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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The Lost Entwife, September 20, 2013 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
My love for Brandon Sanderson's writing is not a secret. Basically, when I see that Sanderson has a new book, like Steelheart, coming out, my heart pitter-patters happily and my fingers make an instinctive grabby movement - even when I know that the copy of the book I'm about to request is an electronic one. Then...when the approval comes through from the publisher, I torture myself a little bit and put it on the back burner where it sits until close to release time, calling my name, begging me to push the button and bring it up on the screen in front of me.
Do you know what the best part of this story is?
I am never disappointed. Never. Sanderson is one of the most solid writers out there - extremely consistent, always entertaining, always good for a solid, fantastic magic system that will make the fantasy lover in me squeal with glee and dance around in circles, wishing I could shoot sprinkles and sparkly bits from my fingertips as I do so.
Yeah, I love fantasy and I love Sanderson.
So now that my geeking has taken its course, let's talk about Steelheart. First, this is not your typical fantasy novel. It's urban fantasy with a distinct comic-book feel. Except, I'm not that much of a comic book fan (I enjoy them but prefer more words and imagination to pictures) so this was the perfect meld of comic-book geekery and fantasy-wordiness. I have to admit, I never thought I'd be reading a book by Sanderson that featured SUPERVILLAINS and ... maybe, possibly.. SUPERHEROES. This is a book for the ages. This is a book I can send to my nieces and nephews and be like.. GUYS CHECK THIS OUT and they will love it. Why? Because it has every single ingredient required for the perfect superpower story.
Evil Villain - Check
Death of a Family Member - Check
Seemingly Impossible Odds - Check
Fantastic weaponry and gadgets - Double Check
Revenge Storyline - Check
Touch of Romance - Check
Major Plot Twist - Check
Yup. It's all there. So what are you waiting for? Pre-Order. Trust me, this is one that not only adults will enjoy but your teens and pre-teens as well. Keep the tissues handy though - trust me... you'll need them when you get to the end of the book and realize you have to wait for the next one to come out.
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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.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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 12up. Agent: Eddie Schneider, JABberwocky Literary Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
by Booklist, Starred Review,
"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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