Thursday, February 4, 2016

Steelheart (The Reckoners Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart is the first book in the fantasy and sci-fi YA trilogy The Reckoners. 12 years ago, Calamity appeared in the sky, a bright red star or comet. It gave regular people superpowers, and they were called Epics. 10 years ago, when David was 8 years old, the ruler Steelheart ended his father's life. Ever since, David has kept many notes and journals on every Epic he has ever seen, recording their weaknesses and everything about them. Armed with this information, David is ready for revenge on Steelheart and has a plan, but he can't do it alone.

The only people who fight Epics are the Reckoners, a group that wants justice. They are not exactly accepting applications, but David has information that nobody has. Along with weaknesses of almost every Epic there is, David has seen Steelheart (who is supposed to be invincible) bleed.

Steelheart is pretty much Superman as a villain. They have the same powers, however the weakness is different. He made an interesting villain, and his weakness was very surprising when they finally figured it out.

I loved David. He was so determined and never gave up. He is such a funny character, and even with all the anger in him, he still gets a laugh here and there. He walked into danger instead of away from it, even more so than the Reckoners. David is obsessed with metaphors, almost as much as he is with Steelheart. His metaphors are so unpredictable and hilarious. My favorite was "like a brick made of porridge." It's something you would never think of, but with David's funny explanation, it made sense. While this could be used for comedy purposes, it actually helped explain how the character felt.

I highly recommend you read this book. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, Firefight.


Title: Steelheart (The Reckoners Book 1)
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Ember
Pages: 384 Pages
Series: Yes, book 1
Rating: 5 Stars
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