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
I really loved Ship Breaker, the first book in this loosely connected series and I really wanted to love The Drowned Cities. I didn't.
I was excited toI really loved Ship Breaker, the first book in this loosely connected series and I really wanted to love The Drowned Cities. I didn't.
I was excited to see Tool mentioned in the description of this book, he was one of my favorite characters from Ship Breaker and was hoping to explore his story more. Although he plays a big role in the story I didn't feel like we learned any more about him in this book.
I loved the world and the conflict that Bacigalupi created in The Drowned Cities and I appreciated the hopefully dark outlook in the book, but I really had trouble with the characters. Of the four major characters there was one that I liked and was rooting for - Mouse. Mahliah and Ocho were both irritatingly immature and I couldn't have cared less about them getting out of their issues.
Overall - quite disappointed in this book. :(...more
I picked up Metatropolis as a freebie from Audible. Who can say no to free? The collection contains 5 short stories all based in a shared universe thaI picked up Metatropolis as a freebie from Audible. Who can say no to free? The collection contains 5 short stories all based in a shared universe that was a collaboration of the authors.
The world itself was interesting. The world takes on a city-state like appearance and is a bit more low-tech in the sense that the technology and power that exists isn't as readily available as it is today. There are also some environmentalist undertones with vertical farming taking a front row spot in the worlds agriculture.
The first story is "In the Forests of the Night" by Jay Lake and I have to admit I was a little lost. In a general overview the story is about a man coming into Cascadiopolis (a shared metropolis based in the Cascaida bioregion of Washington, Oregon and British Columbia). It didn't seem to really have a story and was probably my least favorite of the bunch.
"Stochasti-City" by Tobias Buckell and "The Red in the Sky is Our Blood" by Elizabeth Bear are a pair of stories both taking place in Detroit and take place within different organizations that are on the fringe of society in Detroit. "Stocasta City" focuses on a rebel group trying to have cars banned in favor of the more environmental friendly bicycle and "The Red in the Sky..." focuses on a quasi-utopian society that quietly exists within the confines of Detroit. "The Red in the Sky" was one of my favorites.
"Utere Nihil Non Extra Quiritationem Suis" by John Scalzi was next. The story was typical Scalzi in humor and tone and though I have a love/hate relationship with most of his works, I really enjoyed this one.
"To Hie from Far Cilenia" by Karl Schroeder closed out the collection. The story is about a virtual reality within a virtual reality that overlays the real world. It was wayyy out there and a little much to wrap your head around, IMO.
There is a second collection with six stories focusing on the Cascadia area and I'm slightly interested in it, but in no huge rush. ...more