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"Where there are villains, there will be heroes," David's father promises in the opening scene of Steelheart. But will the Reckoners overcome the evil Epics to provide a peaceful future in post-apocalyptic Chicago? If you liked the Mistborn series, you need to check out Sanderson's latest book.
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson, comes the first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series — Steelheart.

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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"On the heels of his YA debut, The Rithmatist, Sanderson opens another series for teens with an ultraviolent yet playful entry into the superhero genre. More than a decade ago, a mysterious event known as Calamity created Epics — powerful beings straight out of the comics, complete with both incredible abilities (invulnerability, illusion, transmutation) and silly weaknesses (smoke, UV light, being attacked by someone exactly 37 years old). Thus far, the Epics appear to be wholly corrupt, with villains rising up to subjugate humans and take over the world. David's father was killed by a ruthless Epic named Steelheart, and David, now 18, has waited 10 years for revenge, certain that he holds the key to Steelheart's weakness. Hooking up with a ragtag group of rebel Epic-killers, David and crew knock off Steelheart's subordinates and lure him out. Although readers may not be surprised at the twists that arise, the near-constant action, Sanderson's whiz-bang imaginings, and a fully realized sense of danger (the brutal opening scene alone will hook many) make this an absolute page-turner. Ages 12–up. Agent: Eddie Schneider, JABberwocky Literary Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance; it’s a formula that sucks readers into the prologue, slings them through one tension-filled encounter after the other, and then, at the strange and marginally hopeful conclusion, leaves them panting for the sequel, Firefight, due in 2014." Booklist, Starred Review

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson is the author of the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy, and he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. He lives and writes in Utah. To learn more about Brandon and his book, visit him at brandonsanderson.com.

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Dustin Tran, February 12, 2014 (view all comments by Dustin Tran)
Steelheart is an epic high-fantasy superhero novel that will make you feel fourteen again. The story is packed with bold action sequences, futuristic weapons, a clever cast of characters, and a new magic/hero system that will surprise any fan of the genre. If you are already a fan of Brandon Sanderson, you will be soon.
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Beverly B, November 13, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Part mystery, mostly science fiction, a little bit coming-of-age and completely action-packed, Steelheart is the rare novel that has something for every reader. Who/what are the Epics? Where did they come from? What do they want? If they really are super-humans, why can't they be stopped? These are the questions David has been secretly researching since Steelheart, the most powerful and violent Epic, killed his father when David was just a young boy. David was supposed to die, too, and if Steelheart finds out David is alive, he will hunt David down. That doesn't stop David from joining the most successful resistance group. David has made himself an expert on the Epics (therefore a huge target) just so he can avenge his father's murder. The action starts on the first page and builds non-stop until the nail-biting climax that lasts for almost the entire last 1/3rd of the book. The small band of rebels are all interesting, unique and not a cliche sci-fi character in the bunch. Although obviously the first in a series, author Brandon Sanderson wisely avoids the all too common quagmire of introducing too many characters, too many conflicts and too many sub-plots that go nowhere. The rising action of Steelheart is as focused as its protagonist. Not even a potential romance with the unflappable and sassy Megan can distract David from his mission to kill Steelheart. Readers, teen and adult, will be excited to find out what David and his fellow rebels will plan next
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mistershake2099, October 9, 2013 (view all comments by mistershake2099)
This is a book for children in the worst way.
The cliches are rampant. The jokes fall flat. The characters' emotions are portrayed so ham-handedly that I could not relate to any of them no matter how hard I tried. The major plot events that, I assume, were meant to be revealed grandly were so predictable that I had successfully deduced them all by the time I was half way through the book.
The reading level of this book is embarrassingly low even for, I believe, those within the intended age group.
I love Brandon Sanderson's work. The Mistborn trilogy and Way of Kings are some of the best books I've read in recent memory. I wanted to like Steelheart, but it is just not a good book. I could go into specifics, but then this review would become long in a way such that no one would read it and also delve into the territory of spoilers.

I couldn't give it a '1' though, since it is still a better love story than Twilight.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385743563
Author:
Sanderson, Brandon
Publisher:
Delacorte Press
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Publication Date:
20130924
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.43 x 6.61 x 1.45 in 1.345 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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"Staff Pick" by ,

"Where there are villains, there will be heroes," David's father promises in the opening scene of Steelheart. But will the Reckoners overcome the evil Epics to provide a peaceful future in post-apocalyptic Chicago? If you liked the Mistborn series, you need to check out Sanderson's latest book.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "On the heels of his YA debut, The Rithmatist, Sanderson opens another series for teens with an ultraviolent yet playful entry into the superhero genre. More than a decade ago, a mysterious event known as Calamity created Epics — powerful beings straight out of the comics, complete with both incredible abilities (invulnerability, illusion, transmutation) and silly weaknesses (smoke, UV light, being attacked by someone exactly 37 years old). Thus far, the Epics appear to be wholly corrupt, with villains rising up to subjugate humans and take over the world. David's father was killed by a ruthless Epic named Steelheart, and David, now 18, has waited 10 years for revenge, certain that he holds the key to Steelheart's weakness. Hooking up with a ragtag group of rebel Epic-killers, David and crew knock off Steelheart's subordinates and lure him out. Although readers may not be surprised at the twists that arise, the near-constant action, Sanderson's whiz-bang imaginings, and a fully realized sense of danger (the brutal opening scene alone will hook many) make this an absolute page-turner. Ages 12–up. Agent: Eddie Schneider, JABberwocky Literary Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance; it’s a formula that sucks readers into the prologue, slings them through one tension-filled encounter after the other, and then, at the strange and marginally hopeful conclusion, leaves them panting for the sequel, Firefight, due in 2014."
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