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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
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.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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"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.
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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.
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.
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