From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson, comes the first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series - Steelheart. Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.
But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.
Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.
And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning - and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He's seen Steelheart bleed.
And he wants revenge.
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This tale offers a fairly unique and interesting world. It would be radically better if the main character could forego his monologues, much like a villian in a silver age comic. For all of that though, it is worth reading.
his ability to make the voices of the characters distinct
with great power comes great corruption - who said anything about responsibility!
Loves a good adventure with heart and lots of laughs.
Steelheart is easily one of the best novels that I have ever read up to this point involving comic styled superpowers. Usually, while I always find stories involving superpowered beings fun, they have never really been very down to earth enough to make any lasting impression.
The story is about normal people trying to fight and survive in a world full of supervillians. No superheroes are coming to save them, they have to save themselves. Talk about rooting for the underdog, right?
Anyway, the plot is fairly slick and the interest the narrator seems to display just makes "Steelheart"'s audio experience even more entertaining. The characters are well rounded and complex in their personality quirks. The main character, David, will spout the most ridiculously awkward metaphors even while he baffles you with his ability to develop impossible tactics on the fly as his allies assassinate evil and nearly invulnerable supervillians. You can feel the uphill battle they are facing place crushing pressure on them and, until the book is done, a listening audience will not want to miss what happens next.
This book is highly recommended to action adventure fans. The next book in this series "Firefight" is already on the wishlist.
I love Brandon Sanderson. He re-kindled my passion for the fantasy genre. I am a very open minded reader but am proud to have retained my ability to smell a stinker. My Sanderson fan boy inside me doubts the man could write a stinker, so far he's right. Objectively speaking, this book isn't vastly different from his others in terms of professional storytelling, world building, and character development. His style of dropping little clues and tieing them all together for an epic climax still manages to come through in this YA novel. If you are a fan of super power individuals, fantasy, or just in the mood for a good book/great listen please check this out.
There are a lot of things about this book that make you examine the super human mythos, if you let them. Some of the foreshadowing felt heavy handed and predictable, until the end. It was my experiences with other writers that made it feel that way. Sanderson sprinkles plenty of clues, but not all of them pan out.
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