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[Review] Mitosis – Brandon Sanderson

Book Title:                   Mitosis (Novella, Reckoners Series #1.5)
Author:                          Brandon Sandersonbrandon sanderson - mitosis (cover)
Number of pages:
   35

Synopsis:

Steelheart may be dead, but Epics still plague Newcago and David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

(re: Goodreads @ Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson)

Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr spoiler-less review:

– A reminder of narrative elements that we love/hate from Steelheart (world building, metaphors/similes, etc).
– Quick read that has finality but also slightly hints at the next novel, Firefight.

Initial Thoughts

There are no thoughts or reasons behind why I had to read this. It is what it is.

If you want to read my extremely long review of the first book, Steelheart, you can click here.

Disclaimer: Potential spoilers inherent to this review from here onward.

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[Review] Steelheart – Brandon Sanderson

Book Title:                     Steelheart (Reckoners Series #01)
Author:                            Brandon Sanderson
Number of pages:     386

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Synopsis:

There are no heroes.

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics… nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge,

(re: Goodreads @ Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson)

Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr spoiler-less review:

– Reads like a comic-book-turned-novel with a cinematic feel in the writing.
– An information treasure-hunt in discovering an Epic’s kryptonite (a weakness, if you will).
– Lot’s of quirky metaphors/similes which readers will either love or hate.
– World building is materialized impeccably even during fast-paced action sequences.

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Initial Thoughts

Basically the “what-if?” situation if superheroes of the Marvel franchise turned baddie and there was a underground organisation of ragtag misfits banding together with dreams bigger than themselves. I gleefully ate this book and it was delectable for the most part – it wasn’t always perfect, nor was it an extremely refreshing idea (when you read and watch enough comics/mangas anyways…) but the writing and pacing drew me in and never let go.

Time to ramble:

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