Firefight (Reckoners Series #2)

Firefight (Reckoners Series #2)

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by Brandon Sanderson
     
 

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The #1 New York Times bestseller and sequel to Steelheart—a novel that James Dashner called “fantastic.” Brandon Sanderson, the author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy, presents the second book in the…  See more details below

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The #1 New York Times bestseller and sequel to Steelheart—a novel that James Dashner called “fantastic.” Brandon Sanderson, the author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy, presents the second book in the Reckoners series: Firefight. And don’t miss Calamity, the exciting conclusion to the Reckoners series that's coming soon!
   Newcago is free.
   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 simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.
   Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic Regalia, Babylon Restored is flooded and miserable, but David is sure it's the path that will lead him to what he needs to find. Entering a city oppressed by a High Epic despot is risky, but David's willing to take the gamble. 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 now he will go on a quest darker and even more dangerous than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.

Praise for the Reckoners Series:

"The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive."—James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series

Another win for Sanderson . . . he’s simply a brilliant writer. Period.” —Patrick Rothfuss, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind
 
[STAR] “Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high-intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance . . . leaves [readers] panting for the sequel.” —Booklist, Starred
 
"Action-packed."—EW.com
 
Compelling. . . . Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store.” —The A.V. Club

An absolute page-turner."”—Publishers Weekly

"A straight-up Marvel Comics-style action drama."—Kirkus Reviews


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Praise for the Reckoners Series:

"The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive."—James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series

Another win for Sanderson . . . he’s simply a brilliant writer. Period.” —Patrick Rothfuss, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind
 
[STAR] “Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high-intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance . . . leaves [readers] panting for the sequel.” —Booklist, Starred
 
"Action-packed."—EW.com
 
Compelling. . . . Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store.” —The A.V. Club

An absolute page-turner."”—Publishers Weekly

"A straight-up Marvel Comics-style action drama."—Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal
04/01/2015
Gr 7 Up—A nonstop, explosive sequel to Sanderson's epic series opener, Steelheart (2013). With Steelheart dead, David returns to the city to fight three seemingly indestructable Epics. With smart-aleck dialogue and humorous descriptions balancing the violent battle scenes, Sanderson manages to explore deeper themes and character development along with the blockbuster plotline.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-11-04
Teen slayer of evil, superpowered Epics David Charleston carries the fight from Newcago to New York in this slash-and-burn sequel.Arriving with his boss, Jon Phaedrus, Dark Knight-ish founder of the Epic-killing Reckoners, David is stunned to find the city—now known as Babylon Restored, or Babilar—flooded, weirdly lit by glowing graffiti and populated by lotus eaters who subsist on glowing fruit that grows indoors. He faces three powerful Epics: Newton, who can deflect bullets; Obliteration, mad destroyer of Houston; and, most dangerous of all, hydromancer and wily former attorney Regalia. As in the previous episode (Steelheart, 2013), Sanderson presents a Marvel Comics-style mix of violently destructive battles, fabulous feats and ongoing inner wrestling over morality and identity. He lightens this with such elements as an Epic who is felled by Kool-Aid balloons and David's predilection for hilariously lame similes (a room is "lit by fruit that dangled from the ceiling like snot from the nose of a toddler who had been snorting glowsticks"). Risky romance plus late revelations about the source and flaw in all the Epics' powers set up the (probable) closer. Big in size and vision, this is the rare middle volume that keeps the throttle open and actually moves the story along significantly. (Fantasy. 11-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449818404
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/06/2015
Series:
Reckoners Series , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
4,040
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Brandon Sanderson is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Steelheart and Firefight, the first two books in the Reckoners series, and the internationally bestselling books in the Stormlight Archive and the Mistborn trilogy. He was also chosen to complete Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. He lives and writes in Utah. To learn more about Brandon and his books, visit him at brandonsanderson.com and follow @BrandSanderson on Twitter.


