Mitosis (Reckoners #1.5) by Brandon Sanderson
Steelheart may be dead, but Epics still plague Newcago and David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.
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...