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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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    This book was awesome. I literally couldn't turn it off and considering that I purchased it on a whim for a road trip hoping for something passable, I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised.

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    This is an epic story, as one would expect from Sanderson. This one just happens to be about epics (antiheroes) who have taken over the world. A very interesting take on the hero fad that has taken root in our culture. Where the heroes are villains, and in their own right captives of their own corruptive power, this story will definitely captivate you till the end. Some very interesting plot twist I did not see coming, a few I did (just not how I imagined) kept me riveted to the story till the end.
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    Very interesting take on a slightly more realistic kind of xmen.

    Some of the teen romance was clunky and annoying but most character interaction worked. I found myself constantly annoyed by the boy being madly in love with a cold and rude girl that treated him poorly.

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