Mitosis is a very short snippet of a day in the life of the post-Steelheart Reckoners. It was a fun interlude but not particularly necessary to read,Mitosis is a very short snippet of a day in the life of the post-Steelheart Reckoners. It was a fun interlude but not particularly necessary to read, all of the important bits from the story are already explained in the first few chapters of Firefight.
If you're hesitating on whether or not to purchase this, don't. Get it from your local library Overdrive or borrow it from a friend. ...more
I have heard people praise Sanderson for months and months and months. Since I generally find myself disappointed by hyped books and aSUCH A FUN BOOK!
I have heard people praise Sanderson for months and months and months. Since I generally find myself disappointed by hyped books and authors, you can understand my skepticism. I went into this expecting something good and I got something amazing. So amazing that I immediately read Mitosis and moved right into Firefight!
The thing I loved most about this book was the surprise factor. Sanderson definitely has a knack for the unexpected twist. All of the Epics have at least one weakness that negates their powers, and a good chunk of this book is spent researching what Steelheart's might be. I was certain I knew what it was going to be, and I was so wrong. I had also spoiled something for myself when reading the blurbs for the other books in the series (Why do I insist on doing that?! Don't do it, seriously.), but I was still NOT expecting the reveal. Very well crafted, I must admit. And now that I know what happens, I'm seeing all the pieces come together. I might put this on my to read again some day list, just to watch all the threads weave together.
I was amazed by the world Sanderson created. He turned the superhero idea into something new and interesting, I'm looking forward to learning more about what Calamity is and how the Epics really did come into their powers. I also think we'll be delving more into the morality of these powers and how what rights and responsibilities come with them as we get into future books, which should be interesting.
The cast of characters is engaging, well-crafted and many layered. There was never a dull moment, no matter what characters were involved in a scene.
While the book is targeted at a young adult audience, the young adult aspects of it are very tame. There is a little bit of teenage angst in the form of David not being sure how he fits into his new world, and also a bit of his overactive hormones. But it was plausible and fit well with his character, it wasn't exaggerated and it didn't overwhelm the story.
I'm going to stop gushing over this book now and go read me some more Firefight! ...more
Captain Freedom isn't an amazing book - it's quirky and random, has some good jokes and some not-so-good, but was a quick fun read.
In a world where suCaptain Freedom isn't an amazing book - it's quirky and random, has some good jokes and some not-so-good, but was a quick fun read.
In a world where superheroes are supposed to fit into certain molds - Captain Freedom is Jewish and he has no origin story, a penchant or fashion design and the power to predict the weather - not exactly your stereotypical hero.
Hijinks ensue, souffle is burnt, Area 51 is a club for aliens, etc.
If this sounds like something right up your alley - I would definitely recommend it. If you're on the fence about reading it, it's probably not worth your time....more
Note: This review contains comments on the Audiobook narrated by Coleen Marlo and Paul Boehmer.
Soon I Will Be Invincible was mildly cliche, but humoroNote: This review contains comments on the Audiobook narrated by Coleen Marlo and Paul Boehmer.
Soon I Will Be Invincible was mildly cliche, but humorous and definitely enjoyable.
The novel focuses on the villain Doctor Impossible and the Champions, a previously disbanded group of superheroes who reconvene with some new members to find out what happened to a member of their team who has disappeared and take down Doctor Impossible.
The team is pretty cliche in terms of superheroes - an invincible woman, a gadget guy, an energetic child hero, a mythic fairy, a cyborg, a half-human half-cat mutant, a magician and an invisible girl. But Grossman does a good job of giving them all personalities with faults included.
Doctor Impossible was a great villain, not the villain that you love to hate, but the villain you can connect with and, to an extent, feel sorry for.
The story jumps back and forth from one narrator to the next as the point of view shifts from Doctor Impossible to Fatale (one of the new Champions recruits). When I first began listening to the audiobook I wasn't completely sold on Marlo's Fatale, but it definitely grew on me. Boehmer's Doctor Impossible was fantastic from the get go - an evil twinge, but with the sad (pathetic?) undertones that mirror his life story.
My only complaint is in the pacing of the story. It took me quite a bit of time to get to the "don't-want-to-put-it-down moment. There was a lot of build-up to the end that could have been evened out a bit more....more