Today I’m reviewing Firefight by Brandon Sanderson, which is the sequel to Steelheart. This review contains spoilers. I read Firefight in late December; and I’m going to talk about what I like, what I don’t like, and my overall thoughts.
I love the worldbuilding. I like the setting in the first book, and this setting is just as intriguing. We’ve left Newcago, and now we’re in New Babylon. I find it interesting that the city is flooded, and there are glowing plants and graffiti. These settings are really different and unique, and I love that about Sanderson’s worldbuilding.
When I reviewed Steelheart, I talked about how much I love Cody’s quirkiness. In this book, we’re introduced to Exel, who is another great quirky character. I still like following David. I still love how nerdy he is, and I really love that he’s afraid of water. It makes the story more interesting given that it’s set in a city full of water. It adds a lot of tension. I really like all of his breakthroughs as well. He figures out the key to discovering the Epics’ weaknesses, which is something people have been trying to do for the ten years since Calamity. He has another breakthrough when he manages to win Megan over from the darkness that usually consumes Epics. He has yet another breakthrough when Calamity tries to give him Epic powers and he turns them down. That says a lot about his character, and it helps us understand more about how Epics came to be. I really love all these breakthroughs David makes.
I also really like Dawnslight because he’s in a coma, and yet he’s still able to wield Epic powers and communicate. He’s a fascinating Epic. One of my favorite things about this book is that Prof turns dark and becomes a supervillain like most Epics do. Prof tries so hard to not use his powers and stay good, but then he goes dark. He’s one of the most powerful Epics out there, so he’s too powerful of an enemy for the main cast to have, and they have to try to win him back. I love that twist even though I did see it coming. It makes the story way more interesting.
There’s only one thing I don’t like about this book, and that is that the team turn on David. They go against him because of what he’s been doing with Megan, and they think he’s betrayed him. If someone on my team were to contribute as much as David has, I would give them more leeway and allow them to explain themselves. I don’t understand why the characters just turn on him and abandon him in an underwater mansion.
Despite Firefight having fewer things I dislike, I like Steelheart a little more. Firefight is a middle book, and I rarely like middle books, and I just found Steelheart more interesting. Firefight is a really engaging read, though. I read through it in a day or two, and I enjoyed it.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book. If you have, what do you think of it? If you haven’t read it, are you interested in reading it? I’m interested to hear your thoughts.