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.
Brandon Sanderson is awesome. That’s really all I had to say after I read this book.
I can totally imagine this as a Marvel movie *hint hint NUDGE NUDGE*. STEELHEART had the best beginning possible for me for this kind of superhero story. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting–something scary, something fierce, something tear-jerking. It was all of those things, and more.
"Please," I managed to whisper. "The heroes. You said they'll come. Let them stop him!" "Sometimes, son," my father said, prying my fingers free, "you have to help the heroes along."
From start to finish, STEELHEART is intense and breathtaking–but it’s also sensitive and heartbreaking. It’s one heck of a ride, and told through David’s voice STEELHEART slowly unfolds into a masterpiece of a story that reminds me why I love Sanderson’s writing. David’s world is a merciless one, and that’s clear from the very beginning.
As soon as I cracked open this story not only was I reminded me of Marvel movies, but also of the anime Needless.
STEELHEART shares a lot of the same ideas as Needless, and if I have to compare STEELHEART to anything, I would say that it’s Needless in book form with more heart and plot line–and an Adam Blade of it’s own. A kind, human, teenage Adam Blade, but nevertheless.
And, like Adam Blade, David fell a little short for me. Adam will never be Zoro or Soul, and that’s that. The action sequences, the ending, the writing, it all worked for me. The book was pulled off in such a way that it all worked with fully bringing David into the picture. While David provided a lot of what I felt was the heart behind this story, I felt like some of the supporting characters and the heroine were the ones who brought a lot more to the table character-wise. I did appreciate the parts to David that were flawed as well, but I had really wished he would get out there more.
And that brings me to my next point.
I loved the strategizing to this story. As someone who loves strategizing, this book had a lot of genius moments for me
as well as a lot of dumb moments, but that’s beside the point. All of it at once was a bit much, but I did think that Sanderson’s fast paced style of writing and the action scenes he wrote were enough to make up for it.
I did really like a lot of different parts to this book, and I’m definitely glad I tried it. I didn’t ship David and Megan, but I did like the different parts to them both and I loved the ending to STEELHEART. The fast pace in the beginning will be enough to keep people who need the pages turning occupied initially but it does slow down around the middle. I’m looking forward to seeing more of the Reckoners series, but I do wish that Sanderson had gotten deeper with his characters on this one. Worth a read though! 3.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 386
Series: The Reckoners
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