Firefight by Brandon Sanderson. ★★★★
Firefight is the second book in Sanderson’s Reckoners series. It is absolutely crucial that you read the first book, Steelheart, before you read Firefight or this review. By the very nature of things, this review will contain spoilers (and fairly big ones) for Steelheart. If you haven’t read Steelheart, I’d go look into it, especially if you like superheroes.
I really enjoyed Firefight. This series is proving to be a lot of fun with plenty of action and a really cool set up. It’s certainly a cut above most of the other light YA reads I pick up. Also, no love triangle, thank goodness.
From the cover blurb: 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.
As the cover blurb and the title hint, Megan returns in Firefight. I’m generally not a fan of the “ultra-obsessed on first sight, I’m in looooove” type of romantic subplot favored by YA novels and that remains true for David and Megan. However, Megan does have greater importance besides tropey YA romance – as the end of Steelheart set up, she may provide a new path for Epics.
In turn, that leads me to something I really enjoyed about Firefight: the continued exploration of the Epics, namely Megan and Prof. Prof in particular has won a place in my heart, and he remains utterly fascinating in Firefight.
David continues not to do much for me as a protagonist. I don’t hate him, but I don’t love him. I just don’t particularly care about him, and I find the running “David’s bad with metaphor’s” joke annoying.
There’s a lot of really great stuff about Firefight that you should be familiar with from the first book such as the imaginative world building. Don’t worry, this doesn’t go away, and Firefight continues to explore and add to the world and the Epic lore.
In addition, the pacing is excellent. I ripped through the book in less than twenty-four hours. So, in conclusion, Firefight is a wonderful sequel to Steelheart, and anyone who liked the first book at all should get a copy immediately.