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Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1 | [Brandon Sanderson]

Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

The first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series, from the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Mistborn Trilogy and The Way of Kings.

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.

Read by MacLeod Andrews.

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    jason Spanish Town, Jamaica 10-28-13
    jason Spanish Town, Jamaica 10-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book for a first listen"
    Would you listen to Steelheart again? Why?

    yes i would because the story line is gripping


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    my favorite character was prof


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought life to the characters and his voice was certainly not one dimensional. You got the feeling that you were in a performance rather than listening to the monotone in a narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Steelheart's weakness was revealed


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Robyn
    SWINDON, United Kingdom
    12/29/13
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    "Sanderson never disappoints"

    Brandon Sanderson never disappoints. Like Rithmatist, or Alloy of Law, this has a lighter touch to it than did Mistborn or Stormlight, but it's equally engaging.
    MacLeod Andrews' narration for this was just right - his accent fitting perfectly with the lead character's dialogue and attitude.

    I think one other reviewer has written that they are always waiting for the "raspberry" from Sanderson, but it never turns out that way - I agree. Even when his style changes, and the story takes on more of a sci-fi twist, it's still a great bit of entertainment, and his characters and plots never disappoint.

    I seldom seek anything excessively "deep and meaningful" when I listen to audiobooks (there's too much reality in real life!) - instead I like escapism and entertainment - and this is what Sanderson delivers in buckets.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    12/6/13
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    "Light reading and action packed"

    One of Brandon Sanderson’s lighter novels, which is aimed to be enjoyed by teenagers and adults alike. I found it thoroughly enjoyable, but it isn’t a masterpiece by any means.

    Story – 4/5

    As a simpler novel, a lot of the complexities of the superpowers/magic system are skipped by having the main band of characters have limited knowledge of the characters with powers. He has done this well though, as it keeps an element of mystery in the story, making the mission to kill them seem very daunting and difficult. I get the impression we will find out more in later novels

    The story is action packed from start to finish. Compared to Brandon’s other novels, he doesn’t waste time on back story and world building, we are thrown into the deep end of the main story arc which is linear.

    All good characters are extremely likeable. In most novels, there is always a character that annoys me. Steelheart is an exception to that. There are no grey areas, only good and evil characters, adding to the simplicity of the novel.

    Performance – 4.5/5

    MacLeod Andrews American accent suited this book perfectly, as it was not only set in America, but all of the dialog had a very American feel to it (i.e. the mannerisms and sayings). He was superb at giving everyone an extremely distinct voice, which may have been made easier by the fact that the cast of characters was small. All scenes were performed smoothly and Macleod made it very easy to get sucked into the action and excitement which was plentiful in the novel.

    Overall – 4/5

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cathy
    Ilminster, United Kingdom
    10/6/13
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    "Really enjoyed this"

    Imaginative storytelling, lots of action, suspense and fast paced with a good cast of characters. A really descriptive and sad prologue sets up the storyline, the trauma suffered by David and how that affects the choices he makes. In a post Calamity world ruled by dark and chilling Epics, humans who gained fearful super powers, a small group of resistance fighters, The Reckoners, are killing Epics to try and undermine their hold on the world.
    David wants revenge against the most powerful ruling Epic, Steelheart, for the murder if his father 10 years ago. He joins The Reckoners (great characters) and they devise a plan. David knows Steelheart has a weakness, he saw him bleed, but he doesn't know for sure what the weakness is.
    There are morality issues to confront and lessons to learn and several unexpected twists and revelations turn things upside down.
    The characters are strong and the relationships and banter between them is appealing and also comical at times.
    The story leaves enough unsaid to make you want to follow on with the next book.
    Loved the audio.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kexin
    UK
    3/31/14
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    "Another epic in the making"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely would recommend this! It is much more thought out than the mistborn series for which brandon sanderson is known for. Definitely a much improved work from his earlier novels. A more realistic view on what people would be like if super powers were real.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot twist. The author goes to great length considering the readers anticipation of events to come and what is to be predicted and subverts all our expectations in a timely and spectacular manner.


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Nothing more than what other fiction narrators have narrated for Brandon Sanderson. He does good and does not fail to deliver, though probably not quite on the level as Michael Kramer.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The prologue


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Niall
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    1/30/14
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    "Thank heavens that's over with."

    This gets two stars primarily because I realised fairly early on that it was not meant for me so giving it a worse score would be mean. This is a YA story and I'm pushing 50. That said, I'm not entirely sure I ever had the mind set to actually like this.

    The characters are unconvincing, randomly intelligent, and occasionally annoying. The narrator (the character, not the narrator of the audiobook) is a teenage boy who really does swap between sheer intuitive genius and all the power of a 2 watt bulb at a moment's notice. The shocking twists are, frankly, not shocking. The audiobook narrator seemed to read in a monotone most of the time.

    The actual final resolution was quite satisfying, but I am going to try to force myself to not read any of the sequels. I'll just be setting myself up to be annoyed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    kettering, northants, United Kingdom
    1/18/14
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    "Original, action packed and does not disappoint."
    If you could sum up Steelheart in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing. Fun. Fantastic


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    After listening to the first thirty minutes I did not want to stop. I found myself waiting to get back and listen to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read many different superhero stories, comics, novels etc. This is something new! Mixing the post-apocalyptic and superhero genres in a fantastic way, where only supervillians exists. Tense action from the start with some twists and turns along the way. You will not be disappointed with this story. Download, listen, enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Where are all the Super Heroes?"

    While this is a Young Adult novel, i really enjoyed it (and i am in my 40s). I am a fan of Brandon Sanderson so this may affect my view on this book.
    The book is a coming of age story, revolving around a young male who wants revenge against the title Steelheart.
    The book is full of Super Villains and very light (virtually non existent) of Super Heroes. This may change in the coming books - or an explanation will be given (better than the one in the book). It is a first book and as a result it can be a little slow in some places. While the book has an ending, it is setting up the follow up book.

    The narration of the book was excellent. It was easy to know which character was who, and the action scenes were gripping.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Liam
    REDCAR, United Kingdom
    4/1/14
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    "Original"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I found this to be very original and unexpected, completely out of synch with much of his other work (way of kings etc). I didn't think I'd enjoy it as it is almost set in a 1960s chicago but I was pleasantly surprised.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheena
    United Kingdom
    2/17/14
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    "Wow, excellent surprise find"

    Downloaded the book on a whim based on previous reviews...extremely glad that I did! Suits fully grown as well as 'young' adults with a rich, powerful and intriguing storyline. A rare treat with superb narration. Download, you won't be disappointed. Second in the trilogy due out later this year I believe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul D
    Halland, United Kingdom
    1/16/14
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    "Zap, pow, kerblam . ."
    What made the experience of listening to Steelheart the most enjoyable?

    Mindless entertainment with a fast pace.


    What other book might you compare Steelheart to, and why?

    Nope, really do not know this genre well. Something like Moorcock's Planet Earth in the 60's was equally ridiculous but a also equally driven and . . . .fun


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This is very much a book written to be filmed. Fast action and plenty of it, cardboard typecast cutouts for characters that a quickly compartmentalized. All very formulaic but quite exciting. So many films like this and hence books or vis a vis? Chicken and egg. Anyway, the question. "You've seen it all before, here it is again, only more.;


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps been a bit mean with this review. It is what it is and . . . .yes i enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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