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 always find it fascinating where writers get their ideas and, according to an article by Rachel Brutsch of the Deseret News, Brandon Sanderson was cut off in traffic one day and immediately thought of the other driver, “You’re lucky I don’t have super powers because I would totally blow your car off the road.” That immediate thought horrified him; and he thought, “Its a good thing I don’t have superpowers.” Then he pondered, “What if the evil guys had all of the super powers?” That idea was the essence for his new Y.A. series, “Reckoning.”
Steeheart is a super-villain. He is one of many that received their power from a star called Calamity that appeared in the sky one day. Most thought the people that received these new found powers would use them for the benefit of mankind; wrong. With ultimate power comes ultimate corruption.
Steelheart has the strength of 10 men. He’s virtually indestructible, he can fly and when he’s enraged he can turn inanimate objects into steel. He exercised that particular power to transform most of Chicago and part of Lake Michigan before becoming the emperor of “Newcago.”
David Charleston was an eight year old boy when he saw Steelheart murder his father. Ten years has passed and David can think of only one thing; bringing Steelheart down. He is just a normal human and decides to recruit another group of humans, called “Reckoners” to help him. Reckoners study those like Steelheart, to learn their weaknesses.
This is a story that has been told many times, the struggle between good and evil, but this time Superman is not on our side; can good still win?
Its billed as a Y.A. book, and there is some romance that is usually associated with such genre, it does not, however, overwhelms the story; anyone that like Sci-Fi adventure should like this book. It is, after all, by Brandon Sanderson; and, by all indications it is the start of an epic tale.
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yes, but i couldn't. hey! i have a day job! LOL it took 2 days. after writing a bunch of SQL and LINQ code for 6 hours straight ON A SATURDAY, this story was a welcome reward. even though i had to be up on sunday at 7 a.m., i kept listening until i was finished at a little after 3 a.m. yup, i was totally engrossed!
i'm attracted to stories where a person or group of people are up against a seemingly impossible situation, and what's more impossible than trying to kill the most powerful super villain, especially when you have no superpowers yourself?
this is the situation our protagonist, david, finds himself in. david is at the bank with his father the day steelheart decides to take over Chicago. during a melee with another "epic," super-powered human, david's father manages to injure steelheart by accident. as any paranoid super villain would, steelheart decides to utterly destroy the bank and everyone in it to hide the fact that someone as seemingly impervious to any type of attack as he's supposed to be was some how injured. david barely manages to escape, and he knows that steelheart will go to any lengths to protect his secret.
there are layers of conflict in this story. the outer layers are obvious- the conflicts between battling epics for the domination and subjugation of normal humans. the middle layers- the conflicts between characters. the inner layers- the conflicts raging within each character. i can't say much more w/o spoiling some of the story. sanderson seamlessly weaves these layers together, creating a rich depthness of character, and you can't help but wonder what you'd really do. the characters connect with you, and each character's viewpoint is distinct enough that different listeners would undoubtedly decide which character's viewpoint matches their own. i actually found myself wavering between 2 drastically differing viewpoints- prof's and megan's. both are cogent arguments.
the pacing of this story is perfect. the action sequences are exciting, and the dialogue is spot on. it is meaningful and believable. there are a few nice twists and turns in the story.
the narration is great. i have been a fan of macleod andrews since i heard him narrate the sandman slim series. his gritty voice matches our young protagonist, david's. he also does a great job voicing the other characters.
I believe a story should be interesting enough to absorb me, not bore me. I live reality daily. And many times reality is brutal. So I look for a book that makes me forget. It has to absorb me into the pages. Kind of like going on a mini vacation. I like stories that make me laugh. I like stories that make me look for the next episode.
Great book! I fully recommend. Not like anything out there. And that's why its so cool and interesting. Brandon always delivers. Well thought out and I'll be waiting for the next one, if there is one.
I didn't read the book yet, but I have no doubt the audiobook will always be in my head if I do.
I love the super hero/villain genre, going back to the earliest sci-fi offshoots of the 20th century. That being said, I was not prepared for this twist on what seemed like a predictable plot. Without spoiling the story, I was gripped by the human fragility of the protagonist, the stubborn commitment of the heros to their cause, and the whole sense that followed from beginning to end that I shouldn't expect a good ending but still found myself hoping one would arrive at any moment.There are elements woven into this series that a careful reader can recognize from philosophy and religion, hidden just enough not to distract but clear enough that it creates an intimacy of experience that makes me think of loftier genres and more acclaimed writers (to Sanderson's credit).
I tend to listen to audio books when traveling, and I often get several long doses in a row. This one, however, was something I listened to over a weekend because I could not bear to leave it alone.
As a general rule, I am almost never an early adopter of new stories. I started The Wheel of Time when it first came out, and vowed to not read any more after book 7 till the series was complete (a long wait, and my first introduction to Sanderson). Then I read The Beyonders without realizing that book 3 wasn't out yet, and I was so upset I had to wait for the last book I again vowed to never read a series until it was finished! After my family and friends told me how great Steelheart was, I decided to break my rule and check it out. I HAVE NO REGRETS, and I can't wait till I can get my hands on the next installment. I will add this - I will GLADLY listen to the first book again before I read the next. Its THAT good.
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Of all the scifi/fantasy audiobook genre to be found, one of my favorites is the superhero genre. Of course, it's nothing new - The greeks were all over this eons ago, and the story of Hercules is the penultimate hero, perhaps the culmination, of the genre' in its earliest era.
