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

96 pages, Kindle Edition

First published December 3, 2013

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Brandon Sanderson

399 books203k followers
Brandon’s major books for the second half of 2016 are The Dark Talent, the final volume in Alcatraz Smedry’s autobiographical account of his battle against the Evil Librarians who secretly rule our world, and Arcanum Unbounded, the collection of short fiction in the Cosmere universe that includes the Mistborn series and the Stormlight
Archive, among others. This collection features The Emperor’s Soul, Mistborn: Secret History, and a brand-new Stormlight Archive novella, Edgedancer.

Earlier this year he released Calamity, the finale of the #1 New York Times bestselling Reckoners trilogy that began with Steelheart .

Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he had written. Tor has published Elantris, the Mistborn trilogy and its followup The Alloy of Law, Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, the first two in the planned ten-volume series The Stormlight Archive. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; 2009’s The Gathering Storm and 2010’s Towers of Midnight were followed by the final book in the series, A Memory of Light, in January 2013. Four books in his middle-grade Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series have been released in new editions by Starscape, and his novella Infinity Blade Awakening was an ebook bestseller for Epic Games accompanying their acclaimed Infinity Blade iOS video game series. Two more novellas, Legion and The Emperor’s Soul, were released by Subterranean Press and Tachyon Publications in 2012, and 2013 brought two young adult novels, The Rithmatist from Tor and Steelheart from Delacorte.

The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of Kings. The Emperor’s Soul won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella. He has appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller List multiple times, with five novels hitting the #1 spot.

Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.

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Profile Image for Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ .
1,258 reviews8,706 followers
September 27, 2017
The shorter a Sanderson read is, the less impressed I am with myself if I figure out the twisty paths of that man's genius mind . . .

That being said, I GUESSED THE TWIST AGAIN!!! *gloats* *booty shakes*

Anyway, MITOSIS was a short entertaining story that gave just a (possible) hint more insight into the mysterious ways of Epics. PLUS, you know, there's all the horribly hilarious metaphors a la David. Highly recommended.

My other reviews for this series:

Steelheart (The Reckoners, #1)
Firefight (The Reckoners, #2)
Calamity (The Reckoners, #3)
Profile Image for Berit Talks Books.
2,019 reviews15.7k followers
December 8, 2017
4 stars for this short action packed novella... from the reluctant reader and me

This was a enjoyable short story that gave me an appreciation for hotdogs! It also appears to be a necessary or maybe a better word is helpful bridge to the next book in the trilogy....

In this book we learn how the Reckoners have shed light (literally) on the city of newcago... and we are introduced to a new Epic Mitosis who has a very cool power of dividing as many times as he wants....

A short read, but I think well worth it, you get to spend a little more time with these fabulous characters, I think I like David and Abraham even more after this book!

PS: we have already started the next book in the series, however last night mom might have crashed out a little too early to get into it too far! 😪
Profile Image for Emily (Books with Emily Fox).
531 reviews58.6k followers
March 18, 2017
The best way to describe this very short story is.. meh.

I don't know if it will add anything to the series (I'll update after reading book 2) but I wasn't feeling it.
It was okay!
Profile Image for Alejandro.
1,129 reviews3,552 followers
August 4, 2014
This was a great short story!

Set after of the events on the book Steelheart, now you can starting to understand the new role that The Reckoners must take after taking hard decisions at the end of the first novel.

Any action has consequences, and now The Reckoners know that anything that they, or some of its team, may done, will have sequels.

It was a brief reading but it has a great final act, so I was quite glad of having read this short story.

I opted not to comment more about this reading to avoid a "too soon" spoil since I just posted my review about the first book in the series.
Profile Image for Sean Barrs .
1,113 reviews44.4k followers
February 21, 2016
Firstly, let me say that I do love the Reckoner’s series. Brandon Sanderson has such a stylish way of writing David’s story: the prose is short, snappy, and brilliant. This short story also manifests the same flair. But, when considering its structure, reader investment and contribution towards this series, then it can only be thought of as a waste of time. There, I actually said it. Brandon Sanderson has actually written something that I don’t like. I never thought I’d live to see the day because he is a great fantasy writer.

Where’s the rest of it?

Simply put, this is far too short. The story itself is only forty pages long. This, when combined with the quick nature of his prose, results in a short story that can be read in around ten minutes. This is frustrating because the edition costs the same price as a standard paperback novel. In my opinion, this should have been made freely available online. It feels that this was simply published to create hype for the (then) upcoming release of Firefight. This resulted in a disappointing story on all levels because it is lacking so much that it vitally needed.

