This book was sent to me by the publisher for review consideration. This is no way swayed my opinion.
Wow. Wow. Wow. I do not say this lightly. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson is one of those rare books that is immediately fascinating from the first page. It begins with a flashback recounted by the protagonist David from when he was 8 years old. It does a fantastic job of introducing the reader to the state of the world and the Epics who’ve destroyed it. Epics are similar to superheroes but none of them use their powers for good. They’ve overthrown all forms of government because no one can control them or have any chance of stopping them without knowing their one unique weakness and they show no remorse for killing normal humans. In the flashback, we also learn why it’s become the protagonists sole purpose in life to exact revenge on an Epic named Steelheart.
Like any nation where the mass population is not looked out for, a group of rebellious citizens have banded together with one goal: kill Epics. They strategically plan their hits and they never stay in one city for long. Their existence is a rumor but David has spent so much time tracking them that he manages to cross paths with them when they visit Newcago. The way that David tells the story is part of why I loved it so much. David is only 18 so his youthful sense of hope and believing in being able to do the seemingly impossible shines through in all of his decisions. He’s both clever and fearless and his understanding of the world has mostly been learned from books. Also, his inability to craft proper metaphors is very charming. I can honestly say that there was never a dull moment or lull in the plot while reading. All of the minor characters were fully developed and while most didn’t like to offer tidbits of their past, they all had such unique personalities that you could get a sense of where they came from.
If you enjoy reading about superheroes and you’ve thought about what it might be like if they actually existed, Steelheart is the perfect read. I’m so happy the second book is out already because I don’t think I would be able to wait to find out what’s going to happen next. I am so charmed by this underdog story and I constantly found myself rooting for the average people to emerge triumphant. Brandson Sanderson really gets how to craft a story and I’m definitely going to be picking up everything else he’s written. Before researching more about him, I hadn’t realized that he took over the Wheel of Time series for Robert Jordan.
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. (via Goodreads)