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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Steelheart has a rather original premise and although I found myself rooting for the premise to be blown out of the water for some good old fashion superpower melee/ neo realizing he is the one awesomeness, I am glad he didn't.
Abraham was a fantastic comic relief brought to life.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
As a superhero fan who is long-jaded with the lack of creativity and heart in the industry these days, I'm always on the lookout to find stories in this genre that will serve either to inspire me or to push the boundaries so far as to break them. I've read several such novels and graphic novels that fit the bill. If you're familiar with V for Vendetta, Watchmen, Kingdom Come, or Soon I Will Be Invincible, then you know instantly the kind of breakthrough story I'm looking for.
Let me just say it outright: Steelheart belongs in that pantheon of greatness. This story begins as a nightmare scenario in which the superhumans, or Epics, have taken over the world and destroyed life as we know it, and they are unopposed by heroes of their own caliber. What Brandon Sanderson has done with this is to give the reader hope where there is none, in the form of an 18 year old who seeks revenge for his father's murder. His father is one who believed that a hero would rise, and that message haunts our protagonist just enough to add a level of humanity to this story. The genius is that the hope to be found here is completely up to the reader. Just because the reminders are there, it doesn't mean the reader is hit over the head with it. This is literally one of those stories where what you get out of it is what you allow yourself to take with you. And without spoiling it, the ending is the kind of thing that will stay with you long after you finish. For those of you out there who know superhero formula, this story abides by it and uses the classics in new and slightly unexpected ways. The pacing is quick; the name of the game is action as much as it is world-building.
The weaknesses of this book are the use of slang created for this story and the overuse of really bad metaphors. Neither of these points are enough to reduce the overall rating because the novel is just that solid in my eyes. Bonus points for the time-honored tradition of naming streets and shops after writers, artists, and actors who've had an impact on the superhero world.
This is billed as the first of a series, and I hope that's true, providing Sanderson keeps his A-level storytelling in place. There's much more to do in the process of saving the world, and it requires a writer like this to tell it.
One of the top 3 books I've read in the past 6 months. If you like Hunger Games, Ender's Game, Divergent Series, Vampire Academy, etc. then you'll like this book. It's a fresh take on super powers and abilities.
A little twist on the usual sci-fi/fantasy type book.
No but I'll be checking out the others afer reading this one.
Book presents original idea about super powered humans, wrapped in immersing action. With all the incarnations of super heroes in movies, comics, books, games, etc. idea about benevolent super-powered guardians of humanity is deeply rooted in our society. But as history has demonstrated again and again, when people crave for ultimate power to be concentrated in hands of few individuals or groups in order to protect them, it always ends with people being oppressed and enslaved. That is what happens in the world of Steelheart as well, and the story takes up from that to the exciting adventure.
I do like the concept. Super-powered humans start appearing and the strongest ones take over cities. There is at least some degree of originality there. Seems like it could be an interesting take on the super-hero genre. The problem is that, from what I've gathered from this book, Brandon Sanderson is not a very good writer. I've never read one of his books before, but this is not a very strong first impression. The cliches are here en masse. So many times I knew exactly how a character would respond to a line of dialogue before it was said. "Nerd." "I'm not a nerd!" The "nerdy" main character, who is unyieldingly determined to avenge his father. The breathtakingly gorgeous girl on the rebel squad he joins that just happens to be about his age. Gee, I wonder if they're going to fall in love by the end of the book! These futuristic characters use the word "sparks" in place of any and all curse words. Then there's the big twist at the climax of the book that, if you're paying any attention at all, you'll see coming a mile away. Additionally, the names given to people and places in this book are often just embarrassing. It takes place in what used to be Chicago... what should we call this new Chicago? Oh, I've got it, how about New-Cago. Clever.... But by far, my biggest problem with this book is how the author tries to cover his ass. One of the main characters traits is that he is "bad at metaphors." So when he makes a comparison, and it sucks, it's basically Sanderson saying, "It's not ME, who's bad at writing metaphors, it's just how the CHARACTER is." No dice, buddy. You can't fill a book with weak writing, claim it's just how the idiot character would write it, and then call it a well-written book. Another example: These super-powered individuals (known as 'Epics' by the way) all have a weakness. Some are completely obscure, and make no sense at all. The author freely admits in the text, several times, some "don't make any sense." What?? You're not allowed to do that! Rather than spend the brainpower to come up with an explanation, he just says, "Meh. Whatever. Just accept it, and don't think about it. Go back to thinking about how hot Meghan is, how you wish she could be YOUR girlfriend." The thought that kept coming back to me while I was reading this, is that it feels like it was written by some kid in high school. I can just picture a kid scribbling this down in his notebook during math class, and then showing his friends at lunch, getting them all excited about it. Then one of his friends says, "Seriously, dude, you've gotta get this published!" And maybe that's who it was written for. Judging by the reviews this has gotten from other people, it clearly has an audience. I'm in the minority here. I was looking for a new sci-fi book, and this was write at the top of the most-recommended list, so I had high expectations. They were waaaaaay not met. I wanted to stop listening to this one so many times, but I paid for it, so I thought I might as well finish it. I will not be reading the other books in this series.
