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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The ending was very good. I kinda saw it coming, but there are enough twists to keep me guessing, and by then you've become involved enough with the characters to care.
Maybe made the narrator, Knees, a bit less stupid, but he's just a kid, so who can blame him?
He was a good reader. I wouldn't change anything. Every character had a distinct voice, and he kept them consistent.
No extreme reaction, but the twist on the superhero genre was well thought out, and very interesting.
It sounds dumb in the beginning, like the new vocab was random, but give it time. I'd definitely go see it if it was a movie, and I've recommended it to anyone who's into comics.
I was riveted right from the beginning! I have enjoyed every book that Sanderson has written, and Steelheart definitely did not disappoint. Turn off the TV, close Facebook, and listen or read this book - you'll be glad you did.
I stumbled upon this book while in a hurry preparing to leave on a car trip. I was craving an audiobook and merely saw Brandon Sanderson's name. Knowing him as the acclaimed fantasy writer who completed the Wheel of Time series after Robert Jordan's death and the writer of many books I've enjoyed, I didn't need to know anything else about this book. I purchased it, told my kiddos they could play their devices because I was going to listen to a book as we travelled, and I began the book. I was hooked almost immediately as the listener was brought into a world where "Calamity" had appeared in the night sky and changed our world by bestowing special powers on select humans...humans who were then warped by that power. The story begins with a flashback from 8 year old David Charleston as he witnesses one of these empowered humans, an "epic", terrorize a bank in Chicago where he and his father were seeking a loan to buy a home. After tragedy, the story is picked up ten years later as David works to join The Reckoners, a group of capable humans who seek to remove the Epics.
What I didn't realize, though, was that my boys (age 10 and 14) were also hooked as early as the prologue. These hard to entertain children were no longer interested in their iPads and handheld game systems. They were enthralled by this audiobook...to the point where they didn't actually want to arrive at the beach, our destination. We all wanted to continue listening to the book. This audiobook became the highlight of our trip, and we listened to it whenever we were in the car and each evening after the day's activities. It warmed this mother and bibliophile's heart when the boys said this audiobook was their favorite part of our trip. It was only later after researching the book that I realized it was a young adult book. To me, it was just fantastic story telling. Macleod Andrews performs this book in such a way that you truly feel the main character is speaking to you. He captures the humor and personality of the characters, especially David, in such a way that you actually feel you are watching a movie in your mind. I highly recommend this audiobook and the entire series. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. And, if you know any tweens and teens, they would probably love it, too.
I enjoyed this book because of the narration and colorful descriptions, which were as clear as they need to be without burdensome details. The characters are believable, and the villains are as close to alien as can be and still be somehow understandable. I will get the next book.
I haven't bled through a series this quickly since my first read through of Tolkien's Magnum Opus
I'm Professor of Management with a background in anthropology. I read mostly science fiction, both classical and contemporary.
Very human sized in scope. Characters undeveloped but clear and distinct. Plot driven with lots of action. Story felt fresh, creative.
While I usually enjoy Brandon Sanderson novels this one was a huge disappointment. I'm not usually a fan of his teenage characters and David was especially annoying. The supporting characters weren't much better. I couldn't get into the slang of the world (Sparks! Calamity!) and David's metaphors, although intended to be funny, were just aggravating to hear constantly. This book just seems like so much wasted potential.
the story moved forward fantastically and the reader did an incredible job. if you're looking for a book to enjoy, this is a fantastic fantasy novel.
Pretty enjoyable book if you don't take it too seriously. Lighthearted, adventurous and intriguing are words that fit this book.
If you like this, be sure to try out the mistborn series and especially the stornlight archive, both also by Sanderson!
Kind of gruesome lots of killing, small amount of swearing. No sex scenes. Pretty good narration. I will get next story.
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