Seriously.... did I miss something????WHY IN HEAVENS NAME does this book have such a high rating????!?!?! I've heard such good things about this author, too....This is one of the cheesiest & corniest stories I've dragged my bored-to-the-point-of-death mind through in a loooonnngggg time... First of all.. if you're a Post Apocalyptic fan (a real one) & put books like The Stand, One Second After, Swan Song, or Cronin's Passage Trilogy at the top of your list, then you'll probably hate this book..I'm still pissed that it is even listed in the PA genre.... story line is childish... predictable... characters have the depth of a Warner Bros. cartoon character... and if I ever hear "oh sparks!" or "Calamity!!" again, I may go postal.... This is adolescent/pre-teen level CRAP at best.. I am OBVIOUSLY in the minority here.... but Im also in the minority on books like 50 Shades... but that's probably due to the fact that I actually have A Real Life, a vocabulary that surpasses my 3rd grade education, & I also get laid on a regular basis...So, if you fit into this category, don't fall for the ratings on this book.. and also, let's be friends.
Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
I'm a Sanderson fan, but I might not sound like it here. Perhaps I grade him harshly because some of his other work is so good. I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it, particularly for a YA audience, but not-so-Y adults will enjoy it as well.
Sanderson does well what he always does well:
-Characters have very cool magical powers.
-Fight scenes with magic are fast and plentiful.
-The "all super villain / no super hero" premise is great!
-The post (ongoing?) - apocalyptic setting is interesting with plenty of room to develop. Though this last is full of anthropological and incentive-based paradoxes that you are better off not thinking too deeply about.
In my mind, these are enough to carry the book. These alone make it good enough. Unfortunately, there are some issues that are uncharacteristically slapdash. The general narrative is just too convenient. The plot never really derails, the characters have already planned everything out and nearly always find what they are looking for. Any twists are very forseeable. Sanderson drops too many clues. I'm horrible at figuring these things out and even to me it seemed plain as day. The characters are pretty wooden. There are some exceptions. Ok, one. Cody. But the rest are underdeveloped.
Lastly, the "boy meets girl" piece is achingly contrived. I know Sanderson wanted wanted a young love element. But, come on, of course the crack team of hardened super villain assassins is going to include a pretty girl his own age who resents him at first, and warms to him later when he demonstrates his quality. Of course it does. While I can suspend disbelief to fit a villain-created forever night in a steel-fossilized Chicago, the love interest character is a bit too fantastical.
The reader was good. Very well cast to do a young man narrator. His accents were ok as were his characterizations.
NOTE: As of this writing there is a free short story available on Audible as an interlude to the series. The next full novel that has not yet been published.
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!
I just DO NOT give out 5 Stars, and I DO NOT like this genre... Except that I can't ever seem to give a book by Sanderson LESS than 5 Stars across the board, and he keeps me coming back to a genre that I could swear I just don't (normally) like!
Worse, he does this "Thing" to me in ALL of his "Post-Wheel Of Time" books... He walks me down a merry little pathway where I'm SURE that I SEE the hidden flaw already in the plot that will be used to twist the plot, or I SEE the little "Caveat" he "just tossed out there as unimportant", which I'm SURE will be how the plans of the hero are thwarted... and then on the next page, "the hidden flaw" points to something else entirely, and the little "Unimportant caveat" REALLY IS just an Unimportant Caveat he laid down in front of me to get my attention diverted enough that by the time I quit focusing on it, I walk right into the trap I was SURE wasn't a trap!
I feel like that Admiral in Star Wars yelling "IT'S A TRAP", except that it's not... and neither is the next one, or the next, and JUST as I lower my guard, the entire Path I thought I was following is just "Gone", and I realize, "I was so busy looking for the usual traps, that I didn't see the REAL trap".
It's like he knows "People like me", who usually have things pretty well figured out, pretty early in a book or series, so he leads me around by the nose just to show that he can... which (by the way), "He Can"... It's Frustrating and FANTASTIC, all at the same time!
I'm just a dumb troglodyte who like reading. Me feel good after I read book.
I have a fascination with the superhero/comic book genre, where I appreciate how superheroes represent the clear delineation of good versus evil. Traditional superheroes are unselfish humanitarians who possess a fatal flaw that can be exploited by an evil villain. By contrast, the villains are typically physically weaker than superheroes but possess a superior intellect that results in an obsession to achieve absolute power/control over others (see M. Night Shyamalan's film "Unbreakable" as a great example).
Given the long and rich history of the superhero genre, an author venturing into this field must bring something creative and unique to the story. Although Brandon Sanderson's "Steelheart" provides an entertaining story, it fails to offer a new perspective to the comic genre. Sanderson's story is faced paced and exciting, but his characters are paper thin relative to development. Steelheart is better suited for an adolescent male readership than a serious reader of fiction attempting to find a larger meaning about good/evil nestled in the novel.
Steelheart's ultimate failure is it lacks substance and depth. The characters quickly move from one action packed situation to another separated by brief interludes of group arguments over the best future course of action. I wish that Sanderson had slowed the pace of Steelheart to develop a storyline with greater context and stronger character background.
