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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I always find it fascinating where writers get their ideas and, according to an article by Rachel Brutsch of the Deseret News, Brandon Sanderson was cut off in traffic one day and immediately thought of the other driver, “You’re lucky I don’t have super powers because I would totally blow your car off the road.” That immediate thought horrified him; and he thought, “Its a good thing I don’t have superpowers.” Then he pondered, “What if the evil guys had all of the super powers?” That idea was the essence for his new Y.A. series, “Reckoning.”
Steeheart is a super-villain. He is one of many that received their power from a star called Calamity that appeared in the sky one day. Most thought the people that received these new found powers would use them for the benefit of mankind; wrong. With ultimate power comes ultimate corruption.
Steelheart has the strength of 10 men. He’s virtually indestructible, he can fly and when he’s enraged he can turn inanimate objects into steel. He exercised that particular power to transform most of Chicago and part of Lake Michigan before becoming the emperor of “Newcago.”
David Charleston was an eight year old boy when he saw Steelheart murder his father. Ten years has passed and David can think of only one thing; bringing Steelheart down. He is just a normal human and decides to recruit another group of humans, called “Reckoners” to help him. Reckoners study those like Steelheart, to learn their weaknesses.
This is a story that has been told many times, the struggle between good and evil, but this time Superman is not on our side; can good still win?
Its billed as a Y.A. book, and there is some romance that is usually associated with such genre, it does not, however, overwhelms the story; anyone that like Sci-Fi adventure should like this book. It is, after all, by Brandon Sanderson; and, by all indications it is the start of an epic tale.
It was a wonderful listen, one of the best i've had.
I enjoyed the characters and world, both different than what Sanderson has written of in the past
The main character's first interaction with "The Reckoners" was very enjoyable, introducing many of the characters we would eventually latch onto.
A bit long for one sitting, but lucky for me i was on vacation when i listened, so only took 2 sittings. Very engaging and, much like his other works, always keeping you thinking of what could happen around the next corner.
The narrator was very good, every word was clear and the voices were distinct and fit the characters well.
I did have a minor issue with the characters and their interactions, however; I haven't seen the author try his hand so much at humorous character flaws/interactions, and one such characteristic of the protagonist did grate on me after showing up a handful of times.
However, I still enjoyed the novel thoroughly.
Commodities broker, father, husband, and avid scifi/fantasy/self help fan.
Of all the scifi/fantasy audiobook genre to be found, one of my favorites is the superhero genre. Of course, it's nothing new - The greeks were all over this eons ago, and the story of Hercules is the penultimate hero, perhaps the culmination, of the genre' in its earliest era.
In this first of his "Reckoners" series, Brandon Sanderson has, as usual, moved into a fantastic departure from the typical. In this universe he's penned, the villains reign supreme, and the old adage "Ultimate power corrupts ultimately" is the norm. There are no superheroes, per se, as the various powers these unique individuals, or "epics," have acquired acquired so suddenly and completely have removed all moral boundaries and ethical limitations. The moral compass has been totally removed from the equation, and brutality rules supreme.
The epic in question, Steelheart, is a juggernaut that has little or no limits to his reign of terror. To him, the futile attempts of the government, rebels and even other epics to destroy him are not even a consideration. He is Hercules without conscience, and to him, we are afterthoughts, mere distractions compared his all-encompasing power and plans.
So, then, you ask, where is the story in all this?
This is a story of revenge, of desperation, of anger. It seems that this Hercules has an Achille's heel, a weakness that one ordinary man has quietly discovered, and is driven to both expose and deliver an end to this epic's reign of terror. This audiobook delivers plans within plans, a rich world with characters with varying motivations, and all at a strong pace, told by Sanderson in his always engaging and very entertaining writing. It's action from the very prologue through the ending of this first Reckoners novel. The narrator, Mr. Andrews, is strong, and worthy of the work.
Single words to describe this audiobook? How about: Engaging, Powerful, Entertaining to name a few?
For those of you who follow my reviews, look at my rating for this audiobook. It's HIGH, and it's EARNED it. It's quite rare for a novel to get this high of a rating from me - I'm BRUTAL in this regard, so when it DOES happen, you can be sure the work is well worth the listen.
And this audiobook is EXACTLY that.
If you enjoy Sanderson's body of writing, you're as excited as I am to see him dive head-first into this genre, and look forward with keen anticipation to the very next novel in the series.
Don't hesitate on this one - This is a "must buy" recommendation for your hard-earned Audible credit.
I'm the author of the book "Bronx DA" and an attorney.
