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.
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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.
It takes great skill to keep a story this fast-paced from beginning to end and still develop solid, dynamic characters. The plot twists were solidly built but still managed to be surprising. The author also managed to build a solid alternate world and make its illogic work by simply acknowledging it. I won't summarize the plot. Suffice it to say it's a fantastic, unique action/sci-fi/thriller that's very accessible.
Great work from first word to last word.
My only disappointment: I got through it too fast. But that's on me--I listened at every opportunity, and even made some opportunities to listen. I don't do that with most audiobooks.
The reading was also outstanding, with each character getting distincting voices and a solid narrative.
I will definitely be checking out the rest Brandon Sanderson's works.
One of the best audiobooks I have listened to. Clear character development and delivery of character roles made for a fun and energetic experience. I have listened to the story several times already.
Most memorable to me was the point that Megan is revealed. Caught me completely by surprise.
There is a depth of character and personality projected by McLeod that you wouldn't get by simply reading the book.
I liked the book so well I have recommended it to several friends. I recommend for all.
Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work
This was a wonderful story. The lead character is hilarious when he is not serious. The reader does a wonderful job portraying the many personalities. It was a pleasure to listen to it. Great Story.
Yes. In fact have already listened to it twice. The narration was excellent, the writing was exciting and suspenseful. I totally thought I had this book figured out and then there were a couple of twists at the end that were surprising. I've read Brandon Sanderson before and I really liked his science fiction, this is totally different, a different style, but excellent. I listen to a wide variety of audio books and this is the best I've heard in a long time. If your thinking about buying it, just do it. You won't regret it.
I liked it (I usually reads mysteries and science fiction)
My husband liked it (he usually reads biographies and science fiction)
My 3rd grade son liked it (he really likes the Rick Riodern, and the Harry Potter books). This book does have some violence in it but both my husband and I felt it was appropriate for my son. The content is on the same level as the Rick Riodern books.
Don't pass this book by because it is a Young Adult book. It is definitely a great read for adults.
We were listening to this in the car and my son kept asking me if we had anywhere else to go because he wanted to listen to the end.
I'm continually amazed at the creativity and quality of Sanderson's books! I love his characters and the worlds he creates. It's enjoyable as well as intelligent and not completely predictable (as so many books out there are). Well done!
I've been a fan of superheroes and comics since I was a kid - I'm in my 40's now so it's been a while since then. I've read a lot of superhero and/or comic book type books in my day, not one of which I enjoyed half as much as this one. Sanderson knocked this out of the park with a fascinating twist on the genre. I honestly did not see where he was going with this. I love this book... The narration is great, the story is great... I *really* want more books in this series. Kudos, Brandon Sanderson. This is a fantastic work of art.
This book was a bit long on world building but it was needed to understand this great adventure!All I can say is WOW. Another must read for Sanderson fans! One of the top 20 Fiction books of 2013!
Below is my review of the story, which I recommend strongly. First let me speak to the narration -- this is a strong reading and I found the narrator was overall a great fit. There is one challenge of the American South + Scottish character but the voices are distinct and clear and nicely arranged around the point-of-view character of David.
Sanderson’s Steelheart introduces us into a world where, after a mysterious light appears in the sky, a few people emerge with super-powers. However, with these super-powers comes incredible anger and greed, and the “Epics” as they are called become tyrannical rulers of near-future earth.
In Chicago, now called Newcago and whose streets have been turned to steel by the power of its Epic lord Steelheart, we find young David, who as a child witnessed Steelheart’s rise to take control of Newcago. Now, David watches and learns the powers and the weaknesses of the Epics, hoping to take them on directly. He’s not alone, the Reckoners are a team of others who also work to overcome the incredible powers and corruption of the Epics.
Overall the story moves fast and remains fascinating as David learns secrets of the Epics and of the Reckoners and battles Epics directly and indirectly. Two pieces felt slow to me -- there is a ton of detail around each gun and weapon available to mere mortals. While the detail adds authenticity, it feels like people are talking a heckuva lot about gun mechanics all the time. There’s also a philosophical debate regarding how to deal with the Epics -- makes for interesting discussion but felt like it bogged down in repetition.
Like other Sanderson novels, there’s a lot of buildup and sudden overdrive in speed, tension, and twists at the very end, where many pieces come together and we have a satisfying conclusion. This payoff works well here, and I enjoyed every second of the endgame, and can’t wait for the sequels, which will no doubt explore more about the Epics and their mysterious powers.
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