Steelheart by Brandon SandersonSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson


byBrandon Sanderson

Hardcover | September 24, 2013

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The #1 New York Times bestseller that James Dashner called “fantastic,” with “relentless” suspense and an “explosive” climax from Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy. And don’t miss the rest of the Reckoners series: Firefight and Calamity!
   Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary people extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.
   Epics are no friends of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man, you must crush his will.
   Now, in what was once Chicago, an astonishingly powerful Epic named Steelheart has installed himself as emperor. Steelheart possesses the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said that no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, and no fire can burn him. He is invincible. Nobody fights back . . . nobody but the Reckoners.
   A shadowy group of ordinary humans, the Reckoners spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in.
   When Steelheart came to Chicago, he killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David has been studying, and planning, and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
   He has seen Steelheart bleed.
   And he wants revenge.

Praise for the Reckoners Series:

#1 New York Times Bestselling Series

“The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive.” —James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series

Another win for Sanderson . . . he’s simply a brilliant writer. Period.” —Patrick Rothfuss, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind
Action-packed.” —
Compelling. . . . Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store.” —The A.V. Club
Brandon Sanderson is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Reckoners series: Steelheart, Firefight, and Calamity, as well as the internationally bestselling books in the Stormlight Archive and the Mistborn trilogy. He was also chosen to complete Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series. His books have been published in ...
Title:SteelheartFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.31 × 6.44 × 1.25 inPublished:September 24, 2013Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385743564

