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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Yes, but only certain friends who aren't too critical
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.
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.
Professional Disc Golfer from Maine. Fantasy/Epic/War History are the preferred genres.
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. (
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.
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.
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.
I guess I should start this review by saying that I am a huge Brandon Sanderson fan. I should also say I am not really a big fan of comic books or super hero books. Not a huge super hero movie fan either. I know that may be crazy to some fantasy fans, but I haven't had an interest in comics since I was a kid.
With that said, I was initially excited when I heard Mr. Sanderson was releasing a new YA book after I had just finished a very enjoyable book in The Rithamist. So when I started to read the reviews describing this book as Sanderson's attempt at writing a super hero book, I was skeptical I would like it. As I began the book, my fears began to become reality as I initially felt the super heros, or more super villans, were a bit cheesy. Bad guys who killed people by pointing, shoot guns without running out of bullets, or turn everything they see into steel, was a little too young adult for me.
I pressed on through the book though because of my love of Brandon Sanderson's work, and because despite not caring for the concept of the book, the central character of the book David began to grow on me. Narrator Macleod Andrews does an excellent job of performing the voice of David from which the story is told first person. As the book went along, I began to stop thinking about the concept of the book, and began to enjoy my listen.
Overall, even though I had a difficult time initially getting into this book, the combination of Macleod Andrews' reading and Brandon Sanderson's always excellent story telling had me enjoying this book whether I wanted to or not.
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It's always engaging to listen to stories about humanity and power. Every author has a different perspective with unique characters and awesome abilities. They're old stories that never really get old.
Where: I listed to this back and forth from work.
Summary (no spoilers): The world has been transformed by people who have superpowers. However, all of them are evil. They oppress regular people. Only some people fight back. David (the main POV) works to bring down the most powerful 'epics.'
Pros: Very original ideas and content. Primarily for Young Adult. Quick progression through the story with unique action sequences. Twists to the plot keep things interesting. There are good morals through the story that prompt some introspection.
Cons: The Protagonist can seem 'cartoon-y' at times, although it keeps him human (which is the point). The romance is a little... disruptive.
Overall - This was a fun, original, entertaining listen with twists.
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