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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Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author: Stephen King. Favorite book: Hyperion.
Come on, this story is pretty much a retelling of X-Men and mutants with supernatural powers. At least that's what I thought when I first started listening to it. While the story does follow that type of genre where some people have gained tremendous powers due to some sort of alien artifact, it's more of a story about a normal person who is trying to navigate this new reality that has the world filled with super beings. And the author does this perfectly.
The protagonist, David, witnesses his father being killed by Steelheart, one of these superpowered mutants. He decides that he will kill Steelheart, but how do you kill someone who is pretty much like Superman?
David begins his quest to gain revenge and ends up joining sides with a group of vigilantes whose goal is to kill these supernatural mutants. It's kind of like X-men in reverse.
I found the story to be very well paced. The writing is superb on the descriptive and action elements. The ending was a bit over the top in contrivance, but doesn't take away from the overall excellence of this story.
Avid reader and audible listener. Usually the person recommending rather than following the yellow brick road to the fad of the moment
excellent book, well developed story line and characters that would make any Marvel fan happy
I enjoyed this book for the most part. My only complaints are that it seems to drag at some point and sometimes the dialogue can be quite painful. Having swears or curses constantly changed to "Oh sparks!" or "Oh calamity" is really annoying and sounds ridiculous. If its that big of a deal just cut it out completely. Hearing "Sparks!" takes you out of the intesity of moments. Other than that its a pretty straightforward story. Not alot of twists you won't see coming, or maybr I read to many comics or watch to much TV. Anyways Its a good time killer and the reader does good acting for the most part. Pick it up for a free token, its worth checking into.
Man I'm addicted to audible!! I enjoy fiction books a little too much
great story and as I've come to find out Brandon Sanderson has awesome characters.. not a huge fan of the narrator but he did a great job for the feel of the main guy.
Honesty. That's what you're getting from me. See how serious I am in my profile pic?
Absolutely. The premise is engaging and puts a new twist on the superhero genre.
I enjoyed the overall theme of the story. It kept a good flow and never lost my interest.
Prof coming for David in the tunnels. Don't know that I can say more without giving anything away!
Without question, David in the bank. Again, I'm afraid I'll say too much!
I only wish that it was longer. The upside is that there's always Firefight to read/listen to after Steelheart.
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