Series: Reckoners #1
Published by Delacorte on September 24, 2012
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
Steelheart is an intense new young adult novel by Brandon Sanderson. Actually, everyone I’ve spoken with who has ready the prologue of this book has said the same thing: intense. This is a story about a world where the superheroes… weren’t. See, the calamity happened and some people were given these special powers and instead of protecting the rest they become villains. So it was left for a small shadowy group of humans, called the Reckoners, to become the heroes and start taking down the Epics, those humans with special powers. And David wants to be one of them. After all, Steelheart killed his father as well as everyone else who was in that bank ten years ago to hide his secret. Steelheart could bleed, and what can bleed can also be killed, right?
David seeks entry to the Reckoners when they’re in his hometown and with that he sets out to prove that Steelheart can be killed. Not only that, but he has a plan on how to do it. The Reckoners decide to give it a try and they join up.
I think this book proves once again how masterful of a writer Brandon Sanderson is. The writing was amazing, as always, but what got me were the twists and turns and the way the end was both a shock and at the same time… not. Because the hints had been so subtly woven into the story that when the time came it fit so well and made so much sense. Excellent writing and excellent planning at work here.
I find that it’s rare to find a well-written YA book with a male protagonist, so this was a refreshing change of pace, and with it being so full of action I think even a reluctant reader could be persuaded to give it a shot (and then finish it off). An excellent book, and I highly recommend it.