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.
I’ve heard really great things about Brandon Sanderson’s books and writing, so I decided to see what I thought.
Steelheart is definitely a superhero novel, and everything that happened I could see happening in a Marvel movie. It definitely reads like an action movie. You have the team, the planning, the big fight at the end. It really kind of felt like a boys kind of book, which didn’t appeal to me that much but that’s fine. The premise is fantastic and the situation brings up lots of interesting questions about power and revenge, and like a good superhero story, moral ambiguity. The superheros and the world that they have created, and their weaknesses are fascinating to read about. I found the plot a little weak, and it felt like I didn’t know where it was going at times, and I thought it got a bit slow, especially after the very strong prologue. However it picked up at the last third of the book and awesome things started happening that I was really interested in. The strong point of this novel was the characters. All of them are interesting, vibrant, and unique. I loved all of them, and really cared about what happened to them.
Overall, it wasn’t quite for me, as I don’t really like a mission type of scenario, but I still really enjoyed it and the questions it brought up. And I do want to try out some more Sanderson, because it was very well written and interesting. This is the first book in a trilogy, even though it could easily be a stand alone, and I will pick up the sequel after it is released. ( Note: I read the Rithmatist at the end of this month and I liked it more than this one. But I still do want to read even more Sanderson beyond that! Especially the Mistborn trilogy.)
Genre: Action, Superhero
Length: 386 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press