Listen, I’m a sucker for a good rebellion. One thing that annoys me? When books throw down a rebellion in days/weeks and of course everything goes well. The evil empire is toppled and everyone goes on their merry ways. End of book, end of me caring about anything else you write. But not good ol’ Mr. Sanderson, he knows his stuff. This group plans to overthrow the current government in one year’s time, a much more realistic goal and this first book in the trilogy covers around the first six months of planning the rebellion. Guess what else? Not all goes swimmingly. There are major setbacks. This rebellion could very well fail and it makes my heart squeal with joy. I like being surprised, I like not knowing the possible outcomes of each decision, I really like being in on the workings of a rebellion from the beginning.
Now let’s talk this magic system…Holy shit balls! Unique, unique, unique. I couldn’t possibly do it justice trying to explain how it works but it is unlike anything that I have read before.
The Final Empire itself is a world of soot and ash that floats down from the sky, emblazoned by a red sun. Creatures called Mistwraiths, creatures made up of the bones of corpses they devour, rule the nights along with the mist that creeps in at dusk. The nobility rents their slaves (the skaa) from the Lord Ruler (he calls himself a god and rules the empire) and force the skaa to work their fields. The skaa are rewarded with quaint hovels to live in and meager food to survive on. If their daughters are pretty, it is considered a curse as they will most likely be taken aware by their masters and killed a few weeks later when the master is done using them as he will. I mean, who wouldn’t find this world depressing and want to rise up against it?
Our main character Vin didn’t. She was just trying to survive the streets in a thieving crew after her brother disappeared on her. She kept to the shadows and tried to be completely forgettable. The less anyone paid attention to her, the more likely that she would survive another day. But unfortunately for her, her powers (something that she hardly knows she has) give her away to the wrong people. People who would kill her for simply being what she is. A Mistborn.
Luckily for her, she is saved by a band of misfits just in the nick of time and these misfits are planning something grand. Something that she doesn’t even think will work but they want her help. They feed her, cloth her and teach her but she still doesn’t know if she can trust them or whether they’re even sane. What is a girl to do?
Join a rebellion of course.
This book pushed ALL the right buttons for me.
5 out of 5 stars