The story is, essentially, an action sequence. If you’ve read Firefight then you would have seen the references to the epic known as Mitosis. This story is, simply, David’s battle with her. The action is fantastic, it is Sanderson after all, but that’s all it has: action. There is no real solid plot or payoff; there is no real character development or even time to for the feelings of sympathy to emerge over David’s past. It is simply fast, cheap, action. From reading this I feel like I’ve gained very little. This has not enhanced my estimation of the series or its characters; this has not improved the overall plot of the series, and, if anything, has only annoyed me because this was pointless, and was barely entertaining.

Cool Epic profiles


As previous readers will know, David likes to classify Epics. He does this so he can figure out their weaknesses and their strengths. In here are some pictures of David’s research. For me, this saved the edition. I found these profiles to be quite fun, and helped to evoke the nature of David’s mission. I’d like to see some of these in the full novels because I think it would help to solidify the comic book nature of this series. That being said though, these simply could have been posted on the author’s website or on advertising campaigns for the release of Firefight.


Overall, I thought this was a waste of time. These profiles were, again, for the soul purpose of creating more hype for Firefight. This is good for the book publishers, but for the reader it’s not that great. Had the short story in here been an actual proper short story then this may have been a different matter.

The Reckoners
1. Steelheart- A vengeful 4 stars
1.5 Mitosis- A time wasting 2 stars
2. Firefight- A heart jerking 4.5 stars
3. Calamity- A terrible one star
Profile Image for Mario.
Author 1 book190 followers
May 11, 2015
Why is this so short?!?!?! Well it is a SHORT story, but still...

Solid bridge between first and second book. Now off to Firefight. Can't wait for my mind to be blown again.
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1,608 reviews1,481 followers
December 19, 2014
This is a super short novella involving how the city has changed after the ending of Steelheart. It is not necessary to read for the next Novel but it probably just ~30 minutes of reading time if you have some time to kill.

The Good: We get a glimpse of how the people in the city are changing and a few bad metaphors from David.
“I like it. The colors are different. Not like the city was before Calamity, but also a big change from how it was under Steelheart. They make the city look like a big … chessboard. Um, one painted a lot of colors.”
“Or perhaps a quilt?” Abraham asked, sounding amused.
“Sure, I suppose. If you want to use a boring metaphor.”
A quilt. Why hadn’t I thought of that?

Most of the story is a long action sequence against an epic that comes to the city looking for the Reckoners. He has some interesting traits and might be a clue to how to discover the Epic’s weaknesses.

I liked seeing the lead into where the next book will pick up.

The Bad: Well really there isn’t much bad except that I wanted more, but I always want to read more in any Sanderson story. And my Reckoner future boyfriend Cody wasn’t in this one I missed him.
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1,203 reviews2,583 followers
February 9, 2016
*** 4 ***

An impromptu buddy read with BB&B

A fast, light and delightful short story, which fits between the first and second books of the series. It was definitely on the comedy side of Sanderson and a transition from the tyranny of Steelheart to the effort of being human governed. People are still uncomfortable with the thought of the possibility of being free...

Don't attempt reading if you have not read the first volume, but if you have, definitely a fun addition'-) Have a great time reading!
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287 reviews1,142 followers
January 7, 2023
Cortita y al pie, mitosis es un relato que transcurre entre el primer y el segundo libro de The Reckoners.

Nuestros protagonistas se enfrentan a un villano en concreto, Mitosis, quien puede clonarse y generar muchas copias de si mismo. Los personajes al igual que siempre trabajarán en equipo y buscarán el punto débil del villano para poder superarlo.

Me gustó, no le faltaron ni le sobraron palabras y ahora estoy lista para leer la segunda parte de la trilogía!
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165 reviews67 followers
July 13, 2014
Do not read the blurb for this book if you haven't read and are planning to read book one. Major book one spoiler
And if you haven't read book one.... Steelheart (Reckoners, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

I'm so happy to be back in Newcago! Even if it was for only 35 pages, it was 35 pages of humor, action, characters I love, and a new Epic to tie me over until book 2.

Loved it!

Profile Image for Scott  Hitchcock.
779 reviews223 followers
March 14, 2017
Quick, fun read. Gave a few hints toward the series. Found one inconsistency that bothered me.
Profile Image for Nimrod Daniel.
143 reviews259 followers
April 30, 2019
A nice short story that bridges the time between book 1 and 2 with a new epic coming to Newcago in order to mess things up after the drastic change the city had gone through. David find a lead regarding the weakness of epics.