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Firefight 4.5 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 79 reviews.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
This is book 2 so may contain spoilers for book 1!  When I first listened to book one of this I immediately fell in love with the world and the characters and I couldn't see how Brandon Sanderson could top it, but top it he did!! Firefight was stupendous.  With Steelheart dead, NewCago is under the Reckoners control but lately there have been a few Epics who have come with one thing in mind, kill the person who took down Steelheart. Why are so many coming and for what reason??  They soon learn the reason and have to travel to Babylon Restored in search of the High Epic, Regalia. Things aren't as they seem there though, there are a lot of Epics in the city and Regalia has invited Obliteration there to, well, obliterate Bablyon Restored. Can the Reckoners stop Obliteration in time and find out what Regalias plan is? David also crosses paths with FireFight, can he get through to her and bring her back from the edge? I'm not going to say too much more about the plot in case I inadvertently spoil it so lets get straight to my thoughts.   As I said already, I didn't think that Sanderson could surpass book 1 but he did. This book is so full of awesomesauce that it's amazing, epic, phenomenal and anything else that comes to mind along those lines.  David is one of the best heroes I've read in a long time. He is brave, selfless, kind, funny and very witty but also reckless and impulsive. David has grown immensely from the boy who wanted nothing but revenge to the man who wants to help people, no matter who they are! He has many close shaves with Epics since joining the Reckoners, but Regalia and her posy take him to the brink. His strength, bravery and inherent niceness is something I love about him.  Poor Prof is suffering big time! Regalia is pushing him to his limits and beyond. Can he rein in his other self before it's too late?? Sanderson also introduces a few more characters. The Bablyon Restored branch of the Reckoners include, Val, Excel and Missy. Missy is another awesome character with her upbeat attitude. Her and David get on well together.  Then we have the High Epics of Babylon Restored- Regalia - the self appointed Queen of Bablyon Restored, Obiteration - well from his name his powers are pretty obvious, and Dawnslight - the mysterious Epic that the people seem to pray to.  Now, again, I thought how could the author top NewCago for a setting and again he did! Babylon Restored (Old Manhattan) is, basically, nearly underwater. Regalia wields water and has submerged most of the place so she can get around easy. Most people live on the higher levels and on roofs. The buildings are joined together by bridges, just look at the cover above and you get the idea! It was the perfect setting for this book.  Plot wise, Sanderson outdoes himself again. He continues to throw twists and turns at every opportunity. He is the master of storytelling!!! We learn a little more about Calamity, we also learn more about Prof and Firefight. Sandersons propensity for weaving a tale that you immediately dive into, to his characters that you cant help but love is phenomenal!  Firefight was an action packed, intense and at times emotional read. Everything about it is sheer perfection in a book. It has something to appeal to everyone and I seriously urge everyone to pick up a copy of this series, you wont regret it!! Another Epic addition to this amazing series.  I listened to the audio and again MacLeod Andrews did an amazing job. He portrays David, and all the rest, perfectly. He pulls you into the story and you can feel the heartache, fear and hope from David perfectly. His portrayal of David and Prof are my favourites but no matter which character he does, he gives each a different "voice". As I said in a different review, he is fast becoming my favourite narrator!  I just have one thing more to say about this book and that's go buy it NOW!!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished it, very good book to read.
LocaLacey1 More than 1 year ago
Wow, just finished the book (I'm a fast reader). Usually sequels are not as good as the first work, but this one was even better than the first. Sanderson has definitely rocketed his way to my list of favorite authors. I love how the story makes you question every detail and rethink your perception of what is happening. Amazing, "Epic" storytelling. Lots of action and definitely not boring. Can't wait for the next work in the series.
Confessions-of-Carlisa More than 1 year ago
I really went back and forth on the rating on this one. It’s not one of my absolute all-time favorites so when I gave it that 5 on Goodreads, it didn’t sit right with me. But then a 4? That seemed way too low.So I decided on a 4.5. GRs should really give us the option of half stars. But I am incredibly happy with this sequel. I think I liked it better than the first one, to be honest. Brandon Sanderson knows how to create worlds, that’s one thing I can tell you for certain. The Good: There is so much to say here. Sanderson created a world where the superheroes are, in fact, the villains. Well, thinking about it…he created this world where the superheroes are villains and then he tore that concept to pieces in the sequel. Who are the heroes? This question will have you reeling throughout the book. The characterization: Sanderson develops his characters through and through. I think this is probably the most common place that authors go awry – when their characters are not rounded enough, are too cliché, or are too similar to the characters around them. David is a very unique character with a very unique voice. Honestly, at first I had a hard time liking him when I read Steelheart. At that book and then the sequel continued though, I found myself laughing aloud at his quirkiness and rooting him on in his quest for love, hope, and good over evil. I think my favorite quote from David: “I needed to say something. Something romantic! Something to sweep her off her feet. ‘You’re like a potato!’ I shouted after her.” I just laugh because that’s so awkward but I’m super awkward with boys I like too, so it’s probably something I would say. The twists: Ah. Ah. Ah. I finished this last night and the end tripped me out! I freaked out about something and then it twisted and I sighed in relief and then it twisted again and I freaked out and then something else happened and I freaked out…and then it ended with the big words: “Calamity coming Spring 2016!” What. What. What. No. I can’t wait until next Spring to know what happens next! Bah. I’m still upset about that. The Bad: I’m sure you’re wondering why it was so hard for me to give it a five. I just have a hard time with this one part. Literally just one moment, I don’t think it takes up more than one page, if that. But I can’t tell you because I can’t ruin anything for you. I just felt like it was a cop-out. It was too easy of a solution. And then it wasn’t explained. Maybe it will be addressed in the third and then I will go back to singing only praises. If you’ve read it, I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THIS. You might be able to guess what I’m talking about, but I want to know your opinion on it. Recommendation: READ IT. Well, read Steelheart first. And then Mitosis (the short in-between novella). And then READ IT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe in the heroes!
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Buy it
Anonymous 4 months ago
Love it full of action and as soon as you think its predictable the climax changes everything
Anonymous 6 months ago
I've grown far too spoiled having both books one and two in this series available to me, because now there is no book three out in print yet, and I'm not sure how I'll wait for it to appear. I had my doubts about whether FIREFIGHT would live up to the awesomeness that was STEELHEART, especially since the story's title seemed to indicate that it would center around a character who I haven't been all that fond of. Now, I'm happy to say that all of my concerns about Middle Book Syndrome went completely unfounded. FIREFIGHT raises the stakes for David and the Reckoners in new and interesting ways, by taking them out of Newcago and sending them east to what was formerly NYC, a city now run by a powerful epic named Regalia. Loyalties are tested, new team members are introduced, and David finds new and interesting ways to push the boundaries on every assignment he has. Bad metaphors and epic moments of badassery abound. One of my favorite things about this series as a whole has always been the precision and depth which with Sanderson builds the post-Calamity world. Every detail mentioned in FIREFIGHT, from the flowering plants growing throughout the city, to the powers possessed by specific Epics are included for a reason, and that reason almost always ends up being the one that the reader least expects. Plus, book two in the series has a lot more girl power than book one, thanks in large part to Missy and Megan. They're such polar opposites as characters, and the relationships that David has with them are different and equally necessary. I also finally understand Megan's appeal, both as a character and a potential LI, but I won't go into detail in the interest of avoiding spoilers. Overall, a phenomenal sequel and incredibly kickass story in its own right. I can't wait for book three!
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Marleene More than 1 year ago
This book was full of twists and turns and it was fast to read, and Brandon Sanderson uses a perfect mix between humor and action. It's been a long time since I read a book that I really struggled to put down, an even if this one didn't really reach the whole way to the top there, it was one of the better ones in a long while. I do find it a bit dragging towards the middle and at the end, but at the same time the ending part may just be because I was too eager to find out what happened and didn't have the patience to wait for it. And this time I remember the main character, David (unlike after the first book in the series). I also loved how he evolved in this one and how things about the Epics got more explained to the reader. I love the way Sanderson have developed the main character, and the way he has made us see this boys nerdy personality (even if David himself hates being called a nerd). He's such a fun character to follow in this book and his language is what brings light into an otherwise dark story. The writing is superb and it makes me curious to read more book by the author. I like this book a lot better than the first one in the series, Steelheart, but I also believe that I needed the knowledge from Steelheart to enjoy this book too. So if you want to read this series, do it in order. Judging by the name though, I thought the book would be more about Firefight than what it was, but at the same time I like the setup just the way it is. And the ending made me want to read more, so now I'm just waiting for the third book to come out.
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Firt is good but i havent got to read yet.recomend to all brandon sanderson fans:steelheart,way of kings,words of radiance,and the rithmatist.
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Mythicalreader More than 1 year ago
This book has battles, love, and intrigue - all the elements of a good story.
OE_coordinator More than 1 year ago
If you have not read the first three books then do! Then move forward with Firefight. The story line moves in a direction I didn't expect. I'm excited to read the next one.
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The feels that this book gives is such a phnominal thing
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