Firefight: The Reckoners, Book 2

Book review by
Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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New setting, twists add intrigue to violent superhero saga.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational Value

Although primarily an action-packed superhero adventure, Firefight does ask questions about friendship, duty, and loyalty. It also examines the morality of killing someone on the assumption that they're only capable of evil.

Positive Messages

Firefight examines the ethics of deciding who is truly evil and therefore deserves to die. Some of the characters in the book are unwilling to believe that their enemies are capable of doing good, but David, the narrator, argues that the possibility must be recognized.


Firefight is filled with superhero violence, but it's usually depicted at a remove. Heroes, villains, and hundreds of innocent bystanders are killed, but the bloody details usually are not given.


David has a crush on Megan, a supposedly traitorous Epic. When they finally meet again, they spend a lot of time flirting and ultimately start making out. In a climactic scene, their clothes are burned away, leaving them naked in front of each other.


"Hell" is used less than a dozen times and "damn" even less often. Mostly, the characters use invented slang, such as "sparks," "calamity," and "slontze," which may annoy some readers.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Firefight is the sequel to Steelheart and continues the saga of David Charleston and his fellow Reckoners who battle supervillains known as Epics. Heroes, villains, and innocent bystanders are killed in cold blood, but the bloody details are usually omitted. "Hell" is used less than a dozen times and "damn" even less often. Characters prefer an invented slang: "sparks," "calamity," "slontze." David has a crush on Megan, the young woman who apparently betrayed him, and they flirt whenever they meet. They also share a quick make-out session before being interrupted.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPetalknits January 15, 2016

Great book! Just not for the age it says.

This book is rated on Audible as being for 11-13 year olds. Not only do I enjoy it as an adult, there are some slightly adult situations.
A girl is in her wet s... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byIsaackelly2002 November 29, 2015


This book firefight is a great dystopian tale. It's bout a boy, who after overthrowing the tyrant of newcago and bringing peace to a town where epics (peo... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamgee April 8, 2021

Fun, action-packed, but cut out the sex!

This book was fun and intense. But it still stinks. I was really disappointed by the sexy parts. I still don't get why Brandon Sanderson had to write those... Continue reading

What's the story?

Having killed Steelheart, the "High Epic" who ruled as a tyrant over Newcago, 18-year-old David Charleston journeys with his mentor, Prof, to what used to be Manhattan, now known as Babylon Restored or Babilar. The Reckoners' mission is to find and kill Regalia, the mysterious ruler who controls the flooded city via her water-based superpowers. Regalia also is in cahoots with Obliteration, the merciless Epic who burned down Houston and seems to want to do the same to Babilar. While searching for the young woman who betrayed him -- Megan, now known as Firefight -- David must discover the secret weaknesses of the Epics he and his colleagues want to destroy before the Reckoners are led into a deadly trap.

Is it any good?

FIREFIGHT mostly avoids the "second book slump," offering a new, wetter setting for the superhero action and delivering a couple of monumental twists that kick the plot into high gear at the climax. The various fight scenes are well realized and clearly choreographed, even if everyone tends to be more talky than would be expected in a duel to the death. David is an appealing protagonist, although his habit of using awkward similes in nearly every conversation gets old after a while. Still, David's unique perspective raises Firefight above the usual X-Men rehash.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why superheroes are so popular with so many audiences in such a variety of media.

  • How would you begin to forgive someone who has betrayed you? What actions would they need to take before you could start to trust them again?

  • Does great power always corrupt those who wield it? How do people with great responsibility gain the wisdom to use it wisely?

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