EW’s Exclusive Look at STEELHEART Sequel, FIREFIGHT

The sequel to the successful first book is entitled “Firefight,” and will be available January 6, 2015.



ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Explain how the new look of Steelheart and Firefight reflects themes from the series.
I love the original cover for Steelheart. For the paperback, however, we felt we wanted to transition away from the image of a single individual on the cover. Though David is the narrator of the books, the story is about an ensemble. It becomes a story about the Reckoners as a team. In particular, the characters Megan and Prof both really struck a chord with readers. And both have larger roles in Firefight. In a lot of ways, we’re trying to approach the books more like Disney approached their film Tangled — where they chose specifically not to call it Rapunzel, but instead theme it toward the larger cast. These new covers convey the explosive nature of the books, while at the same time allowing the entire crew to shine.
How will David be challenged in new ways in Firefight?
In Firefight, David leaves Chicago for basically the first time in his life. The first book was personal to him, and his quest for vengeance, on his home turf. The second book forces him to expand his vision, and ask himself what he’s really fighting for. Is this about survival, revenge, or something greater? For the first time, he feels sympathy for Epics, these larger-than-life supervillains, and yet, his entire purpose since his father’s death has been to find and kill them. His story will lead toward revelations about the nature of the Epics, and the origins of the Reckoners themselves, as the epic they decide to bring down is an old friend of Prof’s.
There’s also an element of a love story in this book. I can’t give away any secrets, but David is searching for someone who might end up becoming a bigger part of his life, and she represents a very large challenge.

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