So, I'm not sure what I really expected opening this book. In the last book, David Charleston and his Reckoner friends were able to uncover the weakness of the Epic and corrupt ruler Steelheart (still can't believe the solution; I don't know how I missed it) and kill him, with the help of another Epic however. While also realizing that another Epic was hiding among The Reckoners the whole time and broke David's heart. Now that he has befriended two Epics (if you don't remember, it's a type of human that has superpowers of every sort you can imagine; forget all laws of physics and biology, basically), it's hard for him to really see them as the enemy now. One mission in particular makes him start to see this and make his life twirl in a corkscrew. I related to David here because I'm trying to pick a job (I've applied for colleges, but my decision's still inconclusive) and I've made a lot of zigzags and mind-changes; maybe more than diapers (oh, and, uh, I think David would say good metaphor on that note) and anyway, I appreciated and didn't expect David's new thoughts on life. After another successful assassination, Prof, aka Jon Phaedrus, secret Epic who goes crazy when using his powers, asks David to accompany him on a trip to Babilar (once New York City, now flooded and the home of a really cool water Epic named Regalia) where Firefight has been sighted, and has killed one of the Reckoners. A group of Reckoners who take refuge there.
And don't worry. That's only, like, the first five chapters out of fifty. I'm not really spoiling anything big. Except that there are a lot of things to be excited for in this book. I infact liked it a little bit more than the first Steelheart, despite a few unfortunately absent characters. Brandon Sanderson sure has a strange and different way of doing metaphors, and I'm so happy that he acknowledges they're all similes. I sure won't forget ketchup can be used as hair gel. The book has the same feel as watching a good Sherlock Holmes episode. It has mystery, action when it calls for it, and something very original. But I think the reason I liked this as much as I did was David's relationship with Megan, which is quite improved this time around and really goes to great lengths for me to admire it and perhaps ship them a little, and that's coming from someone who found Megan annoying the first time around. I also admired Babilar; it has the atmosphere of a real infected-with-corruption-but-somehow-managing city and has the feel of a Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game, all adventure for every decaying building, mystery under every hood, time-bombs ticking and plants sprouting and mutating, something hard to come across after Steelheart covered the world in his wrath, if you remember from the last instalment.
The book isn't flawless, as few books are. There are one or two moments where I thought, "I don't think that would logically actually happen." One of the outcomes and confessions was a little iffy and not believable. However, the outcome that came right after compensated mightily for that, making up a crazy idea I never thought about and then when that failed, came up with another I never thought about either. All the metaphors can also sometimes be tiring. Other times you imagine how Sanderson could've impressively thought up so many.
Three commentaries: Don't drink cola like Tia. Your teeth will rot. And, if you liked Steelheart, you'll love Firefight. And, Calamity comes out in a week. Can't wait.