[Short Story Review] Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson

Fry's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 17th December, 2014

[Short Story Review] Mitosis by Brandon SandersonMitosis by Brandon Sanderson
Series: Reckoners #1.5
Published by Delacorte Books on December 3rd, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 35
Source: Purchase
From "New York Times" bestselling author Brandon Sanderson's action-packed novel "Steelheart" comes "Mitosis," a short story set in the world of The Reckoners series, exclusively available in the digital format.

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

Catch all the action before "Firefight," the exciting sequel to "Steelheart," hits shelves in January 2015.

Hah, well this was a silly in between short story. I am not entirely sure what the point of it was? It doesn’t really add much to the characterization of the established Reckoners and it doesn’t really do much in terms of major plot points. David is still pining over Megan, though I mentioned in my review of Steelheart that despite telling me he has feelings, they have about as much romantic chemistry as a wet sock. The city of Newcago is brimming with refugees coming to live somewhere without the fear of epics, but there are just as many people leaving, expecting an epic epic attack at any moment.

David apparently likes hot dogs, Chicago style hot dogs. But, as someone who absolutely abhors sweet pickles, I never saw much of an appeal to them. At least they can somehow get meat and veggies in enough quantities to have a hot dog stand? Of course, somewhere in between doing his mundane things, an epic shows up and challenges him, the “Steelslayer”. So the rest of the novella is mostly about how David runs around and gets shot and somehow figures out the epic’s weakness. And it’s about how the Reckoners rally the city of Newcago to help keep the city safe.

I guess it is also supposed to show the kinks in their armor, as the epic only attacked once Prof was gone. Regardless, the world is a different place out from under Steelheart’s rule. It was a cute little story. Probably not at all important to events that follow, though it may be mentioned in passing. The overall sense of foreboding at the end of it didn’t really add anything to the series. I’m sure the next book will cover all that. Anyway, it was short, and overall kept my attention.

Written by Fry


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