Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Review: FIREFIGHT by Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 4/5 stars

Firefight was both stronger and weaker than Steelheart, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

We’re still following David and the Reckoners, but now we get to see a new group of Reckoners as David and Prof travel to Babilar, once New York City, and team up with the crew there.

I absolutely love the setting of this book. It’s New York but with extremely high water levels in a dome around the city so everyone lives on the rooftops. Plus there’s glowing fruit and psychedelic vibes and trees that grow fortune cookies—it all was super neat, and I want to visit this place. 

In Firefight, we see more crazy action scenes and awesomely unique technology, some facets that make this a strong story like the first one. But the payoff wasn’t as good. The kills were too easy in my opinion, and the ending was a little confusing and wasn’t as epic as I hoped it would be (like the ending of Steelheart that blew my mind). There weren’t any big reveals or twists, and that made the ending feel weak to me because I was really hoping for more. 

In fact, I think this book almost steered toward cliches at times, and I was really worried about what was going to happen. There was just enough Sanderson flair that it still felt somewhat original, but I’m nervous about the final book, to be honest. 

Also, I think it’s worth noting that the writing in this series isn’t the best; Sanderson has much more prolific and tightly woven stories, but I still enjoy these books for the good times that they are. 

I love the running gag that David can’t use metaphors at all and always comes up with terrible ones that make no sense. This book, like the first, is full of humor. The jokes and goofy metaphors are the best part of the story. 

The Reckoners books are just plain fun to read. I’m glad I’m finally getting to them, and I’m looking forward to wrapping up David’s story in Calamity. I really hope the ending of that one doesn’t disappoint. 

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