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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. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    HaloLove 06-15-15
    HaloLove 06-15-15 Member Since 2015

    🌺 Lover of Amazing Stories 🌺

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    "Great Sci-Fi Fantasy!"
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    There was so much action, a bit of mystery and a group of wonderful characters in this story. Never is there a dull moment. The scene when Prof rescues David and Megan was awesome! I wanted so much more of that scene!!! What a great start to this series.

    💖MacLeod Andrews💖Amazing as always!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tams (TTC Books and more) JUSTIN, TX, United States 03-08-15
    Tams (TTC Books and more) JUSTIN, TX, United States 03-08-15 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader, reviewer, blogger and budding author.

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    "Dystopian super hero series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. The world building was phenomenonal and the character development was realistic and intriguing.


    What other book might you compare Steelheart to and why?

    The Pawn series. Both are Dystopian with fantastical worlds and characters as well as some amazing writing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    At the end, in the stadium. Can't say more, don't want to give away any spoilers.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both! I laughed out loud sometimes at David's antics, how ensecure and unsure he was at the beginning. His relationship with a certain someone and how it played out made me tear up a bit at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolute power corrupts, absolutely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Candy 03-04-15
    Candy 03-04-15
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    "Love Brandon Sanderson, but not this one."

    I love everything Brandon Sanderson has written, from Elantris to Misborn to his Wheel of Time contributions. I just could not like this book. The story seemed simplistic, the characters one dimensional and most of all the violence was excessive and off-putting. In addition, I found the characters' almost worshipful attitudes towards their guns to be offensive. The idea that a book targeted at teens spends pages describing young people's attachments to their weapons as if they were their best friends seems very unhealthy to me. The fact that these are (or very similar to) currently available rifles and handguns makes this different than is usually the case in the fantasy genre. Having romance flourish around a discussion of which handguns work most accurately or whether handguns or rifles are better weapons disgusted me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Saud 02-01-15
    Saud 02-01-15

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "A bold story"

    This is the type of story that sneaks up on you. I absolutely love the way the author portrays the villains in the story, and all the clever situations the story takes you through. The narrator is top notch, channeling emotions into the scenes and giving each character a voice. From the prologue, a terrible thing happens and the narrator's voice cracks while he describes it, making it feel more real.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 01-30-15
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 01-30-15 Member Since 2012

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Well written and engaging fun for all"

    I wavered between 4 and 5 stars. While I was in the middle of it I enjoyed the book. It had interesting characters, a good story and a nice mix of development and action, but it never really grabbed me and I had it all figured out. Then the last 10% turned everything on its head. Everything I thought I had figured out I was wrong and the story came to a great crescendo forcing my hand into 5.

    Mr. Andrew’s narration is great! He does a great job of differentiating the characters and bringing them to life, and his voice of David really makes you feel his youth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Soroko 01-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing"

    Not sure what I expected, but it was a boring tale, repetitive, somewhat predictable too. Do not waste your money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Conway, AR, United States 09-15-14
    Chris Conway, AR, United States 09-15-14
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    "Power corrupts! Epic story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. easy, fun listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Death Point. Grabbed my attention at first.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Great job.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Sanderson is one of my favorites

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. J. Monts 09-05-14
    R. J. Monts 09-05-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "Eagerly Anticipating the Next Installment"

    This book hit all the right notes for me.

    1. The world has rules that are internally consistent, easy to understand, and has a level of depth that makes surprises possible.

    2. The tone of the book is wonderful. It has the right amount of humor and drama mixed in at the right times. There are dark moments and light moments but these moments are intermixed and are not exclusive. There is a cynical humor or sober hope that spoke to directly to my particular tastes as a reader/listener.

    3. The pacing is on the money. It is not a constant thrill ride of excitement that never gives you time to breath and enjoy the characters, setting, and tone. But it is also not a plodding mystery with miserly reveals. It struck just the right balance for me. That's a largely subjective metric, but it worked for me.

    4. The highest praise I think you can give a series is continued patronage. And I will make sure to pre-order or purchase on opening day the next in this series.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Fletch Planet Houston 08-31-14
    Fletch Planet Houston 08-31-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Action Packed, Intriguing Plot"
    Where does Steelheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10. Its a bit short so I'm sad it didn't get as much bang for my buck but the story was worth it.


    What other book might you compare Steelheart to and why?

    Not sure. Its like a comic book gone wrong. I don't read comics and just watch the endless stream of movies out of Hollywood. If anything, I kept visualizing this as a Marvel or DC film.


    Which character – as performed by Macleod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Cody. I'm an American sucker for other accents.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    What if all super heroes were villains?


    Any additional comments?

    I have this 4 instead of 5 stars due to the swearing. Just seemed like a bizzare attempt to replace the usual F&S bombs with something more PG-13.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley 08-28-14
    Ashley 08-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "didn't think i would like but loved it"
    What did you love best about Steelheart?

    i didn't think i would like the story but a friend told me to try it and i loved listening to it. i did love the voice overs by the reader he kinda uses the same voice for some people but other wise loved the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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