concept to pieces in the sequel. Who are the heroes? This question will have you reeling throughout the book.
The characterization: Sanderson develops his characters through and through. I think this is probably the most common place that authors go awry – when their characters are not rounded enough, are too cliché, or are too similar to the characters around them. David is a very unique character with a very unique voice. Honestly, at first I had a hard time liking him when I read Steelheart. At that book and then the sequel continued though, I found myself laughing aloud at his quirkiness and rooting him on in his quest for love, hope, and good over evil.
I think my favorite quote from David: “I needed to say something. Something romantic! Something to sweep her off her feet. ‘You’re like a potato!’ I shouted after her.” I just laugh because that’s so awkward but I’m super awkward with boys I like too, so it’s probably something I would say.
The twists: Ah. Ah. Ah. I finished this last night and the end tripped me out! I freaked out about something and then it twisted and I sighed in relief and then it twisted again and I freaked out and then something else happened and I freaked out…and then it ended with the big words: “Calamity coming Spring 2016!” What. What. What. No. I can’t wait until next Spring to know what happens next! Bah. I’m still upset about that.
If you’ve read it, I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THIS. You might be able to guess what I’m talking about, but I want to know your opinion on it.
Recommendation: READ IT. Well, read Steelheart first. And then Mitosis (the short in-between novella). And then READ IT.