How’s your 2020 TBR pile coming along? Mine mocks me. Now that things have slowed down a little for school, I am reading a bit more. It’s been really nice. I hope you’re getting to chisel out some reading time for yourself in the midst of all this. Self care, and all that.
This week, I’ve been reading Firefight by Brandon Sanderson. I’ll be honest with you; I’m not quite half way done with it, but here’s why I’m throwing you a review anyway. Firefight is the sequel to Steelheart, and I’m still trying to figure out how I want to handle sequel reviews. Obviously, I don’t want to spoil any pieces of the book itself, but I also don’t want to spoil anything for previous books in the series. There will probably be sequel books in the future that I completely avoid altogether, and I don’t love the idea of reviewing a book that I haven’t read to completion.
Here’s why I’m bypassing all of that for Firefight. 1) I have been really behind on blogging, and I don’t want to miss another Friday post. 2) I’m confident that I can give you the gist of the plot without spoiling the end of the previous book (the fact that a sequel exists at all indicates that at least someone survived the previous book). 3) I am very confident in Brandon Sanderson, and do not expect some curve ball, terrible ending. 3.5) If I’m wrong, and the ending does not stand up to how I feel about the first half of the book, I’ll send anyone who buys the book between now and me finishing an Amazon gift card. (Don’t hold your breath, I am loving this book.)
Edit: The ending rocked!
Let’s get into it, Wyrms!
I’m going to go ahead and skip reading you the back of the book. It would heavily spoil the end of Steelheart for you. I checked. The bit I’ll tell you is that David finds himself in Babylon Restored, formerly Manhattan. Right away, we see such a cool difference between Epics. Steelheart’s Newcago was a city encased in steel, where society lives under the thumb of an authoritarian mad man. Regalia’s Babylon Restored, however, is something else entirely. Her water manipulation powers have flooded the city by raising the water level, but only in the city. Imagine a literal mountain of water that peaks just under Manhattan’s rooftops. Fruit trees grow wild in the buildings, feeding the relatively happy population. Oh, and the fruit and graffiti are florescent, but no one is sure who causes that part. Cool, right?
However, nothing about Babylon Restored throws David as much as the culture shock. Coming from such a suppressed society, David can’t comprehend how the citizens of Babylon are so laid back. They don’t stress about Epic attacks because what could they do about them anyway? It’s a really fascinating character arc for David to walk through. One thing about him never changes, though, and it still makes me giddy to read. Get ready for David’s metaphors!
“‘Well, trust me,’ I said. ‘I’m more intense than I look. I’m intense like a lion is orange.'”
“‘I nodded slowly. ‘Like a catapult that shoots enormous grapes.'”
“‘You’re like a potato!’ I shouted after her. ‘In a minefield.'”
I’ve been told that the audio books for the Reckoners series really bring David’s awkwardness to life, and I am seriously considering picking them up just for that aspect alone.
As always, leave me a comment. Let me know if you’ve read Firefight, and if so, what was your favorite metaphor? Potato in a minefield is my favorite right now. The scene just keeps getting better and better. If you haven’t already, consider signing up for BookWyrm Cove’s newsletters to keep up to date with my blog posts. I try to get one out every other Thursday, so I’m not blowing up your inbox. Happy reading, BookWyrms!
Update to add: Hey BookWyrms, after I wrote this post, I signed on for Amazon’s affiliate program. If you use my link to order your own copy, you’ll be supporting my efforts to be a full time writer. Thanks, guys!