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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 willNobody fights the Epicsnobody but the Reckoners A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating themAnd 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 experienceHe s seen Steelheart bleed And he wants revenge This book insanity This will prove my living under a rock, but I had not heard of this author before I went to Book Expo and got told all about his awesome status, and let me tell you, the praise is not unwarranted Steelheart does not hold back it s an edge of your seat read with an intensity that requires you to put the book down regularly just so you can take a breather There are book beginnings then there are Sanderson beginnings the prologue is all it took to make me fall in love wit This book insanity This will prove my living under a rock, but I had not heard of this author before I went to Book Expo and got told all about his awesome status, and let me tell you, the praise is not unwarranted Steelheart does not hold back it s an edge of your seat read with an intensity that requires you to put the book down regularly just so you can take a breather There are book beginnings then there are Sanderson beginnings the prologue is all it took to make me fall in love with this book Already, my heart was pounding, I was left gasping, and my knuckles were white from clutching the book Sanderson s writing brought me thoroughly and completely in David s world a very dark, merciless world and in it I stayed until the last page was turned My advice to you buckle up, because it s a wild, turbulent ride In David s world, the Epics humans with extraordinary powers have taken over You must abide by their rules to survive and then hope you go unnoticed This may not sound like anything new your average comic book premise, even but the creativity is in the details The world building does not falter with every turn of a page the world comes alive with devastatingly grim, yet strangely picturesque, details Sanderson paints this cinematic picture of a world corrupted by power Each new Epic introduced isfascinating than the last, not to mention terrifying The various powers that range from death by command, to illusionists, to controlling daylight, coupled with the concept of weaknesses, are imaginative and utterly compelling Much like Calamity which remains the enigma behind it all, yet to be explored but full of promise This all results in an unpredictable plot with no limits or hesitations Not once did I know what was coming next, though I learned quickly to not let myself relax for even a second Now let s meet the characters We have a protagonist who s dedicated his life to learning about the Epics, his knowledge on the matter turns him into a capable and intelligent character His awkwardness around a certain girl and his terrible analogies offer some comic relief to the story s borderline unbearable tension while carving him into a flawed, easily relatable character He soon teams up with the Reckoners, a group who is fighting back against the Epics Each member of this team brings forth a memorable personality, and a few have an air of mystery that will make you constantly question everything about their character The powerhouse in this book, however, is none other than Steelheart himself He makes his presence known during the first few pages, paralyzing us with his sheer power, ruthlessness, and invincibility Most of the plot especially its mystery is spent on figuring out what exactly could lead to his defeat, but finding this weakness feels like an insurmountable challenge My imagination was running rampant with infinite theories and possibilities that made it all theriveting Even though I was on the right track, I found myself reveling in the brilliance that was this ending Besides, this book is so wildly action packed with wicked fight scenes that are so vicious and intense, that you won t care to spend much time predicting anything at all, let alone achieve success with idle guesses Do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy of this book Steelheart is a spectacular read that s impossible to put down sit comfortably, take a deep breath, now get ready to be up all night An advance copy was provided by the publisher for review.Forof my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads I got a chance to read an early version of this a little while ago Needless to say, I jumped at it The reason for this is that so far, I haven t read a book by Brandon Sanderson that I haven t loved That means it s quite likely that I ll get a chance to read another good book, which is always welcome OR I ll finally read something of Sanderson s I don t like Which would thrill me, honestly Why Well, because Brandon writes so much faster than me It only seems fair that some of his stuff I got a chance to read an early version of this a little while ago Needless to say, I jumped at it The reason for this is that so far, I haven t read a book by Brandon Sanderson that I haven t loved That means it s quite likely that I ll get a chance to read another good book, which is always welcome OR I ll finally read something of Sanderson s I don t like Which would thrill me, honestly Why Well, because Brandon writes so much faster than me It only seems fair that some of his stuff should be crap It just doesn t seem fair that he s brilliant AND fast Unfortunately for my ego, Steelheart is another win for Sanderson, proving that he s not a brilliant writer of epic fantasy, he s simply a brilliant writer Period Simply said Great book Tight writing Nice take on superheroes Nice world creation Absolutely worth your time Reviewed by Rabid Reads4.5 starsI m probably going to make Sandersonite heads everywhere explode when I say this, but STEELHEART might be my new favorite Sanderson book does NOT duck does NOT run Is it the most beautifully complicated of his works No.Is it the plot twistiest Nope.Is it the most direct and concise, sans anything that could be construed as meandering YAS.I love Sanderson Unabashedly But as someone who s spent a cumulative ten years with my husband, I can state with auth Reviewed by Rabid Reads4.5 starsI m probably going to make Sandersonite heads everywhere explode when I say this, but STEELHEART might be my new favorite Sanderson book does NOT duck does NOT run Is it the most beautifully complicated of his works No.Is it the plot twistiest Nope.Is it the most direct and concise, sans anything that could be construed as meandering YAS.I love Sanderson Unabashedly But as someone who s spent a cumulative ten years with my husband, I can state with authority that love does not mean blind to flaws sorrynotsorryAnd this was just FUN Which was exactly what I needed after my last