Steelheart (Reckoners #1)

In YA Book Reviews on August 8, 2014 at 6:36 pm


by Brandon Sanderson

Dystopian/©2013/384 pages/Part of a Series/Recommended for 7th Grade and Above

Publisher’s Comments (Goodreads):

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.

My Thoughts:

Brandon Sanderson has created quite an imaginative new world. The plot is fast paced and action packed, and the ending packs quite a punch. The story is told from David’s viewpoint. He is a bit quirky and not perfect, but he is persistent in his goal.  He likes to improvise to the consternation of his partners, and he loves using metaphors, especially really bad ones. This aspect added much needed lightness to all the intense battle scenes. Overall, it is a fast, satisfying read.

Note: Firefight, Reckoners#2 is out on January 6, 2015

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Mentor Text: Great source for metaphors (good ones and terrible ones!)

Recommended for: fans of: The Maze Runner, Divergent, The Hunger Games, Ready Player One

Other Reviews:

The Book Addict’s Guide

The Book Addict’s Guide (Firefight, The Reckoners #2)


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