Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson
Review: (No Spoilers)
If you are a huge fantasy geek like me, Brandon Sanderson needs no introduction. You’ve probably already read Mistborn or his finale novels to the Wheel of Time series. You might have heard him talk on the Writing Excuses podcast, or seen him at the GenCon Writer’s Symposium last year.
And if you’ve never heard of Brandon Sanderson before, I suggest you claw your way from under that rock and get to a library. Stat.
What you may not know about Sanderson is that he also has a series of superhero fiction called The Reckoners. The first book in the series is Steelheart, which I read a few months ago. I went on to pick up Mitosis, the short story that follows the events in Steelheart.
This is not your normal superhero story.
The world Sanderson has built is a post-apocalyptic dystopia, where Calamity arrived and caused some humans to develop superpowers. These humans become Epics. Epics are not nice people.
Like Steelheart, Mitosis is named after the Epic featured in the story, but the leading character is David, a young man who molded his life to fight the Epics. Now he must face-off with a self-replicating, near immortal Epic who threatens his city.
Sanderson has a precise way of writing, whether its his epic fantasy or in-your-face superhero fiction. Mitosis was everything I expected from such a powerhouse author. A dynamic setting, compelling and flawed characters, enough plot twists to keep me guessing, and a fun, fast-paced reading experience.
All I can say is you should read Steelheart (Book #1), then Mitosis (Book #1.5), and await the release of Firefight (Book #2) in 2015. Or, if you’re truly a geek like me, start running a Mutants & Masterminds campaign set in the world of The Reckoners and convince all of your players to become as obsessed with the books as you are.
Publisher: Delacorte Press (December 3, 2013)
Edition: Kindle, ebook, 35 pages
Blurb from GoodReads:
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.
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.