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481 reviews121 followers
January 25, 2015
Short and action packed. It's not a must before Firefight, but it gives a clue about Epics and their weaknesses! And we get more of David's terrible metaphors. :D
Profile Image for Marta Álvarez.
Author 23 books5,744 followers
March 11, 2016
El episodio es entretenido, pero nada del otro mundo. Eso sí, el último capítulo plantea unos interrogantes que vienen muy bien de cara a empezar Firefight... Qué inteligente es Sanderson.
Echaba de menos a mis Reckoners ❤️
Profile Image for Jenny Baker.
1,261 reviews195 followers
February 2, 2018
This is a nice addition to the Reckoners series. The audiobook has a great narrator and it's short. It's only an hour long and that's if you listen to it at regular speed. There isn't a lot I can say without giving anything away. The beginning was funny and the end circles back around. I enjoyed the interaction between David and Mitosis! This has major spoilers in it so you definitely need to read Steelheart first.
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528 reviews534 followers
January 10, 2016
Great as with all Sanderson's Work but way too short. Always want more when it come to him.
Profile Image for Gavin.
863 reviews393 followers
December 22, 2014
This was a tiny novella set after the events in Steelheart. It provided a quick glimpse of what life is like in a post-Epic Newcago. The Reckoners are in charge for now, but the populace are wary and fearful that it is only a matter of time before a new Epic appears to claim the city.

In this novella David and the Reckoners fend off the first of the Epics to make a try. The self replicating one man army Mitosis.

This was a fun read. It has served its purpose of hyping me up to read Firefight!

Rating: 4 stars.

Audio Note: This was narrated well by MacLeod Andrews.

Update 22/12/14. I think I enjoyed this even more the second time around.
Profile Image for Srividya Vijapure.
216 reviews302 followers
February 17, 2016
A nice filler between Steelheart and Firefight. This book is about Mitosis, who is again an Epic, and who wants some answers about how Steelheart died. He corners David and tries to intimidate him into giving him some answers.

A fast paced short read that acts as a perfect, if somewhat unnecessary filler between the two books. However, I feel that the question raised at the end of this book will form an important basis for the next book, at least that is my hope. Only reading the second book will tell me if I am right.

If you are at a loss for what to read or if you are someone like me who loves to read novellas in series, give this one a try. According to me, I don't think you lose much, even if you were to ignore it completely.

Now onto Firefight and then onto Calamity to sum up this series.
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694 reviews191 followers
January 30, 2019
I actually like this short story more than the first book. Maybe I'm warming up to David as a main POV character.

Following the defeat of Steelheart and Nightweilder, the city of Newcago--that word still makes me cringe--is now a sunny post-apocalyptic refuge for the powerless. But the people are still weary, as though expecting a new Epic to defeat the Reckoners and plunge the city back into darkness. And one does step up to the challenge--Mitosis. He's the first to pose a threat, but he's certainly not the last.

Review of this book + Steelheart moved to https://covers2covers.wordpress.com/2...
Profile Image for Ľuboš.
225 reviews60 followers
July 2, 2019
wooohoooo :D neverím samému sebe, že som to zvládol. Síce pomáhal prekladač, ale i tak.

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391 reviews
August 14, 2021
Vala sam bio u pravu oko moci Mitosisa ( e jest i tesko pogoditi, ali hajde).

Veoma zabavno stivo, dinamicno i veoma kratko, tamam uz 2 kafice da se procita.

Profile Image for Alba Turunen.
660 reviews208 followers
August 19, 2017
4 Estrellas y son por la brevedad del relato. Muy corto, pero que dice mucho, apenas han sido 35 páginas, pero ha sido muy conciso, lleno de ansiedad y acción.

"Mitosis" ocurre entre "Steelheart" y "Firefight", así que declaro obligatorio leerlo después del primero. También añade una pequeña dosis de misterio, pues todo parece indicar que los Reckoners no estarán en Chicago Nova en el siguiente libro, si no en Babilonia Restaurada (me he quedado bizca al ver el nombrecito de lo que conocemos como Nueva York).

Asombrada me ha dejado de nuevo el Profesor. Ya mismo me pongo con "Firefight".
Profile Image for Olethros.
2,617 reviews429 followers
November 24, 2017
En la edición española, el relato Mitosis está incluido en Firefight, el segundo libro de la trilogía The Reckoners.

Es una narración corta que enlaza los dos primeros libros de la serie y que conviene leer antes de la propia novela (aunque esté al final del libro).

