I have don’t have any intention of reviewing short stories on a regular basis, but since I’m eagerly waiting for the library to get in Calamity, I thought I’d read this one.
It’s set between Steelheart and Firefight, thus the 1.5. David, the main character of the series, is just trying to keep the peace in Newcago (Chicago) after the downfall of Steelheart and his regime. Knowing they’d likely draw the attention of other Epics, the Reckoners have been on alert. Mitosis, an epic that can duplicate himself, shows up with a very specific agenda.
There isn’t too much new information in the story. It does highlight David’s growing hunch that an Epic’s weaknesses aren’t random, but are intimately connected to the person before they became an Epic. This, of course, plays a part in Firefight. It also give a glimpse at how the liberated city operates. Mostly it feels like a warm-up act for the main event. I actually find that appealing and might consider doing something like that myself.
In all, it was pretty good. I don’t know if I’d buy it myself but it definitely got me ready for more Reckoners.