Steelheart's strength is the relentless pace of the action. Steelheart is never boring and the writing is crisp. Sanderson gives the reader dozens of close calls and exquisitely staged fight scenes. However, reading Steelheart is akin to going to a five star restaurant and getting a mediocre meal. You just expected more.
According to my rank order book rating system, I place Steelheart in the 45th position of the 73 books I have completed over the last two years. "Horns" by Joe Hill or "Enders Game" by Orson Scott Card are better and more original choices for this genre.
I almost don't want to write a review on this book. I love Sanderson as a writer (well at least I loved The Way of Kings and I have appreciated his other ideas). Once again, I bought this work of his trusting him as an author.
While in this book he shows that he is still a good writer, with interesting ideas, it seems to me he is looking to write for the teenage crowd. It is a superhero story, where all the superheroes are corrupt and malicious. It is told from the view point of a young man (with the maturity of somewhere around a 14 year old boy although the boy is meant to be older, and a sort of scrappy streetwise--but Sanderson's attempt to make the boy a playful whimsical "nerd" felt somewhat forced given his conflicted backstory surviving loss and a harsh violent and tyrannical world). The boy is surviving in a somewhat lightly written apocalyptic Chicago and seeks to revenge himself against one of the super-villains for a personal tragedy that the villain perpetrated against the boy in his youth.
The youthful perspective and feel of the work isn't so bad that adults can't enjoy it (although I almost put it down for good when the main character described a motorcycle as looking like a "ninja puma" or some such childish nonsense).
Honestly, this book was fine, it kept my attention, and had some interesting ideas about the nature and influence of power... I probably judged it harshly primarily as I wish Sandeson would get back to the storm light archive and not spend time on projects like this one...
A good way to get through the work day.
Been saving a credit and waiting for this book to come out since listening to the free preview. I must say, well worth the wait and the credit.
To start the premise of this book is a new twist to the super powered people story. Within the first 5 minutes this book had me hooked. There were serious moments and moments that had me laughing. The main charater is a very likeable and makes you want to see how things turn out. The author does a great job creating charaters with different personalities and backgrounds which makes this book much deeper and interesting to listen to.
The narrator does a good job with the range of charater voices bringing them all to life in different ways.
Though this book seemed to come to a close but I'm hoping there will be more books added since it is called the reckoners series. There are so many more avenues yet to be explored with the plot of this story. Hopefully the next book will be out some time in the near future.
This book hit all the right notes for me.
1. The world has rules that are internally consistent, easy to understand, and has a level of depth that makes surprises possible.
2. The tone of the book is wonderful. It has the right amount of humor and drama mixed in at the right times. There are dark moments and light moments but these moments are intermixed and are not exclusive. There is a cynical humor or sober hope that spoke to directly to my particular tastes as a reader/listener.
3. The pacing is on the money. It is not a constant thrill ride of excitement that never gives you time to breath and enjoy the characters, setting, and tone. But it is also not a plodding mystery with miserly reveals. It struck just the right balance for me. That's a largely subjective metric, but it worked for me.
4. The highest praise I think you can give a series is continued patronage. And I will make sure to pre-order or purchase on opening day the next in this series.
I love sci-fi and fantasy books
the story is a varietion on the "great power corupts". i realy like the idea behind the story, and allthough at times it's very similar to sanderson other books it's still s good story and i like listening to it
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (action sci-fi) - Steelheart is set sometime in the future. The main character is David, an 18-year-old who saw his father killed by Steelheart (an "Epic" with super powers) when he was only 10. He joins up with the "Reckoners" to fight for the good of humanity and, of course, to avenge his father's death. The beginning of the story is unusual and I thought it had the potential to be a very special book, but it soon turned into just another battle between good and evil. There are a few interesting character/plot twists that keep this story more interesting than many, but I eventually got bored with all the fighting and action scenes.
The Epics each possess different super-powers so the Reckoners must create innovative strategies to defeat them, and they utilize some pretty cool gadgets. There is some attempt at humor (which fell flat, in my opinion) and a bit of romance.
PERFORMANCE - Good job, but nothing remarkable.
OVERALL - (Actual rating 3.5) The story ends well and can stand alone, though I see it's Book 1 of a series. I don't plan to read the second book when it comes out, but I will definitely go see a movie if one is made. There is no sex or cursing, so I'd recommended for all listeners. I've rated it pretty low due to the fact I get bored with action and fighting pretty quickly. If you're an adrenaline addict, you would probably rate this book a 5.
Top 10. Its a bit short so I'm sad it didn't get as much bang for my buck but the story was worth it.
Not sure. Its like a comic book gone wrong. I don't read comics and just watch the endless stream of movies out of Hollywood. If anything, I kept visualizing this as a Marvel or DC film.
Cody. I'm an American sucker for other accents.
What if all super heroes were villains?
I have this 4 instead of 5 stars due to the swearing. Just seemed like a bizzare attempt to replace the usual F&S bombs with something more PG-13.