mitosis book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Mitosis is a novelette sequel to Steelheart (which is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read!). I think the narrator of the audiobook, Macleod Andrews, did a great job reading. If you have never read any of Brandon Sanderson’s work, you could do much worse than give this a listen. If you already like what he writes (and I certainly do!), I’d recommend starting with Steelheart before setting  your sights on this one.

Mitosis is about a world of super powered people. Unfortunately, all of them seem to already be or to turn insanely evil. It’s a planet with supervillains devoid of any superheroes. So it took a few regular people to become regular heroes and stand up to them. This story takes place after the first successful revolt of the regulars.

It is still too early for the vast majority living in the city to feel confident that they are free of the super. On top of that many are afraid another one is going to show up any day and lay claim to the ‘abandoned’ city for themselves. The fledgling government has tried to think of ways to deal with such a situation by putting into place a few emergency measures.

It’s a good thing they started planning right away, because they do have a problem. Mitosis has just snuck into town and he is a load of trouble. His special power allows him to duplicate himself so he can be his own spy network, or maybe army. He’s come to town looking for the man who claims to have killed Steelheart. He plans to show it was a sham, partly to keep the non-supers down and partly to bolster his own sense of god-hood. It doesn’t look good for our little hero.

Brandon Sanderson is an excellent writer; he has a very wide range of ideas that he has thankfully turned into books. I have almost all of his books, with only a couple left that I haven’t had a chance to read and I’ve enjoyed every single one. Many might have trouble with the young adult series Alcatraz and the Evil Librarians (though I thought it was hilarious) but I recommend this author very highly nonetheless!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Audible.com. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.