Firefight - YA Review by Eli S-M

Reader: Eli S-M
Age: 15
Title: Firefight
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pub Date: 01/06/15
Galley: Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: I would wholeheartedly recommend this book. While the interactions between characters were occasionally a little stiff and unnatural, Firefight's positive qualities far outweigh its negative ones. The pacing is excellent- action lies around every corner, secrets unfold at just the right times to keep you reading, the fight sequences are exciting, and the mysteries keep you guessing.
Memorable or Forgettable: This book was extremely memorable. Like the book before it, Steelheart, much of what made Firefight memorable was its unique world. Epic powers and weaknesses continue to be exciting, cinematic, and intriguing. The near future, post(ish)-apocalyptic setting is described and implemented wonderfully. More so, the flooded city of Babylon Restored allows the characters to explore a new, dynamic environment that differs greatly from the steel skyline of Newcago. In this way, the world of Firefight manages to feel both different and fundamentally the same as the world of Steelheart.
Cover: The cover tempted me to pick the book up. The skyline of Manhattan is displayed at the bottom, which does reflect the book's contents, but the object in the center of the page does little to represent Firefight.
Age Range: Under 12 through 17
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: Firefight is the second installment in The Reckoners series, which follows a young man as he works with a shadowy group to assassinate the twisted, super-powered individuals, called Epics, that have taken over his world. In Firefight, the Reckoners travel to the city of Babylon Restored, formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, in order to confront the powerful and manipulative Epic called Regalia.

tags:  science fiction / dystopian / superheroes / The Reckoners series / ya lit

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