Book Review: Mitosis

Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson, Reckoners #1.5

An action-packed Reckoners story from Sunday Times Bestseller Brandon Sanderson that bridges the action in Steelheart with the all new adventure Firefight, in a collectible HB edition

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, co-author of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson, comes Mitosis, a short story set in the action-packed world of Steelheart: the Reckoners series, exclusively available in a HB collector's edition. Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back. Catch all the action before Firefight, the exciting sequel to Steelheart, hits the shelves.

Last year I read the first installment in the Reckoners series of Brandon Sanderson, Steelheart and was immediately taken by the ideas behind the story. Where most superheroes are always associated with doing good in the world, Brandon Sanderson gives quite a different spin to the superhero theme, showing that power corrupts and ultimate power corrupts absolutely. The superheroes in Reckoners are far from the good guys you expect them to be, well the majority of them at least. 

The story of Mitosis takes place after the events of Steelheart. Steelheart introduced us to the story of David and how he met up with the Reckoners, a group of rebels that fight to eliminate Epics all around the word. In the first book they managed to get rid of the proposed immortal Epic Steelheart. Now that the leader of Newcago is gone, something has changed and for the better. Brandon Sanderson starts of his story rather plainly with David getting abite to eat and then encountering a new Epic. An Epic who goes by the name of Mitosis. If you are a biologist like me you know what mitosis is but for those that aren't familiar with it. Mitosis is a process where cell nucleus and eventually the cell separates to form two new cell. Basically cell division (quick a dirty). This is also the power that Mitosis has. He can clone himself into near infinite numbers quite a cool power to have, this also makes him sort of immortal as each copy has his DNA and he can begin anew if only one copy survives. With this new Epic in Newcago, the Reckoners have their work cut out once again to make it Epic free. Mitosis is a novella so I can't go into to many depths as the story is rather short as is. But all in all, Brandon Sanderson produce an action packed story, a nice "case file" for the Reckoners to tackle. 

Mitosis acts as nice bridge between Steelheart and Firefight (which was released earlier this month). Next to producing an entertaining read, there are also some secrets revealed in Mitosis that will make you raise many questions for the continuation of the series. Besides acting as a bridge it also serves as quite the teaser for for Firefight as it has the first few chapters in the back, once you read them you will immediately want to start in Firefight. Mitosis is a to quick and easy book that you can read without knowing Steelheart but with it in the back of your mind, the story of Mitosis does become a lot better. I am starting Firefight asap. With the Reckoner's Brandon Sanders has created a very likable and high enjoying young-adult series that a lot of adults will enjoy as well.


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