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Mitosis

A Reckoners Story
Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series and creator of the internationally best-selling Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson comes Mitosis, a short story set in the action-packed world of Steelheart: the Reckoners series, exclusively available in the digital format. 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 shelves in fall 2014.

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What the critics say

"The near-constant action, Sanderson's whiz-bang imaginings, and a fully realized sense of danger…make this an absolute page-turner." ( Publisher's Weekly)
"Perfect for genre fans who love exciting adventure stories with surprising plot twists." ( School Library Journal)
"A straight-up Marvel Comics-style action drama featuring a small band of human assassins taking on costumed, superpowered supervillains with melodramatic monikers." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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Great Novella!

I am typically weary of novellas because I am not a fan of authors making these novellas necessary to read and purchase to understand the story. I like when they are just additions to the story to give avid fans of the story more to read if they choose to. That is exactly what Mitosis was.

Mitosis wasn't a necessary read (well, listen since I had it as an audiobook), but it did give us just a little bit of an insight as to what David and the Reckoners are doing in the interim between the end of Steelheart and presumably the beginning of Firefight (but I have yet to read that one). I liked that we got to see more of David and his irresponsible heroism; it wasn't necessary for me to read this one to know that about him though, which is probably what I liked the most.

My favourite part of this was the idea that Newcago is changing for the better: more people are trusting that the Reckoners will be able to protect them from any and all Epics. But I do think that will bite them in the ass in Firefight.

Overall: 3.5/5 stars. This one just made me all the more excited to read Firefight! I should really go pick up a copy... I would suggest reading or listening to this one -- it is a good refresher to the story before you read Firefight, but it isn't necessary to read it in my opinion. It doesn't lead into what the big bad will be in the next one or give you a "dream" or "prophecy" that is necessary to understand the stories like some other books I could mention...

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fun short story!

fun short story in line with the primary books in the series. a side story post Calamity

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Short for Brandon

Too short, but otherwise good. Used to longer stories with more character development with Brandon Sanderson books. Not bad as an interlude though.

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  • Gawaine
  • 2015-01-16

Great short story.

This is a short book, but very entertaining. It's an interesting side story about what happens after the events of Steelheart. It's read by the same great narrator.

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 2015-02-25

I totally listened to this out of order

I totally listened to this out of the order of the series, but I couldn’t help myself. I wanted more from the amazing universe that Brandon Sanderson has created in this series.

I was right, this was a great Reckoners thirst quencher, perfect for wetting your mind for the next book to be released.

In Firefight I thought that David had become a bit reckless and way too confident. I think that Mitosis does a good job of addressing that fact. Here the Professor is out in Babylon doing reconnaissance for the upcoming adventure there. Then David and the Reckoners find a new high epic, Mitosis, in New Cago. Of course that will not stand.

Without giving anything away, let me say this. If you have already listened to Steelheat and find yourself wanting to be brought back to the Epic universe, all be it for an hour, you will not be disappointed at all. Fun, face paced, everything you will want other than length.

Macleaod Andrews delivers again. Quite honestly one of the most diverse, in the sense of voices, narrators I have ever listened to. Able to spit out various different accents and sexes at the drop of a hat. There is a reason I simply search audiobooks by his name alone.

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  • Josh T
  • 2015-07-17

Important read before starting Firefight

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I did. It's a quick listen, but it's important to tie the first and second books together.

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  • Travis
  • 2015-06-03

Not really impactful.

Should have been included as part of another book, as an independent short story it was kind of meh. Reasonably forgettable.

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  • Paul C.
  • 2015-01-16

Quickly becoming my favorite series of books.

I saw Mitosis but negelected to purchase it as I was so excited to dive into Firefight, but after hearing Mitosis referenced in Firefight, I had to know the story.

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  • Steve W.
  • 2019-01-24

The discarded alt ending to Calamity - dont buy!

Why is this listed as book 4 in the Reckoner's series when it is obviously an ending that was either edited out or was discarded by the writer? This should've been included with Calamity as a bonus alternate ending. Disappointing!

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  • michael kelsch
  • 2015-01-23

Quick funny and entertaining

Sanderson keeps his characters in perfection and writes soundly , also the reader is the perfect person for "David " and all the other characters.

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  • mike1988
  • 2015-01-20

not his best, but I still enjoyed it

the main struggle facing the Reckoners is too simple, but I guess you can only do so much with a story this short. If your a fan you will enjoy it.

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  • david
  • 2015-01-18

Great

Great story. A littler too short. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I give this a 4 star

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  • GMD
  • 2015-01-20

Good but

it was a good little story but too short. it felt like getting a plate with three tasty green beans when you had ordered the slices of pepperoni pizza...

6 of 8 people found this review helpful