Genre: YA post-apocalyptic speculative fiction
Length: 416 pages
Setting: mostly Babylon Revisited (former NYC), soon after the events of Steelheart
Interest: It’s the second book in the Reckoners series, following Steelheart, that I saw in the new book section at my local library. Summary: David is now a full-fledged Reckoner in Newcago. Unfortunately, it seems that Regalia (who controls Babylon Revisited) is sending Epics to Newcago to draw the Professor to her. The Professor takes the bait and brings David with him to Babylon Revisited. David continues to push for the idea that Epics can be turned from their selfish, egotistical and full of killing ways into Epics that will help humanity. (He’s got an ulterior motive since he wants to save Megan/Firefight.) Megan helps him as the Reckoners move through Babylon Revisited, fighting Obliteration and trying to figure out Regalia’s plan before falling victim to the plan.
Final thoughts: This is an action-packed story that I had a hard time putting down. I wanted to know how David would get out of his latest predicament. Sanderson provides enough explanation of Epics and their “gifts” to keep the superhero-type action internally consistent with the world he’s created. He’s also added several female Reckoners to this novel and Regalia is also a female Epic. The women balance the story a bit better than I found in Steelheart. David is fascinated with why all the Epics seem to become so self-centered and evil, and he pulls the reader into questioning why as well. Sanderson provides an interesting hypothesis as to what makes Epics good vs. evil at the end of the story. David is a bit of a chosen one. He’s able to put together information on the Epics better than anyone else around him, even the lorists (who research the Epics), but he’s still fun to follow into action. I’m interested to see where the series is going. While my library considers the book YA, I could only tell because of the quickness of the read.
Title comes from: The name of the Epic David is friends with and trying to keep good.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 20/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge, and an S in my Author Alphabet Challenge
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