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Summer Reading 2017: Mistborn

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Why Jessica wants to read this book...

I want to read Mistborn because I enjoy reading dystopian fantasy novels and I am particularly intrigued by Sanderson's clever and unique Allomantic magic system, which grants some special powers through the ingestion of particular metals.

About the book


by Brandon Sanderson

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the enslaved toiled in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a tortured slave rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison. A brilliant thief and natural leader, this man, Kelsier, turned his talents — and his newfound powers— to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.

Kelsier recruites a group of the underworld's elite, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream — not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the Lord Ruler and his oligarchy.

But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she's an enslaved orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. But she will have to learn to trust Kelsier if he is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed - powers including those Kelsier himself has.

Applicable categories for the Urban Read Harder Challenge:

Robots and Magic

For fans of

  • Fantasy
  • Action-packed, fast-paced plots
  • George R.R. Martin 
  • Lord of the Rings

About the reader

Jessica Yen, Math

This is Jessica's first summer reading recommendation.

About the reader

Adam Baron, Library Leader