Review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)Steelheart
(Reckoners #1)
by Brandon Sanderson
YA SciFi, Paranormal
Hardcover386 Pages
September 24th 2013 by Delacorte Press                  


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.


My Review

This was such an original and amazingly creative story! I loved how the author pulled everything together with the characters and the plot. I especially loved how he took the whole super hero trend, that is so popular right now, and turned it completely around, making the super heroes the bad guys. It was a great concept that he turned into this unique story.

This is definitely from a boys POV, which is a POV that I don't read very often. I really enjoyed it though. I loved how David's brain worked. He was so intelligent and energetic. He put all that toward revenge, but Steelheart killed his father and so I didn't really fault him for it. The other characters in the band, called the Reckoners, were all great and interesting as well.

The pacing and plot were both really well done! They kept me engaged through the entire book. The end was especially intense! I was right alongside David as he put all the pieces together and as the characters fought for their lives.

I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in this series, which comes out next January. I have to mention that I love the covers for these as well. Here's Firefight's cover (which I just have to share):
Firefight (Reckoners, #2)

If you're looking to read a unique story, that is well-written, has great characters, and an intriguing plot then this is the book for you. I would definitely recommend it to SciFi readers and YA readers in general. 

Content: A few mild swear words, some innuendo and violence.

Source: Library

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  1. I keep seeing so many great reviews for this one that I really think I need to push it up my TBR pile.

    Great review Tressa!

  2. May have to read this one despite the questionable content. It sounds good and of course, the cover art is enough of an incentive. :)

  3. I was hoping you'd like this one! I want to read it now. I love it when an author creates good, realistic characters that I can connect with.

  4. I think I'm in the minority on this one. I did like it, but I didn't love it. I just didn't like Reagan, which really affected how I felt about the whole book. I think my review is scheduled to post next week. Glad you loved it though! ~Pam

  5. I love it too! I think it's perfect for the book.

  6. I really liked it, obviously. ;) Reagan is definitely an in-your-face type of character, but it's really a protective technique. I think if you can handle the content, then you'll like it.

  7. I think you'd really like it, Dena. Of course I wish it was completely clean, but it is definitely realistic.

  8. I can see how you might not like Reagan. She is really in self-preservation mode and definitely has a tough, hard shell. I'm glad you still liked it ok. :)


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