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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I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (action sci-fi) - Steelheart is set sometime in the future. The main character is David, an 18-year-old who saw his father killed by Steelheart (an "Epic" with super powers) when he was only 10. He joins up with the "Reckoners" to fight for the good of humanity and, of course, to avenge his father's death. The beginning of the story is unusual and I thought it had the potential to be a very special book, but it soon turned into just another battle between good and evil. There are a few interesting character/plot twists that keep this story more interesting than many, but I eventually got bored with all the fighting and action scenes.
The Epics each possess different super-powers so the Reckoners must create innovative strategies to defeat them, and they utilize some pretty cool gadgets. There is some attempt at humor (which fell flat, in my opinion) and a bit of romance.
PERFORMANCE - Good job, but nothing remarkable.
OVERALL - (Actual rating 3.5) The story ends well and can stand alone, though I see it's Book 1 of a series. I don't plan to read the second book when it comes out, but I will definitely go see a movie if one is made. There is no sex or cursing, so I'd recommended for all listeners. I've rated it pretty low due to the fact I get bored with action and fighting pretty quickly. If you're an adrenaline addict, you would probably rate this book a 5.
Yes. In fact have already listened to it twice. The narration was excellent, the writing was exciting and suspenseful. I totally thought I had this book figured out and then there were a couple of twists at the end that were surprising. I've read Brandon Sanderson before and I really liked his science fiction, this is totally different, a different style, but excellent. I listen to a wide variety of audio books and this is the best I've heard in a long time. If your thinking about buying it, just do it. You won't regret it.
I liked it (I usually reads mysteries and science fiction)
My husband liked it (he usually reads biographies and science fiction)
My 3rd grade son liked it (he really likes the Rick Riodern, and the Harry Potter books). This book does have some violence in it but both my husband and I felt it was appropriate for my son. The content is on the same level as the Rick Riodern books.
Don't pass this book by because it is a Young Adult book. It is definitely a great read for adults.
We were listening to this in the car and my son kept asking me if we had anywhere else to go because he wanted to listen to the end.
First off I would like to say that I am a big fan of Mr. Sanderson. Other than the horrible final book of the Wheel of Time series he can do no wrong in my book. With that said...This book was AWESOME!! A bargain at twice the price! I am sure that we will be seeing a movie deal in the near future..it was that good.
This is a well written and well narrated book. Lots of action and and interesting characters. There's a good twist to the plot - one a reader might have questioned along the way but I'm not going to say anything else about it. Get this book and read it. You'll like it.
I could not put it down and I found myself going through this in what felt like no time at all. If you have read other books by Brandon Sanderson, Mistborn series,
Stormlight Archive series or his hand in the Wheel of Time series, finishing Robert Jordan's work you will notice a change in setting. This book is more Sci-Fi than Fantasy in that it takes place in a modern world with modern weapons and communications. In this modern world there is an event that takes place that empowers a segment of the population with extraordinary ability's, these people are known as Epics.
This was a great start to the series and is one of those books I am sure I will come back and re-listen to.
On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through
As my other reviews show, I am a fan of Brian Sanderson, and this book is another excellent first novel in another new series. Again, he succeeds in creating an intriguing world, likeable yet reasonably complex characters, and fast moving plotlines.
At the same time, Sanderson has certain tropes that he returns to over and over again, and this novel is no exception. Many of his stories involve outsiders looking to topple powerful god-like characters who do evil, set in intricately built and complex worlds. The slow reveal of the rules of the world and the background of minor characters are almost always critical to the plot, as is the gradual understanding of why the bad guys are so bad. This was true in Mistborn, it was true in Warbreaker, and it is true in Steelheart. Thus, while the novel sets up many mysteries, I was, perhaps, slightly less surprised by their outcomes then I would have been if I wasn't familiar with Sanderson's other works.
However, the fact that Sanderson sticks close to form is not much of a disadvantage, because he has creativity and writing talent to spare, creating the amazing (if grim) world of Newcago, and lots of interesting twists and turns in the plot. The reader is also very good, though some of his female characters and accents were a bit jarring.
Also, this is shorter than the typical Sanderson novel, and remarkably self-contained (though clearly much more is coming). I would recommend it to any current Sanderson fan, or anyone looking to try out the author for the first time.
So when you think of superheros what comes to mind? Most of us will probably think of people with super strength, psychic ability, flight, ect. Well this goes right on with those thoughts. This right from the beginning grabs you with its action scenes and you want to hold on until its end. Brandon Sanderson does not disappoint with this book. An amazing start to a series. I cannot wait until the next book is released.
One thing I dont like about the book is that some of the weaknesses are a little ridiculous but it doesnt take away from the story. Besides the super powers you get a story about a little boy that grows into himself to finally finds out what his father feels but he quite never understood. There is even a bit of love and heartbreak through in.
