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Steelheart | [Brandon Sanderson]

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.
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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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    John Bradenton, FL, United States 10-15-13
    John Bradenton, FL, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "First Sci-Fi Book Read for Me"
    Where does Steelheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Steelheart is an incredible story and the narrator did an awesome job. I love crime stories, and this was my first sci-fi book. I found it impossible to stop listening to once the meat of the story was unveiled.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Cody. He is not the main character, but the author did a bang up job of making him seem like a real funny guy who just wants to live his life. He does not care about opinions. David, the main character, was also well created. His character was very detailed. He was unintentionally goofy with his metaphors, but he had true passion for what he was doing.


    Have you listened to any of Macleod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first Macleod Andrew performance.


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

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    Great read for all! I am a guy in his 30's...good book for my genre.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Adams, NE, United States 10-15-13
    Daniel Adams, NE, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the best books I've listened to all year."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a great listen and a fresh theme.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

    When David realized Proph. was an Icon and using his powers made him a an almost evil person.


    Have you listened to any of Macleod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO BUT I PLAN TO.


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

    When David and Megan were parting in the stadium.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked that along with what would men do with God like powers? Also where do we go from here after some of the normal has been restored.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 10-15-13
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Scholar!! 1000 hours in 1 yr 7 mo and 10 days!!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "Can't wait for the second book!!"

    Brandon Sanderson is the man!! Another great series I'm hooked. You have the Epics super human with super powers and then theirs everybody else,like little David. He watched Steelhart kill his father,now grown up and ready for revenge. David has found help with the Reckoneers. They have the team David has all the answers!! David has studied and studied the Epics he knows their weakness and every Epic has one now he has to go through with the plan.Who can David trust?Must read!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Addicted to Amazon Austin, TX 10-14-13
    Addicted to Amazon Austin, TX 10-14-13 Member Since 2005

    Gavriel

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    "What if the average guy had the powers"


    Steelheart is a book about an "event" that give certain humans super human like powers. However, these characters use their power to dominate in a "absolute power corrupts absolutely" type way. This is designed for young adults as almost all "comic books" with superheros are designed for young adults. I almost let that turn me away, don't let it turn you away, it would be a mistake.
    This book is a different take on the superhero because the guys with the powers are the villains, and the average guy has to be the hero.


    That being said, I will do my usual 2 good things 2 bad things and final summary.


    The two negatives, this is actually hard because it is a well written, not your average good guy vs bad guy book.

    - More details…I wish he had gone into more details at different parts of the book. I wish he had developed out some of his points so they were not justified by the fact that he said something just was. For his more original points he had let us in on the back story more. (Some people criticize his story line as too far out there, come on, its super heroes and scifi. I just preferred if he would have given some of the more scifi things a back story.)

    - It is a series and it makes you want to pick up the next one to answer the question, "What do they do now???"


    The positives

    - The action keeps the reader involved. There are twists and turns as expected in an action adventure with comic book superheroes in it.

    - The twists that keep you guessing. You think the ending is predictable until you get to the end. I won't turn this into a spoiler but you will be surprised with the ending. It is not what you will expect. There are a few reviews out there that state that the ending is predictable, I doubt the authenticity of the reviewers, I think they may be overstating their intuition about the ending.

    Overall, if you like comic book type action heroes, this book will provide hours of entertaining reading. It also provides for some deeper questions about power, about the right to rule over others (i.e. slavery), about the rights of those who rule over others (does a king have an obligation to provide and provide what for his subjects, etc). Maybe I am too nerdy and the author does not intend these things to included but I thought about them as the book progressed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew ALLEN, TX, United States 10-14-13
    Andrew ALLEN, TX, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "More please."

    The only complaint I have about this book is that the author is on tour promoting it when he should be working on the next one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    R. Lewis Florida, USA 10-14-13
    R. Lewis Florida, USA 10-14-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Potentially great idea turns into teenage schlock."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure that this is a valid question. Any book one reads qualifies as time well spent even if the book is poorly written. That is not to say that Brandon Sanderson is a poor writer. I thoroughly enjoyed the Mistborn books, and clearly, he is an excellent writer. This time, I get the feeling that Brandon was looking for a new audience instead of just telling a tale.


    Has Steelheart turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Again, the question is a little too broad to be relevant. If by genre, you mean Science Fiction, then the answer is no. If you narrow the meaning to young adult, possibly. If Steelheart is representative of YA fiction, then I will be much more selective in the future. However, I have read other YA fiction, the Percy Jackson series for example, that manage to keep my interest. Perhaps I was disappointed that such an intriguing story line was cheapened by adolescent humor, teenage angst, and clever quips, that, for me, were distractions and did nothing to further the story or the character.


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

    Mr. Andrews has a squeaky, nerdy tone that fits perfectly with the main character. He is also very good at changing the character of his voice to fit other characters. In all, I think he was an excellent narrator.


    Do you think Steelheart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There appears little doubt that Mr. Sanderson intends to make this a series. If you liked this book, you'll probably enjoy the sequels too.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't really understand why other reviewers gushed about this book. I loved the concept, and it should have been an incredible tale. It has all the right elements. However, there is a disconnect between the protagonist's constant light hearted banter and the serious nature of his obsessive quest to destroy the super-being who murdered his father. It just didn't work for me. It was so bad that I'll crawl out on a limb and suggest that Sanderson initially had a great idea for a story, but used the "young adult" device in an attempt to capitalize on the success of the Percy Jackson series. It was so obvious that the entire story was tainted by thoughts of Percy Jackson looming in the back of my mind. The protagonist is nothing more than Percy's clone placed in a post-apocalyptic setting where the Gods have been replaced by evil super-humans. After reading the Mistborn series, I was excited to see something new by Sanderson, which only made my disappointment keener.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 10-13-13
    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 10-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Good for teenagers"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would say that 70% of my time listening to this book kept my interest. The other 30% my brain didn't care about the story.


    Has Steelheart turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    He did the voices well. He wasn't monotone


    Do you think Steelheart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think teenagers may want a follow up. I wouldn't read the next book


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Kline Columbia MO 10-13-13
    Jeffrey Kline Columbia MO 10-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A Fantastic Twist on an old Idea"

    I love Brandon Sanderson's work, and I looked forward to Steelheart. As usual he did not disappoint. Steelheart is fast paced, exciting, and has a tightly woven storyline. The world building is fantastic, creating an underlying set of rules for super powers that drive the story in a logical manner and never bog the story down.

    The characters in this story were well developed with depth and soul. His well crafted story line allowed the reader/listener to develop an understanding of the characters as the story progressed in a natural and exciting way.

    I am now desperately waiting for the net book in the series and will chomp at the bit until it is released, which cannot be soon enough.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    WILLIAM Hope Mills, NC, United States 10-13-13
    WILLIAM Hope Mills, NC, United States 10-13-13 Member Since 2010

    Just a Normal Guy

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    "Awesome start to a new series"
    What made the experience of listening to Steelheart the most enjoyable?

    The little details that flesh out the characters are great. Things like David having trouble with metaphor make you really care about the people.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm just annoyed now I have to wait for the author to write another book in this series so I can continue with the story! Hurry up!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathanb Miami, FL, United States 10-12-13
    Jonathanb Miami, FL, United States 10-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book"

    I don't write many reviews but this book was so good I had to review it. I had never read anything by Brandon Sanderson before but I picked up the five free chapters and I was hooked. The pace of the story is great, the story itself is fantastic. although some of the concepts are new, it doesn't take you long to get into the world that is portrayed. There is just enough humour to keep the story flowing. The narrator also did a superb job voicing the story, he point of view of an 18 year old was very believable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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