In this first of his "Reckoners" series, Brandon Sanderson has, as usual, moved into a fantastic departure from the typical. In this universe he's penned, the villains reign supreme, and the old adage "Ultimate power corrupts ultimately" is the norm. There are no superheroes, per se, as the various powers these unique individuals, or "epics," have acquired acquired so suddenly and completely have removed all moral boundaries and ethical limitations. The moral compass has been totally removed from the equation, and brutality rules supreme.
The epic in question, Steelheart, is a juggernaut that has little or no limits to his reign of terror. To him, the futile attempts of the government, rebels and even other epics to destroy him are not even a consideration. He is Hercules without conscience, and to him, we are afterthoughts, mere distractions compared his all-encompasing power and plans.
So, then, you ask, where is the story in all this?
This is a story of revenge, of desperation, of anger. It seems that this Hercules has an Achille's heel, a weakness that one ordinary man has quietly discovered, and is driven to both expose and deliver an end to this epic's reign of terror. This audiobook delivers plans within plans, a rich world with characters with varying motivations, and all at a strong pace, told by Sanderson in his always engaging and very entertaining writing. It's action from the very prologue through the ending of this first Reckoners novel. The narrator, Mr. Andrews, is strong, and worthy of the work.
Single words to describe this audiobook? How about: Engaging, Powerful, Entertaining to name a few?
For those of you who follow my reviews, look at my rating for this audiobook. It's HIGH, and it's EARNED it. It's quite rare for a novel to get this high of a rating from me - I'm BRUTAL in this regard, so when it DOES happen, you can be sure the work is well worth the listen.
And this audiobook is EXACTLY that.
If you enjoy Sanderson's body of writing, you're as excited as I am to see him dive head-first into this genre, and look forward with keen anticipation to the very next novel in the series.
Don't hesitate on this one - This is a "must buy" recommendation for your hard-earned Audible credit.
Another fantastic action fantasy thriller by a truly great writer. Although I haven't quite finished it yet I am even now looking forward to a followup to this book.
It moves right along and the characters are unique. It leaves you on edge wondering where it will go from Chapter to chapter to chapter.
Not sure if I have listened to Mr. Andrew's other readings but he does a fine job with this book. He is becoming another performer that I look forward to hearing from in more stories in the future.
Actually, because I am an invalid, I did want to listen to it in one sitting but then again I wanted to spread it out so I could enjoy it longer.
Highly recommend this book if you like exciting fantasy in a future that "could be" I am still waiting for the follow up to another Brandon Sanderson book The way of Kings which was another fantastic book and will be followed next month by Words of Radiance. Now will have to go back to The way of Kings to refresh my memory about this great book.. I am looking for a followup if one is to be of this book Steel Heart.
I've never read a book about super heroes. In a lot of ways I missed the entire comic book world and am only a fan from a distance. I enjoy the lore, the enthusiasm of the fans, and even enjoy when they bring those comic book characters to life in movies. But something about the book Steelheart from Brandon Sanderson drew me in. Not sure if it was the high praise many have given Sanderson on his recent novels, or the amazing cover for the book, but one thing is for sure I'm so glad I read Steelheart.
Steelheart is a book that flips the script on other super hero tales. Instead of the good guys being super heroes, its all the bad people in the world who are given powers while the rest of the world is left to fend for themselves. Steelheart is considered a young adult novel which is both its greatest strength and weakness. Strength because it makes for a lighter easier read that is instantly entertaining, and weakness because it does have Sanderson shying away from the grittier details of life under these super heroes rule. We get tastes but you get the sense that he is giving it to you in small bit size portions.
All in all though Steelheart is one of the most entertaining listens I've had in a long time and I cannot wait for the next one. Count me in Sanderson I've officially boarded the reckoners train.
This is a great book and an excellent premise. Superpowers don't make you heroic; power corrupts. It's a refreshing new take on the whole super-powered genre.
By far it had to be the Prologue where we were introduced to the Universe and the cruelty of the 'Epic' menis.
His wide array of vocal styles. He captured the brashness of youth, the voices of experience and it was very very easy to know which person was talking at any one moment.
Once again... A moment in the Prologue where one of the characters does something (no spoilers) Let's just say you will want to give your kids a hug when it happens.
This was a fantastic book. Full of action, good dabs of humor and an ending that I never saw coming. The next book in the series can't come soon enough. Brandon Sanderson has really created a rich world and the options going forward are nearly endless.
I loved this book. A new view on humans gaining superpowers. Just because they have power doesn't mean they'll be good. Once I started it I couldn't stop listening until I was finished. I did stop in the middle to go to bed finally, but started it as soon as I woke up. It was such a great story, with some unexpected twists and surprises. I love the way Brandon Sanderson writes. Look forward to the next in this series. It's great to have another book series for teens that is appropriate, and completely riveting. My children ranging from 6 to 14 are voracious readers. It's hard to find really good books that are up to date and keep there attention. For my 14 year old, she's started turning toward books that are very dark and not helpful in a world full of negative outlooks and crazy people already. This book has bad things happening to a kid who in the end sees his story in a hopeful way. I really love finding books like this that keep them enjoying every minute of it as well as not leaving them with an even more negative and horrid look on the future. Truthfully, this book is like a movie unfolding right in front of me. (Of course a movie couldn't express how involved and in-depth the characters are, but it read like a movie.)
I really enjoyed his reading of the book. I don't know if I could say anything stood out to me as to why, but he read it very well. I was hooked.
I actually cried and laughed at several parts of the book. So to me that's the sign of a great writer (and reader for audio books).
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