Friday, September 5, 2014

Review: Mitosis

Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson
Reckoners 1.5
Published December 3rd 2013 by Delacorte Press

From "New York Times" bestselling author Brandon Sanderson's action-packed novel "Steelheart" comes "Mitosis," a short story set in the world of The Reckoners series, exclusively available in the digital format.

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

Catch all the action before, "Firefight" is the exciting sequel to "Steelheart" hits the shelves.
Mitosis in a novella within Sanderson's Reckoners Series that is meant to bridge the gap between book 1, Steelheart and the upcoming sequel, Firefight due to be released early next year. I actually just featured Firefight as my WoW pick a few weeks ago and it got me in the mood to return to the world of The Reckoners so it seemed like the perfect time to get into Mitosis.

The story wastes no time getting started with Mitosis, which is perfect when dealing with a novella!  Fresh off of the events of Steelheart, David and his crew of Reckoners are dealing with the new reality of Newcago: a city freed from the evil tyrant Epic, Steelheart himself.  David seems to feel like people should be out celebrating and getting back to their normal lives now, but people are largely still living in fear.  Fear that another Epic will take Steelheart's place and the chaos will start up all over again.  But while David and his crew are trying to restore a sense of normality to Newcago, another Epic strolls in...hell bent on causing his share of chaos.

It was kind of amazing to me how Sanderson managed to get me right back in the groove of the Reckoners world without even trying.  I read Steelheart last year but from the first few pages of Mitosis, I was right back in the swing of things!  I thought it was really cool to see how things had changed in Newcago since Steelheart and how the character's lives have been impacted by their heightened status.  See, the Reckoners used to operate under a veil of secrecy, but when you tangle with an Epic, you kind of gain some notoriety. 

There was also some heavy foreshadowing of what I can only assume will be important themes with the upcoming sequels.  All Epics are said to have a weakness, but David seems to have figured out some kind of clue or pattern to how each Epic ends up with any given weakness.  It seemed random in the first book but now there might be some sort of logic to it, which could be helpful in taking down other Epics.  It was a tantalizing detail and I can't wait to see it all fleshed out!

Bottom line: if you enjoyed Steelheart and can't wait for Firefight, I definitely recommend checking out Mitosis.  It's the perfect way to return to the world of the Reckoners for a quick spell, either right after reading the first book, or in preparation for the sequel!

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

10 comments:

  1. I enjoyed this one, great for a quick read on a nice quiet afternoon. I hope he continues to write shorts in this world. And I can't wait for Firefight either!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Exactly!^^ Sometimes a nice short is just what The Doctor ordered ;-) And yeah Firefight needs to come out,like, NOW :D

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  2. I read Steelheart just a while back, and I completely fell in love with it I can't wait for the second book to come out. This novella sounds like just the thing I need to learn more about the Epics and how they were created. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. It really is the perfect little story to hold you off until book two finally comes out - it sets the tone perfectly for what's to come :) Thanks for stopping by Alex!

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  3. I haven't read this series, but I loved Way of Kings, so I definitely plan to read more Sanderson - I'll have to check this series out!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. YES Nicole you MUST read ALL the Sanderson books xD I'm reading Words of Radiance right now and OMG. SO GOOD!

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  4. I didn't know this existed! I'm so excited for Firefight to come out! I also still need to read Rithmatist, but I will soon. Thanks for reviewing this. I can't wait to see it for myself.

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    1. Me too! And I still haven't read The Rithmatist either but it's on my bedside table which means it'll be soon LOL Hope you enjoy this one ^^ and we'll have to compare notes on Rithmatist when we get to it!

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  5. I'm mad at myself that I read Mitosis as soon as it came out because now I can't read it to tide me over until Firefight D: But I loved it at the time :D

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    1. Awww yeah, that sucks! BUT, you could always reread it, it's so short that it wouldn't take much time XD It was a lot of fun right?!

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