About 10 years ago, a big red ball called Calamity appeared in the sky. In the next year, people started getting super powers, calling themselves Epics. Except, every Epic is bad. So they begin not only terrorizing humans, but eventually carve the world up into city-states that they all rule like tyrants. The book centers around David Charleston, an 18-year-old whose father was killed by the toughest epic and ruler of Newcago Steelheart (essentially, evil superman) and whose looking to join the Reckoners, a group of humans who go around hunting Epics.
This book is a TON of fun and the narrator is one of my favorite on Audible. The main character, David, manages to have angst while still believably balancing it with humor (and avoids the Katniss problem of being a totally unfun narrator). His bad metaphors are a height of the entire Reckoners series. The other Reckoners are well constructed enough that even if they at times fall into tropes, Sanderson gives them enough unique qualities to let them breathe.
There are some nice twists and Chekov's guns (even if I did end up guessing steelheart's weakness about halfway through teh book) and where the book REALLY excels is the tension. I was seriously impressed that Sanderson was essentially able to carry out a chase sequence for over an hour and keep me excited and nervous the entire time. I was listening to this on runs and I think his writing literally made me go the extra mile (or three).
Also naturally there are some nice comic fan easter eggs. Obviously, a lot of the streets are named after comics writers, but my favorite detail might be naming the big weapons distributor Diamond.
This is the first Audiobook I have listened to on Audible and I really liked the way it was done!
The parts I liked best are the description of the characters. Sttelheart, Nightweilder, Prof, Megan. All of them, its cool to picture them in your head doing all sorts of crazy things as the story goes on.
I liked a couple of scenes. I liked the mental picture I got when the group was in the lower part of the city and they were approached by some thugs wanting to get Abraham's gun and he would calmly solve the situation. As well as picturing prof fighting Steelheart.
Overall I thought it was narrated very well and I cant wait to listen to the next book!
The narration was good but I never cared about any of the characters. I did not care if any of them made it to the next book or not.
I might if it was a free or a daily deal. Definitely not the next Steelheart though.
It was not a total waste but at the end I was glad it was over.
I'm a Sanderson fan, I'm biased, but I enjoyed this story of heroes lacking power others enjoyed and the causes of corruption. Worth reading, and the narrator was average with no annoying voices or accents and clear differences between characters.
I liked the story and the characters. However, it is written from an 18 year old perspective and I think this may at times bother older "readers".
the whole truth kind of guy
Very enjoyable with twist till the end! Can't wait to hear book two. Brandon Sanderson is a great story teller. I plan to listen to all his books.
I was looking for an easy read during my commute time. This book was exciting and easy to follow. The story is somewhat predictable, but also has some twists and surprises here and there. If you are looking for a easy and fun book, this would be it!
at first i was disappointed, however after the middle of the story I'm thinking dang glad i didn't put this book down
the story fairly came alive.
an excellent comparison to clive cussler
as usual the final confrontation kept me riveted and desperate for more
the whole narrative moved at an extremely engaging speed
i can't wait for the sequels