When I read this book, I stayed up until two in the morning to finish it. I loved it. Okay, okay. I should preface this review with the fact that Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors. However, there are things that he does when he writes that I don’t always agree with. I feel that I can still objectively critique this book. So, the main character has an analogies quirk that is hilarious. Its actually pretty hard to describe. Also, without giving any spoilers, there is an overall twist to the story that David (and even the rest of the Reckoners) don’t find out until the end of the story.
Earlier in my writing career, I would dock Sanderson for adding in too much extraneous detail at weird times. However, he does a really good job of turning it into a character trait of David so that it doesn’t feel out of place. The other thing about David that could bother some people is that he is an adolescent young man. He’s not a strong female lead character and that bothers some people. However, that spoke to me and put me more in the story. It is possible that I enjoyed it so much because I am a male who grew up in the 80s and I like that sort of trope.
I could also sit here and criticize the book for being a comic book type story, but I see it as the trope he is working with. You can’t turn a trope on it’s head without making it feel like a trope to begin with. You can label me a fan boy if you want, but I give it a 5 out of 5 stars.
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