Steelheart was off to a bit of a slow start for me, but I'm really glad I hung in there. I enjoyed the book a lot - it was very fun, a little campy and a great commuter-time escape. At the beginning, I felt the narration was a bit overdone - too cartoonish. If it had continued that way past the first chapter, I would have given up on it. But the book and the narrator quickly find their pace and the story picked up and kept moving along from start to finish. I like the way the author creates his own vocabulary for this future world, to keep a sense of otherness. The scenery and the people are also very well described. The book maintained a bit of a comic book atmosphere without overdoing it. Definitely a fun, light read and I will look forward to the next book in the series!
Epics rule the world
The interaction of characters and the character development
His personality and interpretation of the characters provide a full vibrant experience without destroying your personal imagination.
The plot reveal was done in a typical Sanderson fashion, foreshadowed but still powerful and unprdictable.
I didn't read the book yet, but I have no doubt the audiobook will always be in my head if I do.
I love the super hero/villain genre, going back to the earliest sci-fi offshoots of the 20th century. That being said, I was not prepared for this twist on what seemed like a predictable plot. Without spoiling the story, I was gripped by the human fragility of the protagonist, the stubborn commitment of the heros to their cause, and the whole sense that followed from beginning to end that I shouldn't expect a good ending but still found myself hoping one would arrive at any moment.There are elements woven into this series that a careful reader can recognize from philosophy and religion, hidden just enough not to distract but clear enough that it creates an intimacy of experience that makes me think of loftier genres and more acclaimed writers (to Sanderson's credit).
I tend to listen to audio books when traveling, and I often get several long doses in a row. This one, however, was something I listened to over a weekend because I could not bear to leave it alone.
As a general rule, I am almost never an early adopter of new stories. I started The Wheel of Time when it first came out, and vowed to not read any more after book 7 till the series was complete (a long wait, and my first introduction to Sanderson). Then I read The Beyonders without realizing that book 3 wasn't out yet, and I was so upset I had to wait for the last book I again vowed to never read a series until it was finished! After my family and friends told me how great Steelheart was, I decided to break my rule and check it out. I HAVE NO REGRETS, and I can't wait till I can get my hands on the next installment. I will add this - I will GLADLY listen to the first book again before I read the next. Its THAT good.
Another fantastic action fantasy thriller by a truly great writer. Although I haven't quite finished it yet I am even now looking forward to a followup to this book.
It moves right along and the characters are unique. It leaves you on edge wondering where it will go from Chapter to chapter to chapter.
Not sure if I have listened to Mr. Andrew's other readings but he does a fine job with this book. He is becoming another performer that I look forward to hearing from in more stories in the future.
Actually, because I am an invalid, I did want to listen to it in one sitting but then again I wanted to spread it out so I could enjoy it longer.
Highly recommend this book if you like exciting fantasy in a future that "could be" I am still waiting for the follow up to another Brandon Sanderson book The way of Kings which was another fantastic book and will be followed next month by Words of Radiance. Now will have to go back to The way of Kings to refresh my memory about this great book.. I am looking for a followup if one is to be of this book Steel Heart.
I've never read a book about super heroes. In a lot of ways I missed the entire comic book world and am only a fan from a distance. I enjoy the lore, the enthusiasm of the fans, and even enjoy when they bring those comic book characters to life in movies. But something about the book Steelheart from Brandon Sanderson drew me in. Not sure if it was the high praise many have given Sanderson on his recent novels, or the amazing cover for the book, but one thing is for sure I'm so glad I read Steelheart.
Steelheart is a book that flips the script on other super hero tales. Instead of the good guys being super heroes, its all the bad people in the world who are given powers while the rest of the world is left to fend for themselves. Steelheart is considered a young adult novel which is both its greatest strength and weakness. Strength because it makes for a lighter easier read that is instantly entertaining, and weakness because it does have Sanderson shying away from the grittier details of life under these super heroes rule. We get tastes but you get the sense that he is giving it to you in small bit size portions.
All in all though Steelheart is one of the most entertaining listens I've had in a long time and I cannot wait for the next one. Count me in Sanderson I've officially boarded the reckoners train.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
Enough story to keep me very interested and light enough for the hours to fly by.
I really liked this blend of real and fantasy.
The story is set in the real world and surrounded in fantasy, great job and I can't wait for the next in the series.
The story line in Steelheart was at once imaginative and believable. It was easy to accept the premises, even though there wasn't a plausible explanation for the Epics. It didn't matter because every chapter left you hanging on the edge of your seat.
The character of the Professor was developed slowly over the course of the book, making him complex, without being complicated or convoluted.
Steelheart is a good story that it is interesting, fun and satisfying.
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