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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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    nick Jacksonville, Florida, United States 12-09-14
    nick Jacksonville, Florida, United States 12-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Predictable bad guys versus good guys teen story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was an enjoyable shorter story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was a clever.


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

    He nails his accents, voice of an adolescent man, and women alike. He did absolutely fabulous.


    Was Steelheart worth the listening time?

    Yes, it was a pleasant story, but far too juvenile and predictable for me. There is no cussing, no sexual themes, just some minor violence. I think a less cliche plot would have helped greatly. I love Sanderson's books, but this was just a "safe" choice.


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    Mike T. Sweden 12-09-14
    Mike T. Sweden 12-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Sparks!"

    Great fun and inventive use of "evil superphero powers" terrorizing the world. Top notch narration. But i simply have to deduct a point for the incessant use of the three invented expletives (you'll know them, trust me), as well as the overuse of the "bad metaphor" gimmicky joke. Overall though, a well spent credit. And the end is, ah well...epic.

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    David West Lafayette, IN, United States 12-08-14
    David West Lafayette, IN, United States 12-08-14 Member Since 2014

    Just a guy that likes a good story.

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    "Wow, how great are bad "Supers""
    If you could sum up Steelheart in three words, what would they be?

    Great Twisting Genre-breaking


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

    The Grav Cycle


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Elevator shaft.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The world starts and Ends with a Calamity


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story. Now I'm not going to say that I didn't "see through" the "mysteries" because they are somewhat contrived but this is just one really great take on supers. I mean how bad would things be if supers were all just super villains and everyone else got the shaft. That is what this book is, a completely different view. I am huge fan of the superhero genre and at first I was skeptical but this blew me away. I picked this up mainly because of the authors credibility and let me just say, he did not disappoint. Can't wait for the next one!

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    Paulie Weston 12-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Epic mind-bending book"
    Where does Steelheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this is an awesome book it is ranked number 1 in my library of audiobooks


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

    the final battle with Steelheart


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

    yes I have and this is one of his best performances that I've listened to so far


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    the book kept me on the edge of my seat all the way to the end


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    Christopher P. Murphy 12-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Big fan of Sanderson but not this one"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It feels like a child's book. I like young adult stuff but this just uninteresting. I couldn't get into the universe he created. It feels unoriginal and overdone. It's like knockoff marvel comic book made into a book. I have no desire to read the rest of the series, which is too bad because I love the rest of his work.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not my favorite, but actually fit the tone of the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not really


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    Loves to shop amazon Northern, ca 12-05-14
    Loves to shop amazon Northern, ca 12-05-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Good story super irritating dialogue..."

    The story itself is good enough, the narration is actually very good on this audiobook. However, the dialogue was so annoying. The author kept using make up swear words which were not only non authentic in their use, but used over and over again. It would be like someone using the f word over and over for no apparent reason. It was odd. It really got on my nerves as I was trying to listen..

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    Ash6573 12-03-14
    Ash6573 12-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved It!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audio book to friend. I didn't want to turn it off. The story was compelling from the prologue and it felt like a new twist on the hero story. I loved the idea that while every Epic is granted a power or possibly two they are also given a weakness and that they can still be killed by regular people. I am anxiously awaiting the next book and am seeking out other Brandon Sanderson novels.


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    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 11-23-14
    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 11-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome, outrageous metaphors!"
    What did you love best about Steelheart?

    I assumed this was a teen novel, but found far more depth and solidity than I expected. I watched Liam Neeson in Non-Stop more than halfway into this book, and found this story just as exciting and plot-twisting. The main character is quick-thinking, introspective, and clever, but can't make decent metaphors to express himself. The ones he tries are hilarious, and he continues to attempt to remember the good ones others make. He is a nerd, but a fighter; a young man, but a mature soul, still with room to grow. The moral of the story is not trite or cliche; it ended and I said, "Awesome. That was awesome!"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cody was my favorite character. He is the accent-spouting, ancestry-claiming, mythical-creature-believing seeming fool who is the solid gun who's got your back. I would trust him with my life, but maybe not my credulity.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    All his voices were believable, from the still-teenaged young man to the females, to the accented characters to the god-like Epics. I noticed no misreadings, no wrong emphases, no mistaken voices. I am very picky about my readers and put up with a lot; here I am impressed. MacLeod Andrews is now on my "favorites" list.


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

    There were several dying-father scenes that could have been sicky-sweet but were well-done. I did tear up because a child losing a father twice (metaphorically) is very wrenching, but none of it was overplayed.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book for you if you like good vs evil, overcoming the demons within ourselves, self-evaluation, the struggle between power and corruption, love overcoming hate, and a little of Marvel comics. Oh, and metaphors.

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    Christopher Houston, TX, United States 11-22-14
    Christopher Houston, TX, United States 11-22-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A good read...."
    What did you like best about Steelheart? What did you like least?

    This caught my attention because it switched up the paradigm of hero's with super powers. I have read the follow up books and I want more information about the cause of the powers.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a quirky book. I liked it, but I'd like further explanation of the storyline. Not killing off the dictator super powers, but where the powers came from and why? And why is almost everyone evil who has them?

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    Lisa Elgin, IL, United States 11-20-14
    Lisa Elgin, IL, United States 11-20-14

    High School teacher and audiophile...I listen to no fewer than four books a week. It is my escape. I listen for information, entertainment and sometimes just brain candy, so my audio library is eclectic. I offer no profound literary analysis, but I can tell you if a book is fun to listen to!

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    "Some of the best bad metaphors ever written."

    A good YA story about what it means to be a hero, and how that title might not mean what you think it does. David is a young man with a painful past who learns to work the system of a tyrannical government all while gathering the tools he will need to help bring about change. Then finding out that the devil you know might be better than the devil you don't. The dialogue is well done, the story is interesting and I couldn't think of a better way to teach a young person about effective metaphors. David routinely makes the very worst!
    The narration is very well done and this is an enjoyable listen. Especially if you're not to strongly wed to the laws of physics.

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