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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First off, Brandon Sanderson is my favorite author of all time. This series is perfect for working out or high paced activity. I found my adrenaline pumping during some portions of this book which means that the characters found a way to pull me into their dilemmas and make me feel anger, hope, and despair.
You know those people who can spend hours fighting over whether Spider-Man can take on Wolverine and how he might do it? Now picture that guy as the hero of a post-apocalyptic story where instead of superheroes, the world is run amok by super villains.
David's collection of knowledge about the epics of his world is like an avid comic book fan, which I found to be a fun protagonist to get behind. The story was very entertaining and fast paced, though the beginning hours were a little slow-going because of the necessary world building and explaining of the rules. The rules require a bit of "take them at face value" because they are often unexplained and just listed as "here is some data about superhero powers". But overall, I enjoyed it and am glad I picked up this book. If you enjoy a fun modern fantasy action-filled superhero story where the little guys face up to the big guys, it's a good read.
Sanderson brings to life another fantastic group of heroes this time the super kind. This novel is a nice break from the swords and magic fantasy he is famous for.
Brandon Sanderson has a gift for creating worlds and charaters that are captivating. I like the alternative take on heros and villans. The times when the story tyrns in a direction you don't want, because it doesn't subscribe to our preconceived notion of how to reach a happy ending, is none the less a reflection of reality. Life doesn't always work out the way it should, or like it does in the movies, but that doesn't mean that we don't end up happily ever after, it might just be different than we thought. The characters in this series echo similarities to characters in the Mistborn series. I am glad for this because I like the way that Sanderson develops the group, their relationships, and dynamics. I also really enjoyed MacLeod Andrews's narration SO much better than Michael Kramer's narration of the Mistborn series. This was very enjoyable and I look forward to the next in the series.
I already shared it with my sister using OneBook.
When Megan died, the performance was gut wrenching and very real. Kudos to MacLeod Andrews.
Again, Megan's death was very moving. But the book caught my attention straight from the start, when Steelheart attacks a bank in which the main character and his father are trying to get a loan. Lots of edge-of-the-seat tension in this book.
I love the quirk that Brandon Sanderson built into the main character, David. David loves using metaphors but can't quite seem to get them right. It is charming.
Decently narrated, and with Sanderson's deliberate, intricate plotting, but written at a low enough level that I can put it in the hands of my 7th graders. Note: does contain some graphic descriptions of violence and death. No explicit sexual content of profanity.
Note: the narrator can grate a bit. occasionally whiny.
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