On a separate note, the narrator does a pretty decent job, given the subject matter. He does everything he can, but the reader can only be as strong as the material he's given. Poor guy.
Absolutely. Especially to teens, thought it's youth-centric, it has depth and clarity.
I haven't. What an incredible voice actor! Accents, pitches, Intonations...this guy had better be paid very, very well.
I laughed a couple times. No tears though. Not a one.
I can't recommend this title enough. Sanderson is a favorite author of mine, due to his all-encompassing world building. He takes so many different little mundane facets of his world, and gives them a high sheen gloss, making his stories rich, and most importantly, believable. Steelheart is no exception. A completely different take on the world of superheroes, and the consequences of revenge, wielding of power, and linear thinking. There's a lot of themes going on in here, but it's complications add to, rather than detract from the narrative.
Get it. Listen. You'll love it. I promise.
As someone who reads four to five audiobooks a month
, I rank Steelheart in the top ten!
David of course as he is our narrator and hero. I also liked the Prof and Colin a lot.
The ending is by far the most exciting scene but I don't want to give anything away!
I almost did! I listened to it in 24 hr period. I started at night and listened straight thru the work day until getting home this evening!
I was a medium fan of Sanderson's work before this. I really enjoyed Elantris then the Mistborn series. However, Steelheart has elevated me to a full on fan of his work! I really liked the idea of superhuman men/women who were for once NOT pillars Of society and who in fact took full advantage of their godlike powers. I mean let's be honest, it is human nature in today's society for people to take advantage when possible and look out for number one. Literary characters are so often painted as morally ambiguous, morally bankrupt or as completely selfless, so its nice to see a twist on the norm and to see characters who are flawed on both sides of good and evil. I am also super pumped to read the next installment whenever that may come! This is also the 1st time I was compelled to write a review (I think) though I've been tempted before this book really left me no choice...it is 100% WORTH THE CREDIT! Enjoy!!
Brandon Sanderson has quickly become my favorite author. But even with higher expectations, he has yet to disappoint. This story has characters that are enjoyable to like, with interesting magic (his trademark), and fun twists and turns. I found myself unwilling to stop the book. And although there was a satisfying ending, it still left me wanting more. It is amazing that one author can create such diverse worlds that work and keep creating interesting characters that are fun to follow.
Brandon Sanderson is one of my all time favorite authors. I have read just about anything he's written, except the Alcatraz series. His fantasy ideas continue to amaze me and always leave me wanting more. I highly recommend his work, it is just the right blend of strong characters, action and a well thought out plot.
I always enjoy the audio best. It lets me just close my eyes and see the story unfold.
The Mistborn series and the stormlight archive. Also The dune series. All if these are different stories but they all have complete universes in which they take place. You can beleive these places are real.
Prof's rescuevof David and Megan.
This story has just begun and I look forward to seeing how all the pieces will fall into place as David searches for the secret of the epics.
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