Reading Level: Young Adult
Size: 432 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in the Reckoners series
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
This is the 2nd book in the Reckoners series. The third book in the series will be titled Calamity and is scheduled for a 2016 release. Although I haven’t enjoyed these books as much as Sanderson’s fantasy series, it is still a great series that I have enjoyed reading. I liked this book even better than the first book in the series.
Our main hero David, aka Steelslayer, journeys outside of Newcago with Prof to check out the city of Babylon Restored which is ruled by the mysterious Regalia. When they arrive they are faced with many other Epics and another High Epic (the awful Obliteration). David is also hoping to get news of Firefight (Megan). Additionally our (strangely metaphor obsessed and totally geeked out about Epics) hero is trying to solve the mystery behind the Epics’ weaknesses.
The book is mainly about solving a couple mysteries; what is Regalia up to with luring Epics to her city of Babylon Restored and can David finally figure out why the Epics have the weaknesses they have?
I loved all the action and the quirky characters in this story. The dialogue is snappy and fun to read and I love David’s obsession with bad metaphors. The world building is fantastic. The Epics’ powers and weaknesses follow a complex system of “magic” which is something Sanderson is well known for and something I really enjoy.
The plot is well done and I continue to love David and Megan as characters. We meet many new interesting characters as well. I love meeting new Epics and learning about their powers and weaknesses. We even get a first glance at the epic Calamity. I love that in this series superheroes aren’t necessarily the saviors of society but instead pay a deep price for their powers.
Another one of my favorite parts of this book is how David is working to discover why Epics have the weaknesses they have. This was incredibly well done and interesting and I love where this whole concept is going.
Overall this was a fantastic action-packed science fiction novel that is an interesting blend of superheroes, science fiction, dystopian, and post-apocalyptic themes. I really enjoy the characters, the complex world, and the
interesting idea of Epics and their powers. I would recommend to those who enjoy fast-paced reads with a superhero type of theme to them.
This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
– You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge