Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

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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 will. 

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.

 

Rating: 5/5

Something Brandon Sanderson did really well in Mistborn:Final Empire(Mistborn #1) was the group dynamics that come along with a group planning a heist. Mistborn felt very much like Ocean’s Eleven put in a Fantasy universe-which was the charm of Mistborn. Now he’s taken that same dynamic and improved his technique.

Steelheart begins with a murder that will become the catalyst upon which David, the main character, will base all of his decisions. He joins up with the Reckoners-a small group of men and women who are fighting back against the Epic’s-when he is eighteen years old and together they set up an elaborate plot to draw out Steelheart and make him pay for the blood that is on his hands.

The book moves very quickly, it’s easy to get through and it’s fun. It is classified as YA which may be a turn off for some people, but the themes that run through the book are easily enjoyable for older audiences.

If you want a quick, easy read with interesting characters, twists and turns-some of which are easy to guess if you’ve read Sanderson others that are not-and a fun play on the Superhero motif, I highly suggest you read Steelheart.

-M-

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