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 listen to books for several reasons: to stay awake during late night commute, to learn something new, to experience good writing skill or to understand and to know a unique time, place or person. This book is a tired story with nothing new to add. I quit after the first wasted 90 minutes. Too many good books, too little time. The performance is good.
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
When I saw the raving reviews about this one I thought I might give it a try.
Do I regret it? Maybe because I could have used this credit on a different book.
This is a Sci-fi YA work. This was a good book. Enjoyable, but not great. There is some suspense, and a boy crush along the way, but it all could have been better developed. I think the author intended to add a cliffhanger at the end, but he just let space for a book 2... disappointing because I was waiting for something to make me eager to read the next one, and I kept waiting for something that could open my jaw, but nothing did. I might read a book 2 from this series, but I won't go running anxious toward it. I recommend it, but not highly.
Gearing for an audience older than 12.
If I had to edit this book I'd cut my throat.
I feel like a dope for paying for this. Silly stuff.
I enjoyed the book. It has good action scenes, interesting themes and decent characters. I think I just thought a lot of the action seemed arbitrary and did little to further the plot. About 1/2 way through I was just wishing the story would move to the final confrontation, but I knew I'd have to listen to several more encounters with the bad guys to get there. It just seemed like filler. The powers and weaknesses of the epics seem arbitrary as well and didn't ring true.
In fact one of the epic's powers is to create shadows and turn incorporeal. His weakness is UV light so he keeps the city encased in perpetual darkness so they never see the sun. But the sun destroys his shadows so how is he keeping the city dark? And why can they still see Calamity if they can't see the sun? The inconsistency makes it seem illogical, like the powers weren't thought out but just thought of to fill in what was required or what popped into the author's mind.
The narrator certainly made the novel engaging, especially the voice accents used to make the dialogue funny for certain characters. The female voices sounded the same in some areas, but the male voices were distinct for the most part. I don't know that I would have enjoyed the book as much if I read the print version.
The story was a bit slow as background information and character development was provided in the beginning. The end of the book was satisfying even though it seems to be a first in a series.
Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)
I'll admit it, I'm a grown man and I still like comic books. I don't have a "collection" per se, I just really like the art and the inventiveness of the storylines. So, I thought this was a very cool re-imagining of the whole super-being concept (and it is). I also really really like Brandon Sanderson's writing and have read all of his previous books.
Why did I give the "Story" three stars then? It's hard to pinpoint exactly, but I really thought it could have been better. One aspect is the information that is withheld until near the end of the book answered some of the questions that bugged me through the whole thing and I thought the author was just trying to be a little too cute by withholding some of these things. It's also very very hard to pull sci-fi/fantasy into the real world in a successful way. When you build a completely new world, you can suspend all disbelief, but when your book opens in a bank lobby in Chicago, my mind starts putting me in those places and thinking about what I would do.
I also have a hard time believing that completely normal people would stand any kind of a chance against someone with more powers than superman or that superman would need any kind of an armed military. Also, if someone like superman could rule Chicago, why would they stop there? Do ego-maniacs ever have enough?
So, see, maybe it's just my geek brain getting in my own way. I would probably like it even more if I listened to it again, knowing what I know now, and making an active effort to suspend disbelief.
This book is clearly laying groundwork for what I hope will be an epic series. Yes, I will certainly listen to the next book, it's Brandon Sanderson for crying out loud! I promise to be a better listener next time around :)
The narration was very good!
The characters were well done and complex. There was plenty of action and interaction. This is a very inspired concept!
I favor history, non-fiction, lectures, and the occasional purely fictitious work. I also listen to many children's books with my family.
First let me say that a three start book for me is pretty solid and four and five stars for me are reserved for my favorites or those books I will likely return to (possibly repeatedly). Secondly, the narration is perfectly good - but doesn't fall into the five star area for me either - with a half-point scale I would have gone 3.5. Finally - my overall reflects the slight failure of the book to live up to the story/premise in it's actual implementation (the writing) - I wish I could give it a 3.5 as I think 3 comes across as slightly harsh - but I ended up liking but not *really* liking it.
I don't think the below spoils anything - and the plot has been documented elsewhere - so on with some pure opinion:
I should have *loved* this book. The premise is right up my alley - Super-humans have run amok and basically rule the Earth and have territorial battles etc. Mere mortals are left as, basically, serfs in these different 'Epic's' territories. People, as we know, don't tend to love to be treated in such a fashion - so there are some who rise up. Neat setup - love it. The problem I have is the quality of the dialogue and, to a lesser extent, the prose itself.
Anyway - I burned through the book on 3x speed and enjoyed it. It is what we call a 'vacation book' here in my house - it's not meaty, just for fun and entertainment and I think it accomplishes that pretty well.
Thanks - hope this helps,
maybe but not as a must read
made this something more than just a chase, shoot and run book
no I haven't.
No . No real development of characters. A lot of action and chasing but no real engaging story.
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