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Profile Image for Teodora.
454 reviews39 followers
July 4, 2016
What can i even say? It's Brandon Sanderson, of course i loved it. And even thought it was very short, we still had a beautifull variety of bad methaphors and some pretty good action. David is even more badass than he thinks he is.
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1,339 reviews1,632 followers
March 9, 2015
A short story in the Reckoners series, this is all about an Epic who is able to clone himself an infinite amount of times. Kinda like horcruxes, because if one of them remains, the dude won't die. It's an interesting conundrum, but apparently easily solved, because this book clocks in at just over 30 pages. Easily solved... if you have the right info... or luck.

David has a little bit of both, but that doesn't really mean much when he's been shot and is now bleeding profusely at the end of a tunnel that leads to a deadly drop-off and Mitosis is stalking him. Not the best situation to be in!

This story adds just a little bit of info to the nature of Epics and the nature of their weaknesses. Good story, and now I want a Chicago style hot dog. Because I, apparently, am an uncouth heathen. *shrug* I'm OK with that.
Profile Image for Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller.
725 reviews1,204 followers
November 17, 2016
[4.5 stars]

This is one of the few novellas I felt actually added something essential to the series. The ongoing arc of The Reckoners is the characters’ struggle to figure out how epics’ weaknesses work. Mitosis offers so many clues! And I came away more pumped about the series than ever. This novella is totally worth your time if you plan to read the series.

Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.nikihawkes.com
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Author 1 book72 followers
April 12, 2020
And just like that I’m a fan! All it took to get me hooked on this series was some great humor in a short novella. Sanderson’s books always teach me something. This one was the importance of reading novellas in the order they are meant to be read. I guarantee it would have taken much longer for me to get into this series if I hadn’t picked up on this short, delightful insight.
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243 reviews33 followers
September 5, 2016
Al principio le iba a dar a este libro 4 estrellas, de hecho, se las puse. Y es que en mi cabeza tengo registrado que un spin-off, o cualquier novela corta, jamás podría rellenar esas 5 estrellas perfectas. Pero luego de unos minutos me di cuenta de que sí, Mitosis se merece esas 5 estrellas, sin importar que tenga menos de 40 páginas.
*Spoilers de Steelheart a continuación, lee bajo tu propio riesgo*
Este spin-off nos sitúa un poco después de los eventos ocurridos en Steelhaert, nos da un poco de insight de cómo quedó la ciudad, y la organización de NewCago en general. Este aspecto me gustó, quedé conforme con la manera en que el mundo se ha adaptado a la muerte de Steelheart, cómo la sociedad se ha moldeado alrededor de este nuevo concepto, de que los humanos también tienen el poder de hacerle frente a los épicos, me pareció real y creíble.

En esta novela tenemos, como es típico de Sanderson (wow, leo un libro del hombre y ya me hago la experta en su bibliografía) ese humor ligero que ya está impregnado en su pluma; ayudado obviamente por nuestro hermoso y maravilloso e hilarante protagonista, y sus excelentes comparaciones, y hot dogs y Abraham.
Me pareció muy novedoso el poder del Épico de esta novela (y su debilidad, por supuesto), pero lo que más me gustó, además de lo excesivamente divertido que fue leer de él, fue su afán por descubrir quién había realmente asesinado a Steelheart. Creo que eso dice mucho de los Épicos y de lo que está por venir.
No quiero spolear nada, pero esa escena con el pueblo al final, me llenó de esperanza y un sentimiento calentito en el pecho, casi me hizo acordar a la canción The Hanging Tree, en la película de Sinsajo.

En esta novela sólo esperaba tener una buena aventura matando a un Épico, ver un poco cómo estaban las cosas en NewCago y hypearme para Firefight, pero en Mitosis también se revelan algunas cosas que son altamente relevantes para la trama.
Okey, no se revelan-revelan, sólo se insinúan, como la primera pista que luego los personajes y la trama en sí va a ir desarrollando para darle forma a esta historia, pero aún así me gustó ver que David ya estaba pensando en eso, y que seguramente va a desarrollar una gran teoría sobre lo Épicos y sus debilidades en los libros futuros.

Something big I feel it happening
Out of my control
Pushing, pulling, and it's grabbing me,
Feel it in my bones like

Whoa oh oh oh oh whoa oh oh oh oh oh oh whoa oh oh oh oh
Something big I feel it happening
Oh whoa oh oh oh whoa oh oh oh oh oh oh whoa oh oh oh oh oh
Something big...

Mi única (gran) pega con esta novela es que fue demasiado corta. Aunque supongo que para quejarme de eso mejor voy a leer Firefight y me callo de una vez.
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168 reviews37 followers
August 29, 2019
Short and sweet, Sanderson manages to cram just enough character development, foreshadowing and humor (I love this running series joke with the bad metaphors) into this novelette to make it worth your while.
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