by Brandon Sanderson
Series: Reckoners #1
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There are no heroes. 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.
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson was an absolute blast to read. This science-fiction dystopian is a superheroes lovers dream. Villains, heroes, technological abilities and action kept me spellbound. This was a smashing beginning to the Reckoners trilogy and one I cannot wait to continue. Mini-review: entertaining, and engrossing with fascinating rebels that kept me flippin’ the pages.
Ten years ago an event now referred to as “Calamity” occurred. A bright, blinding burst from the sky turned ordinary men and woman into Epics, giving them extraordinary powers. With power comes greed, and the strongest want to rule the world. The prologue will grab you by the seat of your pants as we watch an event that changed a young boy named David’s life and forever altered his course. We then fast forward to present day and meet now nineteen-year-old David, as he sets out to find the Reckoners a group of humans who fight the Epics, and the tale that unfolds was riveting.
Sanderson introduces us to a fascinating array of characters beginning with David our protagonist. David has spent his youth gathering information on the Epics, taking careful notes and plotting his revenge against Steelheart. Steelheart is the epic who forever changed David’s life and who rules the city with fear and tyranny. David is bright and fearless, but he is also a young and I found him endearing. His actions, conversations, and metaphors will have you giggling. He has feelings for a kick-ass Reckoner, and it was adorable, awkward and made my heart flip. I really connected with him and loved the nickname the Reckoners gave him. The Reckoners themselves are a diverse group of individuals, and each brings a dynamic skill and mindset to this motley team. The Epics while not fleshed out, were terrifying and unique. Their abilities sprang to life as Sanderson introduced each one. Each has a unique set of abilities from illusions to fire, but all have a weakness much like the Superheroes we all know and love. Sanderson brought the Epics and Reckoners to life keeping me completely captivated.
Steelheart was action-packed, with twists and turns that even I didn’t see coming. Sanderson provided a panoramic view of the city and its residences. The world building was wonderfully done, without a lot of info dumps, and while I still have oodles of questions I felt confident as I read. One of the things I enjoy when reading a book in this genre is when an author makes the impossible seem probable, and I so believed from the Epics to the kick-ass Reckoners. The super abilities to the amazing gadgets the Reckoners possessed made me drool. Sanderson has a wicked imagination, and I thoroughly enjoyed the benefits. It’s a simple tale of good verse evil, man overcoming oppression and adversity. How can one not fall in love with the underdogs and root them to victory? The twists and reveals blew me away and made me freakishly giddy as subtle clues suddenly clicked into place, and I yelled, “OMG, of course!” This was hands down one of the most intense and fascinating reads I have read this year. It’s one of those books you cannot set down, where you travel so deeply into the tale and its characters that the outside world disappears. I imagined myself sitting at the window of a war-torn and abandon high tower building high above the city as I watched this tale unfold.
Enough gushing, all I can say is go, go buy Steelheart if you love what I have described you will thank me. Send coffee or chocolate. Firefight will release in 2014 and Calamity the final book of the trilogy will release in 2015. And so my friends the wait begins.