Reading this book was kinda lika watching the movie Aliens for me.
See, when I started watching Aliens, I didn't much like it. It was so very differenReading this book was kinda lika watching the movie Aliens for me.
See, when I started watching Aliens, I didn't much like it. It was so very different from the first movie, which I really liked, and I found myself constantly rolling my eyes at the macho military men. "Great," I thought, "these guys are gonna start dropping like flies soon, and I'm not gonna give a shit."
I was partially right. They did start dropping like flies.
But oh god, did I care.
I have no idea how it happened, but I found myself loving those silly macho men and screaming out loud when they were in danger. Hicks, Vasquez, Hudson, even Gorman, although he was a useless little turd... they all mattered to me.
This book was like that. When I started out, I kept thinking: "This is good, but hardly as revolutionary as people make it out to be."
And I stand by that. The world building is very good and the magic system is interesting, but we've seen this before; a small, mötley crew sets out to defeat a far superior force and overcome impossible odds, thereby finding a new destiny for themselves. The characters are your typical band of noble theives; we have the gentle giant, the refined smooth-talker, the grumpy-pants, the newbie, the charismatic leader, etc.
But god-fucking-damn did it hurt when those characters got in trouble!
There were times when I had to put the book down because of the things I was afraid would happen to them. Characters I didn't think I cared about - Marsh! Ham! - elicted crazy emotional responses from me whenever they got in on the action. That's how I realized they were some of my favourites! (view spoiler)[Especially Marsh, oh my god, I kept hoping he'd turn into an inquisitor and then he did and I was like OMG MARSH DON'T DIE I ALREADY THOUGHT I LOST YOU ONCE I WILL NOT SURVIVE IF YOU DIE AGAIN OMG YOU SURVIVED THANK GOD TAKE ME NOW I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE SPIKES BECAUSE YOU'RE ALIVE AND SO BADASS AND I LOVE YOOOOUUU (hide spoiler)]
Vin is a very good main character. She's interesting, strong, vulnerable, and she gets a shitload of character-development. Honestly, that's all I ask for in a female character. If I can at least get that, I don't mind leaning back and enjoying the romance, even if it is a little bit cheesy. Which, of course, it was. But that's okay, because I thought Elend was an adorable little air-head and I do enjoy indulgence every now and again. It was all good, in my opinion.
I only wish there were more women like Vin in this story. The only other strong, female character we ever got a mention of was Mare, but, well... (view spoiler)[she's dead (hide spoiler)]. The rest of the women were either nameless extras, vapid gossips, bitches, or a combination of the three. Here's to hoping for an improvement in comming installments!
Now, I cannot do this review without mentioning Kelsier and the Lord Ruler.
Kelsier is arguably the most important character in the book. He sets the events into motion that comes to change the world forever. He is the charismatic leader of the crew and the mentor of Vin. He is the survivor of Hathsin and the mastermind behind the plan.
And yet, for a long time, I was kinda 'meh...' about him.
I liked him fine, he wasn't bad or anything, I just... I don't know. To me, Kelsier was at his best when he was pushed to the absolute limit. When the shit hit the fan I adored the man to the very bottom of my heart and the strongest scenes in the book undoubtedly belongs to him. I think it's because Kelsier is one of those characters who gets more attractive the more broken down and beat up they get. You know what I'm talking about, don't act like you don't. But before that, he was a little too much like the stereotypical charismatic rogue.
As for the Lord Ruler... Brandon Sanderson wrote him PEEEEEEERFECTLY. I'm not even kidding. I absolutely loved him. The build-up to his entrance, the descriptions of him, the things he did, his backstory... it was all handled incredibly well. I can only applaud Sanderson on such a great villain.
And the world really is set up beautifully too. I love the atmosphere and the descriptions. I love how absolutely everything reflects how shitty the world is, from the weather to the people. It rains ash instead of water, for gods sake!
As for the magic, it's also a great system. I can't wait to see all the boundaries they'll stretch in the next book, and all the new discoveries they will make! Sanderson is also a genius when it comes to writing action scenes. Every scene had me on the edge of my seat, picturing perfectly every move, every strike that the characters recieved and dealt out. It was wonderful to read.
In conclusion, Mistborn: The Final Empire may not be as revolutionary as reviews have led me to believe, but it's still a damn good book. I would like to end this review in some clever, thoughful way, but since I'm not a very witty person I'm just going to recommend it warmly! You will not regret reading it! ...more