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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart (Reckoners #1)
by Brandon Sanderson
Delacorte Press (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-385-74356-3
Buy from Indigo
Release Date: September 24, 2013

Description: 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.



The Good Stuff
  • Nice to see a male protagonist, so many of the YA genre is geared towards female readers
  • Fast paced and actually quite funny at times
  • Really enjoyed David as a character.  I took a instant liking to him and almost felt maternal towards him 
  • Will appeal to the reluctant reader
  • Nice character development
  • Again would like to mention the humour.  Perfectly used in exactly the right moments
  • Really wasn't expecting to like it as Sanderson is known as a Fantasy writer and that really isn't my genre, but I was totally hooked in right away
  • The whole central message about doing the right thing really appealed to me and wasn't done in a preachy way
  • Can't wait for the next installment
  • Cody is such a delightful character and adds a nice light touch to what could be a very dark story
  • One of the main characters is Canadian
  • David's father reminded me so much of my Dad
  • Secondary characters are very multidimensional  not just filler, you want to know more about their back stories
  • David, while mature, acts very much like a gangly teen at times which is extremely refreshing 
  • Nice banter between the characters

The Not So Good Stuff
  • I was a tad confused at times
  • Some contradictions
  • Almost put it down due to the descriptions of an infant being killed.  I know, I know but I can't handle that shit
Favorite Quotes/Passage

"Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

"She can shoot like a dream, and she carries tiny grenades in her top, a bit of my addled mind thought. I think I might be in love."

"It's good  for you to think of this, son. Ponder. Worry. Stay up nights, frightened for the casualties of your ideology. It will do you good to realized the price of fighting."

"Your father believed the best about people," Prof said. "You could call that foolish, but I'd never call it a fault."

4 Dewey's

I picked up a copy of this at BookExpo America 2013

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