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.
The thing I love about all of Sanderson's works is that they are all character driven. I could go on and on about the world that Sanderson has built, or the plot of this book and how the mystery was a complete and total "WHAAAAAA?!?!" moment for me when it was revealed, but Brandon Sanderson's greatest strength in writing is his character driven stories. Real, believable people doing what they can in the world they are in. This book may be the first in a series, but it is just another addition to the many masterful works he has done. It is very much worth your time to read or listen to this book. Especially if you are a fan of fantasy or the superhero genres. Enjoy!
The main character is really lovable. And very easy to get invested in the outcome.
When fortitude gets checkmated of course!
Voice and reactions are perfect.
Absolutely, started when I got to work at 5 a.m. and didn't want to go to sleep later that night.
This was a good story with a new premise and likable characters. There were some good twists in the story that I never saw coming. Mcleod Andrew (who sounds a like like Michael J. Fox) put in a stellar performance. He brought David, the main character, to life. If there is a sequel to Steelheart it would be difficult to accept another reader. The story kept me involved from beginning to end.
It was a wonderful listen, one of the best i've had.
I enjoyed the characters and world, both different than what Sanderson has written of in the past
The main character's first interaction with "The Reckoners" was very enjoyable, introducing many of the characters we would eventually latch onto.
A bit long for one sitting, but lucky for me i was on vacation when i listened, so only took 2 sittings. Very engaging and, much like his other works, always keeping you thinking of what could happen around the next corner.
The narrator was very good, every word was clear and the voices were distinct and fit the characters well.
I did have a minor issue with the characters and their interactions, however; I haven't seen the author try his hand so much at humorous character flaws/interactions, and one such characteristic of the protagonist did grate on me after showing up a handful of times.
However, I still enjoyed the novel thoroughly.
Already have. I don't think I even waited a whole day. I was trying to find other books when I just couldn't find one that grabbed my attention like Steelheart did.
I love reading and had it not been for the free excerpt I would not have choosen it. I tend to read medical mysteries, Stephen King, W.E.B. Griffin type books. In a way you could compare it to Griffin in that it talks about doing whats right, fair and just.
I have not. This was the first book I ever listened too and was not sure if the book would come alive for me if someone else read it. It definitely did. In searching for more books, until more of the Reckoners series come out that is, I find myself comparing other to Macleod and find myself not as part of the story as I did when he narrated.
Not sure but I dit think it would make an awesome movie when I was listening to it and Eminem would be a great David.
Not being a writer myself I can imagine it is a long process.....not sure I can wait for the next one!!!
A great, fast-paced dystopian fantasy with all the usual hallmarks of Sanderson’s excellent writing (strong characters, an original and well-developed magic system, an all-powerful yet fascinating villain) packed with satisfying plot twists and intriguing mysteries that pulled me along. I really hope this is the start of a new series (and I’m pretty sure it is given the number of major questions left unresolved). If you liked Larry Correia’s Grimnoir Series or Peter Cline’s Ex-Heroes series, you will enjoy this. Great listen.
Commodities broker, father, husband, and avid scifi/fantasy/self help fan.
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.
I'm the author of the book "Bronx DA" and an attorney.
Steelheart was off to a bit of a slow start for me, but I'm really glad I hung in there. I enjoyed the book a lot - it was very fun, a little campy and a great commuter-time escape. At the beginning, I felt the narration was a bit overdone - too cartoonish. If it had continued that way past the first chapter, I would have given up on it. But the book and the narrator quickly find their pace and the story picked up and kept moving along from start to finish. I like the way the author creates his own vocabulary for this future world, to keep a sense of otherness. The scenery and the people are also very well described. The book maintained a bit of a comic book atmosphere without overdoing it. Definitely a fun, light read and I will look forward to the next book in the series!
I think all day (about climate change) and so really enjoy a good sci-fi story during my morning walks with the dogs.
A fun listen, my first experience with the author. And the narrator was perfect for the story (a pleasant experience after several other recent audible experiences).
I was worried this would fall more into a "fantasy" category and that I wouldn't like it. But it's complicated enough to hold interest, and the story develops well. Am looking forward to the next volume in the series!
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