Steelheart (Reckoners #1), by Brandon Sanderson

4 Superheros are the bad guys stars !?!?!?


I have only read the first two Mistborn books by Brandon Sanderson and loved both.  So I thought I would give this series a try.  What an awesome concept he has in this series.. where does he come up with these ideas??

The Calamity happened and regular men turned into superheros… however the superhero’s are not the good guys.  When these men receive the power it seems to turn them evil.  These Epics aka superhero’s have taken over, however the main leader Steelheart has taken over Newcago.  This is one of the only areas not destroyed by Epics it actually has power and running water.  David our main character is driven by revenge to kill the immortal Steelheart.  Or so you think he is immortal… every Epic has its weakness and David just has to find his.  David decides to join the Reckoners to help him destroy Steelheart. The Reckoners are a group of people who take on the lower level of Epics and are the only people actually fighting back.  However the Reckoners aren’t exactly what he imagined… will he be able to fulfill his revenge?  Or will he just be another victim of Steelheart’s Epic power??

I love, love, love how Brandon Sanderson builds worlds.  While this plot of the weak trumping the strong is not new.  The world building and ideas that went into it were amazing.  I always fall into these worlds he builds wholeheartedly.  I like how when reading his books you can imagine things so easily.  This book was so packed full of nerdiness and action that I felt it wasn’t lacking in any way. I of course want to run out and buy the second book immediately. David’s metaphors were hilarious… or his attempt at metaphors!! Brandon Sanderson makes all of his characters flaws and uniqueness so relate-able you cannot help but love them.

Honestly this was a super fast paced read and really intriguing.  I love how Brandon Sanderson can pull you out of any book funk you might be in.  If you need to break a book slump I highly suggest checking out one of his many books!

Goodreads link is here.


Hardcover, 386 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Delacorte Press
Original Title Steelheart
ISBN 0385743564 (ISBN13: 9780385743563)

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.

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