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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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.
Wow! I really loved this audiobook! The premise - an event ten years before the bestows supernatural powers on some select humans turning them into Epics which leads to the downfall of society as these Epics tyrannically abuse their power - hooked me from the very start. David, the young narrator, watched the titular Steelheart kill his own father on the Epic’s rise to to power as the leader of Chicago (now dubbed Newcago). This set David upon a decade of determination to exact his revenge on this coldhearted and callous ruler.
David devoted ten years of his life to his plan - and he managed to join the elusive Reckoners, a group of non-Epics dedicated to bringing down the Epics and re-taking the world for “regular” humans. David impressed them with his knowledge and skill and finally created a new sort of family with this small group. A budding romance evan sprang up between him and the other newer member of the group. It was such a fun listen! The plot included some genuine shockers (along with some more predictable elements), but the book’s real strength was in the genuine quality to each character. David’s narration, too, added humour to all the excitement.
The strength of the story was further augmented by the very real skills of the reader, Macleod Andrews. He handled the accents with ease and gave a genuinely masterful performance. This was an incredibly fun listen and the sequel can’t come out fast enough! Hopefully the next installment will include even more of the Newcago setting!
There were lots of plot twists, but I felt that they were broadcasted too loudly in advance. I enjoyed the book, but I would have liked it better had Sanderson played things a little closer to his chest.
Yes, I certainly will. Besides that fact that I reread or relisten to all the book I read and listen to? I liked this story. I would like to do it again so I can see what parts I missed that gave clues to the ending. Very interesting.
The weapons shop, very nail biting.
I like the actors that aren't just flat pancake performances. Accents and expressing some sort of emotion so that I can hear it win big points with me. Andrews really made that happen in this book.
Yes, I can't point to any particular moment in the book but I remember laughing.
I am interested in the sequel to this book. I will definitely be spending money on it.
I can't wait until the next book in this series.
Has aspects of super humans like in X-Men.
Brandon Sanderson is a phenomenal writer. What drew me towards this book being so impressed with his other works. Very creative. Knows how to tell a story and capture the characters. I can't think of one flaw with this book. Just never wanted it to end.
Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.
Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson
To generate a great fiction book you must first layout the rules of the world you wish to create or distort. Once the rules and principles have been rooted, it is world-crafter's obligation to stay true to those rules while fashioning the world, while creating and disjointing characters.
Steelheart starts off by a tragic loss. A kid looses his father to the hands of an epic. But what is an epic? In the rules of the world created by Sanderson, the world fell to shambles when Calamity, our beloved Sun, was modified. The modification gave some humans corky powers. But curiously, with each power granted, a very unspecific weakness in relation to the power tagged along. A weakness can be something as simple as a specific time of the day, or something as ridiculous as a joke. This makes the task of defeating epics a whole epic in itself. To find out an epic's weakness, one must observe and study the individual. At any rate, so are the rules of the world.
I enjoyed this audiobook very much. I would go about calling it a literary achievement. I would, however, call it an awesome-amazing-epic-adventure! You have the weapons, the high-tech, the fights, the mass destruction, the meticulous planning to take down epics, etc.
I also enjoyed the narration. It was excellent. The character development is solid, each one of them having very specific nuances in language, gait, body movements, etc.
I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a good sci-fi, fiction story. It is loads of fun, full of surprises, and enjoyable to listen to at any time.
I have always loved reading, helping people to find a passion for these amazing books lead me to work in a local bookstore.
Brandon Sanderson builds worlds, his career has been built on creating vibrant world populated by fully realized characters with unique takes on magic and power. Steelheart is his answer to the superhero genre, starkly different than the traditional super power creations of other authors.
If you enjoy superhero fiction and character driven Scifi/fantasy this is the book for you.
I also suggest, "Soon I Will Be Invincible" and "Confessions of a D List Supervillan"
Of all of the books I have read, this one affected in a very different way. I know a book is good when I am done with it and I feel myself demanding more. Steelheart did this for me, but in a way I had never experienced before.
At the end of Steelheart I was left with a range of emotions I had never before at the end of a novel. Yes it had a good storyline, an intriguing world, and an entertaining blend of passion, humor, and action. Yes it left me guessing at what would happen next and it had not one twist, but several twists in the end. Yes it kept me on the edge of my seat and demanded I not put it down. Many great books have done this for me; Steelheart is the only book I have ever read where I was literally left missing it's characters.
When I finished the book, I wanted more, not necessarily because of the story or the action or the world, but because I wanted to spend more time with the people I had grown so attached to during the adventures we experienced together. When it was all over, I just didn't want to let go of them.
I look forward to the next book in the series.
If you are into Sci-Fi, then this is a good story to listen too. Michael Andrews narrates it very well which makes it very easy to listen to. The Epic angle is very interesting, but the power of the human endurance is even better. A few twist and turns at the end make it a very complete book to listen too.
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