Review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson


Source: Gift
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Series: Reckoners #1
Edition: Hardcover, 269 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Sci-fi
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Rating: 5/5

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 was a buddy read with my boyfriend and I couldn’t be happier with our choice. It takes a topic that we both love and turned it on it’s head. Imagine a world where super powers have become a reality but the only catch is that there are no superheros only villains. Steelheart offers a unique brand of dystopian where action is always around the corner and emotions run high.

This is my third Sanderson novel and I am convinced he’s one of the best writers out there right now. I’m use to his fantasy novels which are absolutely loaded with detail, so when I dove into this one I was surprised to see it wasn’t the same way. Even though the details are not as plentiful the world building is still fantastic. We find ourselves in Newcago, which was once Chicage but has fallen under the harsh rule of Steelheart, an epic who seems invisible. Those without money or powers have found themselves pushed to the understreets, where they must struggle to survive. I wasn’t really sure what the think of the broken world the story is set in at first. I’m one of those people who love superheroes, because there is something amazing about seeing someone with absolute power and they use it help mankind. The Epics in Steelheart are not like that at all, and I think my heart broke a bit…but Sanderson knows what he’s doing and even though the world has turned into a place with very little hope it makes for an absolutely addicting story.

Our main character is David. A young man who has seen the true ruthlessness of Epics first hand and he’s utterly determined to free everyone from their rule. I loved his outright determination, but this kid is beyond nerve-wracking. I believe the way I described him to my boyfriend was “he’s a genius in an ‘Oh my god, you’re going to die’ way”. He’s very intelligent when it comes to strategy, but when it comes to the more common sense portions well he’s on the low scoring side. Despite the amount of anxiety he caused I love him. He’s pretty fierce and he’s terrible at metaphors, which makes me love him even more. Then there are the Recokoners, a resistance group. I love most of the guys and girls in the Reckoners, though some took a while to warm up to. Cody was by far my favorite though, he’s a complete loon but I think the whole situation would have been too dire without Cody and David to lighten things up.

One of the best things about this book is the fact that you never know what to truly expect and it leaves you guessing. Sure, you  might guess correctly but it’s so much fun getting to the point where you find out for sure that it’s completely worth reading. This is definitely going to be in my top reads for 2014.

4.5 Stars

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9 Responses to Review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

  1. Christy says:

    Ahhhhh! I had planned on reading this weeks ago but still haven’t got around to it. Now I’m pumped again to do so!

  2. Yes I am so glad y’all both loved this. I loved David and cannot wait for the next book.

  3. Wow, I need to give one of his fantasys a read. I just need to get over my reluctance to leave the YA/NA genres

  4. Pamela D says:

    I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed this book. I have heard nothing but good things about it. I need to dig out some time to read this one.

  5. Wow sounds really fantastic! How adorable that you buddy read it with your bf (I could never get my BF to read the books I do). I love books that have fantastic world building and sounds like this would be up my alley!

    As always, brilliant review Michelle! (I just love your writing.)

  6. Briana says:

    This was my first Sanderson book, but it prompted me to immediately read Elantris, and I plan on reading all of his other books, as well. He’s fantastic!

  7. Grace says:

    This is one of the few Brandon Sanderson books (excluding the WoT ones) that I haven’t read yet. I need to get on that. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! 🙂

  8. Christa says:

    I haven’t read any Sanderson novels (yet) but I think this needs to be my first. I’ve heard so many good things and it sounds so unique.

  9. I so want to read this one! It’s quite expensive though. Both paperback and hardback. I have to save up for it first. 😛

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