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Firefight (Reckoners #2) By: Brandon Sanderson

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Firefight (Reckoners #2) By: Brandon Sanderson

Plot:

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:

Sanderson certainly knows how to write a climactic ending. I was on the edge of my seat as the book came to a close and immediately wanted to read the next. In the heat of the moment I forgot all the little things that annoyed me and had to know what was going to happen next, now that I’m done though all those little things are rearing their heads.

David is an annoying protagonist. I’m not sure if it’s just because he’s acting like a typical nineteen year old boy or if the writing really is inconsistent. One minute David is figuring out something that no one else has before, the next he’s acting like a complete idiot. Flashes of brilliance followed by extreme idiocy. Could just be a typical nineteen year old boy.

I enjoyed how the world was developed but I’m not really liking the Reckoners. They deal with too much black and white and are so resistant to anything they don’t immediately understand. They don’t seem willing to explore new ideas and it was a constant battle for David to get them to do anything.

There were a few deaths in the book but none of them hit me. The characters just didn’t resonate with me and their loss felt like nothing. Their deaths didn’t impact the story in any way except to prove that someone was evil and honestly I already didn’t like that person.

There’s a short story in between this book and the first, Mitosis. I bought it while it was on sale, but was in the middle of reading something else and then totally forgot it. I highly recommend reading it before this book because it’s referenced several times and seems to do a fair amount of world building by explaining Epics powers and weaknesses.

Even with what I disliked this book was still great. I didn’t think it was as dark as the first and I ended up flying through it. Excited for the next in the series, but I have a wait since its current release date is Feb. 16, 2016.

4.5/5

Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon By: Richard Roberts

Please Dont Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon

Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon (Please Don’t Tell My Parents) By: Richard Roberts

Plot:

Supervillains do not merely play hooky. True, coming back to school after a month spent fighting – and defeating – adult superheroes is a bit of a comedown for the Inscrutable Machine. When offered the chance to skip school in the most dramatic way possible, Penelope Akk can’t resist. With the help of a giant spider and mysterious red goo, she builds a spaceship and flies to Jupiter. Mutant goats. Secret human colonies. A war between three alien races with humanity as the prize. Robot overlords and evil plots. Penny and her friends find all this and more on Jupiter’s moons, but what they don’t find are any heroes to save the day. Fortunately, they have an angry eleven year old and a whole lot of mad science…

Review:

After the last book I was excited to read the next, even with the problems I mentioned.

I still like the world created and there was a ton more of that going on. The characters were fine, though, Penny’s partners in crime are starting to get one dimensional, and other than using their superpowers, they weren’t utilized very much in this book, they had no growth.

My problem with the series so far is that she got labeled a supervillian and is fine with it, even though she wants to be a hero. There were little bits where she started to think she could crossover, but after a few misunderstandings that didn’t work out. I’m getting tired of misunderstandings in this series. She acts one way, trying to be heroic, but then her actions are misunderstood. Annoying.

These books were clearly not written for me and I’m sure someone in middle school, high school age range would really enjoy them. For me, though, I’m probably not going to jump as quickly on the next.

3.5/5