David lives in a future where Calamity, something that looks like a red star, has granted some people superpowers, but almost everyone with powers is evil. David is part of the Reckoners, a group who tries to assassinate the people with powers, called Epics. In Firefight, the second book of the Reckoners series, David and the other Reckoners go to New York, which is ruled by an Epic who can control water. Since the Reckoners proved themselves a threat in Steelheart, they are now targets for the Epics.
Note on ratings:
** Below average
*** Average. Not good or bad.
**** Above average
***** Above and beyond
Content: I’d say PG-13 with the usual fair, some nudity, swearing, and lots of violence. When there are no superheroes, just supervillains, things get violent. Common Sense Media has an in-depth review.
Originality and Setting: *****
It’s a world where villains as powerful as Superman come out to play, but there are no supperheroes to stop them. This makes for an interesting story since the main character has no powers. All he has is a good aim. Sanderson seems to like telling stories where the main character isn’t some “chosen one” but a normal person who has to survive in a world where others have all the cool powers.
Characters and their Arcs: ****
For a second book, this has some decent arcs with fear, and the arc ties in very well with the plot.
Writing style and Pacing: *****
I couldn’t put this ebook down. The story is good, and has great humor to boot. Sanderson is a very good writer.