Firefight (The Reckoners Series #2)

Firefight (The Reckoners Series #2)

by Brandon Sanderson

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Overview

The #1 New York Times bestseller and sequel to Steelheart from Brandon Sanderson, the author of Oathbringer, 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!
    David Charleston has lived for one purpose: to kill Steelheart, the supremely powerful, seemingly invincible Epic who murdered his father. Now Steelheart is dead and David is beginning to question everything that he—and the world—understands about the superhumans they call Epics.
    David’s suspicions are the reason he follows Prof to the flooded city once known as New York. But what he finds there could be what ultimately ends him. The truth might just burn deepest of all. . . .

Praise for the Reckoners Series:

#1 New York Times Bestselling 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
 
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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385743594
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Series: Reckoners Series , #2
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 31,485
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Reckoners series: Steelheart, Firefight, and Calamity, as well as 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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“David?” The voice came from my earpiece.

I shook out of my reverie. I’d been staring at Calamity again, but nearly thirteen years had passed since Calamity’s rise. I wasn’t a kid at home with my father any longer; I wasn’t even an orphan working the munitions factory in the understreets.

I was a Reckoner.

“Here,” I answered, shouldering my rifle and crossing the rooftop. It was night, and I swore I could see a red cast to everything from Calamity’s light, though it had never again appeared as bright as it had that first evening.

Downtown Newcago spread out before me, its surfaces reflecting starlight. Everything was steel here. Like a cyborg from the future with the skin ripped off. Only, you know, not murderous. Or, well, alive at all.

Man, I thought. I really do suck at metaphors.

Steelheart was dead now, and we had reclaimed Newcago’s upper streets—including many amenities the elite had once reserved for themselves. I could take a shower every day in my own bathroom. I almost didn’t know what to do with such luxury. Other than, you know, not stink.

Newcago, at long last, was free.

It was my job to make sure it stayed that way.

“I don’t see anything,” I whispered, kneeling beside the edge of the rooftop. I wore an earpiece that connected wirelessly to my mobile. A small camera on the earpiece allowed Tia to watch what I was seeing, and the earpiece was sensitive enough to pick up what I said, even when I spoke very softly.

“Keep watching,” Tia said over the line. “Cody reports that Prof and the mark went your direction.”

“It’s quiet here,” I whispered. “Are you sure—”

The rooftop exploded just beside me. I yelped, rolling backward as the entire building shook, the blast spraying bits of broken metal across me. Calamity! Those shots packed a punch.

“Sparks!” Cody yelled over the line. “She got around me, lad. Coming up on your north side—”

His voice was drowned out as another glowing energy pulse shot up from the ground below and ripped the side off the rooftop near where I hid.

“Run!” Tia yelled.

Like I needed to be told. I got moving. To my right, a figure materialized out of light. Dressed in a black jumpsuit and sneakers, Sourcefield wore a full mask—like a ninja might wear—and a long black cape. Some Epics bought into the whole “inhuman powers” thing more than others. Honestly, she looked ridiculous—even if she did glow faintly blue and crackle with energy spreading across her body.

If she touched something, she could transform into energy and travel through it. It wasn’t true teleportation, but close enough—and the more conductive the substance, the farther she could travel, so a city made of steel was kind of like paradise for her. It was surprising it had taken her so long to get here.

As if teleportation weren’t enough, her electrical abilities also made her impervious to most weapons. The light shows she gave off were famous; I’d never seen her in person before, but I’d always wanted to see her work.

Just not from so close up.

“Scramble the plan!” Tia ordered. “Prof? Jon! Report in! Abraham?”

I listened with only half an ear as a globe of crackling electricity whizzed by me. I skidded to a stop and dashed the other way as a second globe passed right through where I’d been standing. That one hit the rooftop, causing another explosion and making me stumble. Shards of metal pelted my back as I scrambled to the side of the building.

Then I leaped off.

I didn’t fall far before hitting the balcony of a penthouse apartment. Heart pounding, I darted inside. A plastic cooler waited on the other side by the door. I threw open the lid and fished around, trying to remain calm.