several books I m looking at you, Morning Star.Meet David David is an orphan who s father was killed in front of him by an Epic humans who began to manifest superhero like powers after Calamity appeared in the sky no, we don t know what Calamity is, but it might be my new favorite curse word named Steelheart when he was a child squints Okay, so it wasn t 100% flowers and rainbows, but beyond the sad backgrounds of several of our characters, it was frequently hilarious.David and his terrible metaphors are the source of most of the hilarity I stopped as I noticed something different Motorcycles There were three of them in a row near the far side of the hallway I hadn t seen them at first, as I d been focused on the guns They were sleek, their bodies a deep green with black patterns running up their sides They made me want to hunch over and crouch down to make myself have less wind resistance I could imagine shooting through the streets on one of these They looked so dangerous, like alligators Really fast alligators wearing black Ninja alligators Ninja alligators giggle snorts But David isn t a one man show, there s also the rest of the teamDon t you everpay attention Tia asked We ve talked about this He was cleaning his guns, Abraham said I m an artist, Cody said.Abraham nodded He s an artist And cleanliness is next to deadliness, Cody added Then there s the genius that is Sanderson Part of the reason I loved STEELHEART was how much easier it was to backtrack the groundwork of his LIES See, Sanderson doesn t limit himself to unobtrusively weaving hints about future reveals No, noHe deliberately leads you astray Sometimes in numerous ways Sometimes he paints a clear picture in the very beginning, but then so skillfully undermines the idea that YOU LAUGH AT YOURSELF for having such silly thoughts In 1000 pages of these machinations, it s impossible to look back and see where you went wrong The best you can hope for is to find some of your missteps, while you throw heavy objects b c you know, YOU KNOW, it said something about such and such somewhere does NOT make for good document searches , but you ll NEVER find it In less than 400 pages Easy peasy.I am learning the darks paths of your mind, Sanderson I will not remain your puppet forever SO Do you like supervillains Do you like adorkable manboys who will not stand back and let evil triumph Do you like NEVER being able to guess ALL THE THINGS an author has in store for you Then you, friend, should give STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson a try It is fantastic Highly recommended Pre review, part, the second WELLThat was equal parts spectacular and exhausting b c FEELS I was a bit worried, b c I thought MISTBORN 2 was OTT teen angsty, and it wasn t even YA, so what would deliberate YA from Sanderson look like Perfection, that s what Near perfection, anyway.And I m not just saying that b c IGUESSED THE MAIN PLOT TWIST My other reviews for this series Mitosis The Reckoners, 1.5 Firefight The Reckoners, 2 Calamity The Reckoners, 3 Well that was disappointing.I ve heard such great things about all of Brandon Sanderson s books and he s an author I ve been meaning to read for what seems like forever So I decided to pick up his recent young adult work instead of committing to a series with several releases already well, all I can say is that I hope this isn t representative of all his books because Steelheart really disappointed me In my opinion, there is nothing you can get from this book that you can t get from bett Well that was disappointing.I ve heard such great things about all of Brandon Sanderson s books and he s an author I ve been meaning to read for what seems like forever So I decided to pick up his recent young adult work instead of committing to a series with several releases already well, all I can say is that I hope this isn t representative of all his books because Steelheart really disappointed me In my opinion, there is nothing you can get from this book that you can t get from better books about superheroes and supervillains like Vicious and Gone Unless, of course, you are specifically looking for cliched characters, predictable twists and tiresome descriptions of weaponry It was just very meh Sanderson seems to be a competent writer and he starts by setting the opening scene very well It s dramatic, people die, we get a feel for why David wants vengeance all good The story isn t a new idea, it s about certain people called Epics developing superpowers and using those powers to terrorize others and build empires based on fear Then, among all of this, a group of rebels form to try and take down the Epics one by one and reclaim the world they once knew these people are called the Reckoners David seeks to join the Reckoners because he has valuable knowledge that could be the key to bringing down Steelheart and that is what David wants most of all I personally feel like this is a book written by a man for other men Or boys Whatever I ve been lectured for calling various novels boy books in the past I tend to get female readers angrily pounding their chests and asking how dare I suggest that women don t want to read about cars and guns and whatnot And, let me be clear, they were completely right They had every right to be annoyed that I d used the term so carelessly and offensively without fully explaining what I mean Because I do see myself as a feminist and don t feel like men and women have to read certain types of books that suit their gender I feel lucky to have a brother who read Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging and liked it because I recommended it ButThere are books like this that feel specifically catered towards straight male readers Which I guess may not be a bad thing if you are a straight male reader, but as I am not, I struggled to like it For one thing, there are hardly any women in this book Almost all of the big Epics with the snazziest powers are male There is one central female character called Megan two if you count Tia, but I don t and her characterization consists entirely of what a fine piece of ass David thinks she is Of course, many women will still enjoy and have enjoyed this book, just as many women enjoy the old James Bond films But there s something about cardboard cutouts of male wish fulfillment a hero who is so damn perfect, intelligent, and has all the best toys hot ladies and cartoon y Good vs Evil type characters that just never appeals to me You can get superheroes, science and fast paced action scenes in books likeGoneby Michael Grant, but withdetailed, complex characters that don t feel like stereotypes You can get a farsophisticated exploration of Good vs Evil inViciousby Victoria Schwab I would recommend either of those over this sigh Maybe Mr Sanderson just isn t for me