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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It is read like a new chapter of Ready Player One. Almost like a stream of consciousness by a character telling a story in a bar. That isn't a compliment, at least not in the scope of the book. When a character tells me something is awesome it feels like it is trying too hard.
That being said, read the book and don't give up as it slows down or becomes predictable. You may be surprised or at least feel better at the end than you would if you stopped reading or had never read the book. Just don't get too mad when you only learn the rules to the game when it is over.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
There is more going on in Steelheart than one might think from a first glance. Initially marketed as a young adult novel, it is full of content that most mature individuals could enjoy. Rather than swords and sorcery, Sanderson's premise is flight, telekinesis, invisibility, & fire. It's as if the supernatural powers of Superman, the Flash, and Captain America didn't just make them more than human, but also corrupted them.
On the other side of things though, I didn't feel the book grasped me like some of the other reviewers. Yes, there were some pretty cool little gadgets and action scenes. But there was something there that didn't send me over the top spinning on my seat reaction.
Sometimes, I felt like everything went a bit too well for the characters, and that is probably what bumps this down to a 4 instead of 5 stars. Aside from a few minor caveats, nothing bad really happened to the characters, and it was sort of unbelievable.
Overall: This book was fairly predictable in many ways. A good read for hard core fantasy readers, but it might be a little too much for middle of the road types. I'll probably read the sequel...maybe.
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This has been the best book I have heard in a long time. lots of action, heart pounding moments and a GREAT ending for a sequel!
I loved the concept, loved the story. Narrator was great. Would definitely recommend. Can't wait to see where the characters go from here!
I like a story that I cannot predict the ending to, yet still makes sense and is satisfying. This is one of those stories.
Great characters that you love to follow and a story that keeps you interested until the end. I just bought the next one.
Mr. Sanderson has created a fantastic new world for our young hero, Jonathan, to spread his wings and soar. Although he loses his father at a tender age, Jonathan develops the character and attitude of a winner; grow stronger in mind and body and one can overcome tremendous obstacles. His story unfolds in this action packed and entertaining novel.
This book is highly recommended for science fiction enthusiasts of all ages.
Very near the top!
I liked Abraham and Cody the best -- the reader really developed the characters through the voices he used.
I am thrilled to recommend this new author to my friends! I was so surprised to find new ideas in fiction, a very engaging and compelling story that was clean and decent AND a very satisfying redemptive ending! Happy endings still live, but not in a Disney, cheesy romance kind of way .....Sanderson's happy endings are a whole new world for me!
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