You know... I stumbled across Brandon Sanderson through the Wheel of Time series and progressed from there to the Mistborn trilogy. I really like his writing style and the magic systems he envisions. As far as Steelheart is concerned, I did enjoy the book. I particularly liked the no nonsense approach to the action. The plot moves quickly in this book and the time between pivotal scenes is extremely short. Personally, I would have preferred a much longer epic novel with the same fast pace approach that takes the reader (or Listener) through more of the books that go with this series.
The Storyline was very enjoyable and Brandon Sanderson delivered flawlessly.
I loved the interaction of all the characters.
There were so many: From the motorcycle chase to all the near life and death situations to the epic ending. Very well told story.
All in all, very well written and Great Story
I have very mixed feelings about this book, hence the middle of the road rating. In some ways it was fun and exciting. However, I think it would make a much better movie than it did a book. It was full of action (lots of gunfire and explosions) and the concept is unique. On the other hand, I thought the characters were very one-dimensional and David's horrible metaphors (which I think were meant to be funny) began to grate on me. He was definitely a complete stereotype of an 18 year old guy especially where Megan was concerned. I got tired of his infatuation with her and of hearing him wax poetic on how great her body was and how beautiful her eyes were. There were definitely deeper issues going on especially regarding how the Epics treat regular humans and how power corrupts but they were overshadowed by talk of weapons and lots and lots of explosions. I also can't say that I was surprised by any of the "plot twists" as I pretty much saw them coming. Not sure if it was obvious to all readers or if I'm just particularly astute.
I think what saved this book for me was the absolutely fantastic narration of the audiobook by MacLeod Andrews. I cannot praise his performance enough. His regular voice was perfect for David (he totally sounds like he is in his late teens/early 20s, though I have no idea how old he is in real life). But, it was his voices for all of the other characters that really made him shine. Each one was completely unique and made the characters come alive. Without his performance, I can honestly say I probably wouldn't have bothered reading the whole book. Not sure if I'm going to continue on with the series at this point, but if I do, I will likely only listen to it on audio.
This is even better than what I have come to expect from Brandon Sanderson. It has great plot twist and keeps you interested from beginning to end. If you like urban fantasy (and maybe even if you don't) you'll love this book!!!
Brandon Sanderson is my all time favorite author. His mistborn series has been my favorite book since reading it 7 or so years ago. Even after reading 100s of books after, it remains that way. I wouldn't say this book is better than mistborn but so far I have yet to find a better written series so I wouldn't consider that a bad thing. It is still a very engaging storyline that had me interested within the first chapter.
The audio was well done. I would say MacLeod is one of the best audio voices I've heard out of around 15 others.
All together a very good book and I can't wait to read the next!
As a person who is southern, this is wrong. Ya or you is singular. Y'all is a contraction for ye all, meaning two or more. No native southerners that I have ever heard of use y'all as a plural pronoun.
The story itself was a little weak in some spots, but overall the experience was a fun ride. I will partake in the rest of the series. The narration choice was spot on, he does a fantastic job!
This was a good book, not the greatest and a very unusual beginning. Once you get used to the unusual tone of the book and the unique literary choices it is quite interesting. The characters are likable and have great depth. The foreshadowing is excellent. I found myself constantly guessing the plot twists (I was right about 75% of the time).
It is worth a read and I can't wait to start the next book now that the author has everything set up.