Sourcefield had come to Newcago earlier in the week. She’d started killing immediately—random people, no perceivable purpose behind it. Just like Steelheart had done in his early days. Then she’d started calling out for the citizens to turn in the Reckoners, so she could bring us to justice.

A twisted brand of Epic justice. They killed whomever they wanted, but to strike back was an offense so great they could barely conceive it. Well, she’d see soon enough. So far, our plan to bring her down wasn’t going terribly well, but we were the Reckoners. We prepared for the unexpected.

From the cooler, I pulled out a water balloon.

This, I thought, had better work.

Tia and I had debated for days on Sourcefield’s weakness. Every Epic had at least one, and often they were random. You had to research an Epic’s history, the things they avoided, to try to figure out what substance or situation might negate their powers.

This balloon contained our best guess as to Sourcefield’s weakness. I turned, hefting the balloon in one hand, rifle in the other, watching the doorway and waiting for her to come after me.

“David?” Tia asked over the earpiece.

“Yeah?” I whispered, anxious, balloon ready to throw.

“Why are you watching the balcony?”

Why was I . . . 

Oh, right. Sourcefield could travel through walls.

Feeling like an idiot, I jumped backward just as Sourcefield came down through the ceiling, electricity buzzing all around her. She hit the floor on one knee, hand out, a ball of electricity growing there, casting frantic shadows across the room.

Feeling nothing but a spike of adrenaline, I hurled the balloon. It hit Sourcefield right in the chest, and her energy blast fizzled into nothing. Red liquid from the balloon splashed on the walls and floor around her. Too thin to be blood, it was an old powdered fruit drink you mixed with water and sugar. I remembered it from childhood.

And it was her weakness.

Heart thumping, I unslung my rifle. Sourcefield stared at her dripping torso as if in shock, though the black mask she wore kept me from seeing her expression. Lines of electricity still worked across her body like tiny glowing worms.

I leveled the rifle and pulled the trigger. The crack of gunfire indoors all but deafened me, but I delivered a bullet directly toward Sourcefield’s face.

That bullet exploded as it passed through her energy field. Even soaked with the Kool-Aid, her protections worked.

She looked at me, her electricity flaring to life—growing more violent, more dangerous, lighting the room like a calzone stuffed with dynamite.

Uh-oh . . .

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Firefight 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buy it
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.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic second installment in the Reckoners series! Sanderson has again stolen my heart with Firefight. I've fallen in love with the characters all over again, even the terrible, ruthless ones. Each character and event is represented and described with so much detail, reading this almost feels like watching a movie. The forward progression of the story line is perfect. Just enough detail, no plot holes that I could identify, and tons of adventure! Let's also not forget the crazy plot twists! Unfortunately, I somehow predicted the book would end like it did. Although disappointed, I still side with The Faithful and hold out hope that all will be well in the end. My biggest interest is this: will the next story in the series, Calamity (scheduled to come out Spring 2016), but the final installment in the series? In a way I hope it is, but in another, I want this story line to keep on rolling! Fantastic work, easy to read, and mimicking of the beloved X-Men series, I will continue to recommend this series to those who love action-packed, non-stop entertainment for their reading! Bravo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe in the heroes!
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Enjoyed
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KathyMacMillan More than 1 year ago
The audiobook was excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a page turner for me and I think anyone can enjoy it.I was breathless with excitement when (SPOILER ALERT)David discovers Megan in the Reckoner's base. Read it!
Drewano More than 1 year ago
A great addition to the Reckoners series is well written and full of action, adventure and great characters. The story shifts from Newcago to Babylon Restored (Manhattan) which is an amazing city full of mystery. The reader sees a number of changes which occur during the book and I thought I had the story figured out but then the end came and I was WAY off. Can’t wait until I can get my hands on the next book!
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Love it full of action and as soon as you think its predictable the climax changes everything
Anonymous More than 1 year 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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