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Steelheart

Sanderson, Brandon (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Steelheart


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At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners--the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.
Authors: Sanderson, Brandon
Title: Steelheart
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 386 pages ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Brandon Sanderson
Summary: At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners--the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.
Alternate Title: Steel heart
ISBN: 9780385743563
0385743564
9780375991219
0375991212
Branch Call Number: y SANDERSON 2013
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Report This Mar 11, 2014
  • ekk097 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Simply marvelous! I love this book and recommend this to dystopian/fantasy/superhero/magical powers lovers. What I love that makes this book unique is the fact that the "heroes" (Epics) are not so perfect like your average Superman with super strength or some other power s/he uses to help humanity. The heroes are flawed with hubris and in this book they are also the villains, which is a different concept and one that I like! Very well written, and the characters are well developed throughout the book. David at first is taking revenge for his father's death, but experiences with the Reckoners change his perspectives, for example. I also happen to love David's metaphors, which suck but are cool- they are a part of his diverse character. Definitely going to read Firefight, the second book in this series!

Report This Feb 15, 2014
  • Bearddis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In a word "epic" (you'll get it once you've read the book). This book tells the tale of a world where super heroes are not so super. Each and everyone evil and corrupt have run the earth into near ruin dominating there own patches of land. The story focuses around a young protagonist who's sole mission in life is the takedown of Steelheart. The vindictive lord over "newcago". It's hard to say much without giving anything away so all I'll say is READ READ READ this book.

i love all of Brandon Sanderson's books, and I can't wait to read this one. ...why are there so many holds?

Report This Jan 12, 2014
  • naw666 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was PHENOMENAL! Loved it, and cannot wait for the sequel. :)

Report This Nov 10, 2013
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Epic in concept! Sanderson takes a realistic stance on what would happen if normal people were to suddenly gain extraordinary powers, and become corrupted by them. Most of the characters are not what they appear to be at first. A lot is wrapped in falsehoods, propaganda, and the most obvious deception, illusions. Even the nature of what the Epics are remains shrouded in mystery. Questions about them and Calamity, get mentioned at intervals, always in reminder that this answer might be the solution to all their problems. The first book leaves this unanswered, but undoubtedly will get addressed later. In the case of the Epics, power literally corrupts, as two individuals in particular highlight near the end. Power through fear, military might, and overwhelming odds, as well as the struggle against this, dominates this world. With such a focus, the story naturally gravitates towards an action-oriented style. Things happen grandly and quickly, but the pace never feels rushed, rather taking time to reveal information, twists, and revelations. This is especially true regarding several individuals, whom were only hinted at being something more. Despite their incredible powers, every Epic has an Achilles heel, a convenient way to take these "gods" down a notch. Yet it also serves a reminder that power is not absolute, even those with it can still be defeated. There are even those that defy the saying that power always corrupts, although this takes great effort on their part. Afterall a true hero doesn't necessarily need superpowers, just a strong will, determination, and a mind that is incorruptible. Once again Sanderson has written something special. Usually he creates original magic with epic worldbuilding skills in fantasy. Having revitalized the former, he now does the same for the superhero one. The fight is against those we would normally admire with awe and worship as defenders of justice. Yet in this alternate Earth full of would-be gods, the Epics may have amazing powers, but they come with a cost...their own humanity.

"A new superhero series kicks off with tons of cool tech, crazy plot twists, and relentless, high-adrenaline action. Ever since the Calamity gave them superpowers, the evil Epics have been using their abilities to oppress regular humans. Eighteen-year-old human David has been waiting ten years to avenge his father's murder by killing Steelheart, the most dangerous Epic. All he needs is to find the elusive Reckoners, a band of human rebels who dare to stand up to the Epics. If you're a science fiction or comic book fan, this "ultraviolent yet playful" (Publishers Weekly) read will grab your attention and keep you riveted." Teen Scene November 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=695748

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Report This Jan 10, 2014
  • green_tiger_230 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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