Overall an excellent book. The narrator does a great job with his voices to distinguish out the different characters. Definitely will be getting the rest of the series....hopefully just wont be too long of a wait.
I can sum up this book in one word and that's phenomenal! I flew through this and loved every single word. This book right here is why I love reading, it grabs you and takes you on a journey. It's rare that you find a book that will blow your mind and make you love reading all over again. This is such a book, its not just a book, it's a masterpiece!!
Life for David changed when he was a child. His father was murdered by an Epic and David has made it his lifes work to kill that Epic. The only thing is, the Epic who killed him is Steelheart, the epic of all epics, the seemingly untouchable and invincible Epic, but David has a secret, he is the only one left alive who has seen Steelheart bleed. He thinks he knows Steelhearts weakness and is hell bent on revenge. He wants to join the only group that will stand up for humanity, the Reckoners, and get their help. Can David hurt someone that is impervious to everything? How is he going to kill the unkillable?
I loved David. He is smart, kind, funny and brave. He has been studying Epics since his father was killed, he has documented all he knows about them and has made it his lifes work to get revenge. David is determined to try to rid the world of as many Epics as he can but his ultimate goal is Steelheart. I loved his character and wanted him to succeed! He was funny as well as brave! His interactions with the Reckoners was hilarious sometimes, especially with Megan, the newest Reckoners recruit. He bumbles a lot when around her and often puts his foot in his mouth. It's adorable!!
Megan was kickass. She is the newest Reckoner and gets stuck right into fights. She is aloof and mysterious but opens up a little for David. I loved reading their interactions!!
Then we have Prof, the leader and founder of the Reckoners. He has invented some technology to help fight the Epics and is the heart of the gang. He has the final say on targets and if David can join or not. He is brave and a smart leader.
I loved the world building in the book. Its such a unique and cool concept. The idea that the ALL the people who got the superpowers are evil was awesome. Usually you have a superhero who has the same, if not better powers come to the rescue, not so here. Everyone who got the power turned evil. It's up to the humans to fight back!
I also loved the powers that the Epics had. So many different ones and all used for nefarious purposes!!
Anyway, Steelheart was such an action packed, edge of your seat, breathless rollercoaster. So much happens but you cant see where it's going. There are so many twists and turns that it's impossible not to gasp at most of them. This book has it all, epic fights, heroes, super super villains, a touch of humour and plenty of breathless action. The pacing and flow were perfect and it never let up. I flew through the book and didn't want it to end. From it's amazing characters to its superb writing, Steelheart is a must read. It's a riveting, fun and enjoyable story. Brandon Sanderson is a master story teller and I highly highly recommend this book!!
I listened to the audio and I loved it. MacLeod Andrews is very talented and he really knows how to tell the story. He did an amazing David and Prof and I loved how we knew the different characters with his tone. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it and can not wait for book 2.
I could keep gushing about this but better wrap it up, it's such an amazing book and everyone should read it!! My favourite book by far in a long long time and if I had an Epic rating for an Epic book I'd give it that!! Brilliant.
I'm just a dumb troglodyte who like reading. Me feel good after I read book.
I have a fascination with the superhero/comic book genre, where I appreciate how superheroes represent the clear delineation of good versus evil. Traditional superheroes are unselfish humanitarians who possess a fatal flaw that can be exploited by an evil villain. By contrast, the villains are typically physically weaker than superheroes but possess a superior intellect that results in an obsession to achieve absolute power/control over others (see M. Night Shyamalan's film "Unbreakable" as a great example).
Given the long and rich history of the superhero genre, an author venturing into this field must bring something creative and unique to the story. Although Brandon Sanderson's "Steelheart" provides an entertaining story, it fails to offer a new perspective to the comic genre. Sanderson's story is faced paced and exciting, but his characters are paper thin relative to development. Steelheart is better suited for an adolescent male readership than a serious reader of fiction attempting to find a larger meaning about good/evil nestled in the novel.
Steelheart's ultimate failure is it lacks substance and depth. The characters quickly move from one action packed situation to another separated by brief interludes of group arguments over the best future course of action. I wish that Sanderson had slowed the pace of Steelheart to develop a storyline with greater context and stronger character background.
Steelheart's strength is the relentless pace of the action. Steelheart is never boring and the writing is crisp. Sanderson gives the reader dozens of close calls and exquisitely staged fight scenes. However, reading Steelheart is akin to going to a five star restaurant and getting a mediocre meal. You just expected more.
According to my rank order book rating system, I place Steelheart in the 45th position of the 73 books I have completed over the last two years. "Horns" by Joe Hill or "Enders Game" by Orson Scott Card are better and more original choices for this genre.
Intriguing. Action. Unexpected.
Its fabulous! I loved every moment!
Great book! I always have a difficult time getting into a book. This one had my attention right off. I didn't want to take my ear phones out...narrator did a great job and was enjoyable to listen to.
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