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Steelheart | [Brandon Sanderson]

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.
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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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    Lincoln Florida 11-24-13
    Lincoln Florida 11-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "HUGE DISSAPOINTMENT"
    What would have made Steelheart better?

    I don't think anything. The immediate "superhero-comic" feel of the narration made me cringe.


    Has Steelheart turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am sad because I really enjoyed MOST of Brandon Sanderson's other books...this was such a stretch out of his norm...not for me at all.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Just a warning the narrator is very animated. I felt like he was reading a comic book to me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and cringe worthy narration.


    Any additional comments?

    thank goodness for the return option...I only made it through 30 minutes of the book and promptly removed it from my phone.

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    N.S. NYC 11-21-13
    N.S. NYC 11-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not as good as Mistborn"
    Any additional comments?

    I really like B. Sanderson but this book fell short for me. The characters and interactions weren't well fleshed out or compelling. The main character's internal monologue is very repetitive (constant bad similes). I get that he was trying to show his quirky side but it felt like too much.

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    C. Brown Columbus, OH USA 11-06-13
    C. Brown Columbus, OH USA 11-06-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A Good Ride!"

    This was a fun read. I am a sucker for a good superhero story, and it was interesting to see the supers flip roles and become the abusers and dominators. At the end, I still felt there were some loose ends not tied up, but still...I'd recommend it.

    The narrator did a fine job creating and sustaining voices for all the major characters. I was impressed. However, the project desperately needed a producer who was paying attention. Way too many occurrences of the narrator missing the plain meaning of the sentence. A producer should have been there to say, "Let's take that one again."

    All things considered, however, still a good ride!

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    Tracy Perry, Utah, United States 11-06-13
    Tracy Perry, Utah, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Can fiction be overly dramatic? Kinda..."
    What did you love best about Steelheart?

    Finishing it


    Would you recommend Steelheart to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but only certain friends who aren't too critical


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

    no


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

    ??


    Any additional comments?

    It's good but not great. kinda glad there isn't a book 2 ready yet. Hypocritical...I'd get the second book if it were available right now, but won't in a few months/years when it comes out.

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    Cody Midland, TX, United States 11-06-13
    Cody Midland, TX, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun easy listen"

    Good story telling, a few twists, nothing amazing - but enjoyed it!
    The ending seemed rushed.

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    Julius washington, DC, United States 10-28-13
    Julius washington, DC, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2002
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    "I wanted to like this book....."

    I also wanted to like the Airbender movie...I didn't though. This was better and much more cogent than than, but compared to his other works this story was a bit of a disappointment....just not at the level you expect from Brandon. Now if I was writing it....you could cut me some slack...but not so much.

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    Brendan Portland, ME, United States 10-25-13
    Brendan Portland, ME, United States 10-25-13

    Professional Disc Golfer from Maine. Fantasy/Epic/War History are the preferred genres.

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    "I Have Seen Steelheart Bleed! (help i'm an adult!)"

    Brandon Sanderson is admittedly either my favorite, or second favorite author, and I have read or listened to the vast majority of anything he has ever put into writing. With that being said, I can confidently say that this was his weakest effort thus far. The story was generally OK, nothing earth shattering or worth writing home about. The story was simplistic and more predictable than typical Snaderson and left a bit to be desired when the book ended. Now that's not to say that I won't purchase the next one - it's more a case that I am not really looking forward to or marking the next release on my calendar.

    Important to note in this review is that I am an adult reading a YA novel. I have read YA before, enjoyed it, and read even more. So I'm not writing a poor review of the book strictly because I can't comprehend the difference between adult and YA writing. The story was just lacking. I cared about few of the characters and less about the final conclusion of the book. I never at any point tried to sneak in some reading or listening when I had something else to do. I even started another book in the middle of this one, which is a are occurrence.

    The main character in the book is not really lovable. He is what I might call borderline whinny and also rather uneducated completely in the department of women. To the point of unbelievability. (

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    Alex CHICAGO, IL, United States 10-21-13
    Alex CHICAGO, IL, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Underwhelming Book by Sanderson"

    Like many others, I came to Sanderson from Wheel of Time (where he did an exceptional job finishing the series). I've listened to his mistborn series and his new epic fantasy, Way of Kings. Both are good (the latter is better). This book is simplistic, predictable (in a rather annoying way) and exceptionally derivative of his mistborn series. Small group of people fighting against a patriarchal, overpowered leader. The conversations, interactions, and goals are all so exceptionally similar to mistborn, I'd call plagiarism if it weren't his own work (that's a bit of hyperbole, but not much). Decent effort, but your time is better spent elsewhere.

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    Randy aurora, CO, USA 10-21-13
    Randy aurora, CO, USA 10-21-13 Member Since 2007
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    "X- Men of the future"
    What did you love best about Steelheart?

    I have read or listened to all of Brandon Sanderson's books. I find most of his stories distinctive and original. In this story though I felt it a futuristic xmen story line. There are creatures of distinct powers and they go about kicking the normal unfortunate humans around. Ones that are invisible, or fire-throwers ect. There is one or two supposedly invincible. The mutants of xmen kept crossing my mind. A bit disappointed of not being completely original as in his other works. Though in itself it's a good story and lead in to a possible series, I await more eagerly the continuing series of Brandon's other works.


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    Lindira California 10-20-13
    Lindira California 10-20-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "OK for Sanderson"

    I enjoyed this story for what it was, but in terms of a Brandon Sanderson book, I expected much more.

    This book read like a Mistborn FanFic set in an alternate reality with the Prof fulfilling the role of Kelsier, and the main character having a lot of similarities to Vin and with elements of Joel from the Rithmatist thrown in there.

    I don’t want to toss out a bunch of other cross-Sanderson novels, but none of the characters in Steelheart feel like entirely original people. Each one has Sanderson analogs in other books, or at best, can be considered a mishmash of Sanderson characters.

    I liked the Rithmatist a whole lot, and in an overarching sense, is a far better representation of a Sanderson young adult novel. Brandon Sanderson is very good at revealing plot twists and surprise character motivations, but in steelheart, I found myself not only being able to spot the twists, but even being able to be very specific with who a certain character was well before midway through the book.

    Again, I did enjoy the story as a well-paced, action packed, fun read, but for a Sanderson book, it misses the mark.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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