Suspension of Disbelief: Mistborn
Suspension of Disbelief is a weekly feature, in which we review movies, books, TV shows, and other popular culture for the skeptical teen.
Series Title: Mistborn
Books: The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages (so far)
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Review: There are very few series that I can sit down and read over and over again. Mistborn is definitely one of them. I’ve read all three books at least 5 times, and still manage to catch something new each time. The amount of detail, nuance, plot twist, and philosophical contemplation put into these books is fantastic, and is nearly unmatched by anything else I’ve read. It takes place in its own world, not related to ours. In it, there are three unique magic systems based on properties of metals, a major heist, an overhaul of a political, a discussion of class differences and the interplay between several sentient species, the formation of a religion, the destruction of another religion, a strong female lead, and the interactions she has with other people as she leaves her role of street urchin and creates her own place in the world. There’s almost nothing in this series for me to be critical of: the characters are very real, and the story is so well written that it draws the reader into another world effortlessly.
A quick introductory summary (no major spoilers): The story of Mistborn follows a young girl from the streets, named Vin. She’s survived on her “Luck”, a special ability that allows her to manipulate other people’s emotions. This makes her valuable to her gang, but she’s also hated for her differences… until a new gang finds and recruits her. They, too, have “Luck”, or Allomancy, a type of magic that follows the laws of physics and relies on the “burning” of certain metals, which each have different properties and abilities. Before long, Vin’s new crew starts a job… overthrowing the empire. And that’s just the first few chapters of the first book. You’ll just have to read them to find out the rest. I predict that you won’t be able to put this one down.
Oh, and if you like Mistborn, there’s a fourth, stand-alone-ish novel coming out in November, titled The Alloy of Law, that occurs a few hundred years after the end of Hero of Ages. I personally cannot wait to read it.