Friday, October 18, 2013

Review: Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart (Reckoners #1)
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.
Publisher: Delacourt
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Kat's Review
I am new to this author, although his credentials are impressive. It's obvious that he's a very talented writer from the start, and I rather enjoyed the main characters attempts to use metaphors in his hilariously inept manner. David spends his life waiting for his chance to get revenge on Steelheart for the death of his father, and when that chance comes, he jumps in with two feet.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book revolved around the human trying to kill Steelheart, the epic, rather than around a human who finds out he IS Steelheart. When David is accepted into the Reckoners, he learns what it means to be brave and to fight against all odds. He finds himself making true friends for the first time, and finds a kind of father-figure in prof.
The story is pretty faced paced at times, and although there is a whole new world to understand in the Epics, it's not difficult to figure things out as the story unfolds. I was surprised at a few of the twists and turns, and am interested in reading about what happens next.
Rating: Worth a Look
I liked this book, but not as much as the many, many 5 star ratings it's been receiving on Goodreads. I enjoyed the story, but I didn't find myself riveted by it in a way that would have kept me glued to the pages. In fact, I picked it up and put it down and read some stuff in between. I was invested enough to want to finish it, but not so much that I couldn't put it down. If you're a fan of this author's work, I imagine you won't be disappointed.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.

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