ISBN - 13:9780385743563

Best Books of 2013


Rated 4 out of 5 by from fantastic read This was an impulsive purchase on my part and it turned out to be a excellent impulse, that doesn't always happen with an author that I am unfamiliar with. It is a unique take on the superhero/villain genre where the heroes and the villains are often one and the same, think Jekyll and Hyde for some of the characters. I look forward to reading the next exciting installment.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast and unique story with great writing This book was very good, it was fast and easy to read and I felt like the author had really put a lot of thought into the whole thing. Love the writing too. Great worldbuilding and the characters had distinctive voices and overall I definitely like it. I did find it a bit hard to get into at first, but after few chapters it held my interest. At first I did feel like I was reading some sort of X-Men fan-fiction and that did put me off a bit, but after I got over that feeling it all went a lot better. One thing that kind of bugs me a bit after finishing it, is that I can’t remember the name of the main character. I do remember him being called Knees by the girl, Megan. I also remember the other members of the Reckoners: Tia, Cody, Jon (Prof), A… (?? I want to sat Amadeus, but I am pretty sure that’s wrong). So, apparently I forgot the name of the guy that starts with an A too, but in my defense I am usually bad with names. However, that was not the important part though, what I tried to point out was that I don’t feel like it’s a good thing to forget the main character.Was he not unique enough? Was his name not mentioned a lot? Or is it just me? I don’t see why I can’t remember the name of the guy I spend yesterday reading about. I don’t want to put down the rating of book because of it since it’s a very good book and with a nice plot and a great ending. I am a bit sad that it didn’t stick better than it did and even with the nice ending and the hook if left me with, I don’t feel the need to jump into the sequel right away. And I would have wanted to feel that. I do love the main character’s voice even if I can’t remember his name, I think he’s so funny and just adorable and nerdy in such a perfect way. It’s a dark story with a lot of emotions and sadness, but the author still manages to bring out glimpses of happiness and there are lots of jokes and funny moments that makes me smile. I like that. So the conclusion is that I don’t want to say that this is the best book I’ve ever read, but it’s the best in quite a while and I do recommend it to everyone interested in this kind of genre, which I would put as an YA Sci-Fi.
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Steelhead by Brian Sanderson The first book in a series. Steelhead takes us to a world where there are super powered people, but they are the bad guys. No Spiderman or Green Lantern here. As a comic book person, I thought that I wouldn't like this book, but Sanderson did a good job with the concept. A good read!
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Steelheart Lots of twists and turns in the storyline kept this interesting. I'm looking forward to reading the sequal.
Date published: 2015-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing great or a lit circle It was a great book i highly reccomend it every chapter i had more questions than were answered
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Action packed page-turner Great premise, great execution. I flew through this book. It was very entertaining. It's a nice twist on the superhero genre.
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Steelheart Weak closing, characterization often shallow, but an interesting plot and concept albeit limited in development
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Steelheart Despite the initial premise being a very long stretch for willing suspension of disbelief, the author has executed the story so well that you can't help but become engaged... I will likely read the next in this series not because he has successfully drawn me into this universe but because he has succeeded in getting me invested in the characters
Date published: 2014-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Steelheart Couldn't put it down.... Awesome!!!
Date published: 2014-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I bought this book a while ago and it sat on my self for weeks because I'm not much of a reader, at all in fact this is like the 3rd book I've ever finished myself. I started reading it because I needed something to do and I'm glad I did, reading this I could picture everything that was happening in my head, it may be cliche but it was like a movie in my head. Great for a Young adult, someone who's interested in Science fiction and super powers/ abilities. I am now waiting for the second book to continue this series, and for the time being I'm going to pick up books more often! Great book good story could totally see this as a movie!
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Steelheart Something different, I like that.
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Loved it. Thank you.
Date published: 2014-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A deceptively light read. An easy read. Certainly a good book to recommend to teens and up! However, despite the simplicity of the writing style, this book easily handles advanced concepts and expounds apon them in such a way as to be easily understood by even young readers. Additionally, the author does a good job of adding unorthodox humor to help keep the book light-reading friendly.
Date published: 2014-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent read The characters and story really drew me in. Action packed and exciting from the start with interesting twists throughout. Would have been 5 stars but it was such a quick read it felt like I was just watching a movie. I'm excited for more books in this world.
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read An action packed story I look forward to reading the next installment.
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I don't know what I was expecting So I bought this book after reading Brandon Sanderson s other novels and I have to admit that I'm disappointed. I guess I knew it was teen fiction, but this seems like it would appeal to kids as young as 10. Very basic style as well as the term "epics" sounding like it was taken straight out of a 12 year Olds xmen fan fiction. I am a fan of sandersons work, but this doesn't even feel like it was written by him.
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I don't know what I was expecting Full of excitement and tons of fun. Steelheart keep a steady pace of action and adventure. Normal humans trying to take down evil superheroes.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Steelheart This is a super wonderful exciting book! Totally recommend this to everyone!!!
Date published: 2013-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Steelheart Good set up for a series but not his best work so far.
Date published: 2013-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Steelheart Very interesting story. Superheroes have arrived, people with incredible powers that bend and break natural law with equal glee are here to save the day. Except the villains have shown up first. Actually all of them are villains. Up in the sky it's an energy beam hitting a plane, it's not what we had hoped. Epics rule the world like the big kid on the playground; petty, arrogant and cruel. They have weaknesses that can be exploited to kill them and end their oppression, but their powers seem to have another affect that may be the real key to saving the day.
Date published: 2013-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Popcorn Book Steelheart was a good but not great book. I understand now why it was listed as a Young Adult book even though Brandon Sanderson usually writes for the adult crowd. This is the first Sanderson book I’ve read so I can’t compare it to his fantasy works. The book concept is very interesting. This is a superhero book. Something happens to the world and some people develop powers and they are called Epics. Unfortunately these people are bad and commit crimes and have toppled the government and run everything. A small group of rebels are the heart of the story and their fight back against these Epics. The story itself is good with a nice twist at the end as the mystery of what is going on is revealed. It’s a very action packed book although there is little in terms of character development and some of the writing is cheesy at times. Still I found myself eager to read it. This is more of summer time popcorn, Hollywood blockbuster type of book if I were to compare it to movie. It’s not a movie that would be nominated for an Oscar. 4/5
Date published: 2013-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique take on superheros - perfect for male YA reader The Good Stuff Nice to see a male protagonist, so many of the YA genre is geared towards female readers Fast paced and actually quite funny at times Really enjoyed David as a character. I took a instant liking to him and almost felt maternal towards him Will appeal to the reluctant reader Nice character development Again would like to mention the humour. Perfectly used in exactly the right moments Really wasn't expecting to like it as Sanderson is known as a Fantasy writer and that really isn't my genre, but I was totally hooked in right away The whole central message about doing the right thing really appealed to me and wasn't done in a preachy way Can't wait for the next installment Cody is such a delightful character and adds a nice light touch to what could be a very dark story One of the main characters is Canadian David's father reminded me so much of my Dad Secondary characters are very multidimensional not just filler, you want to know more about their back stories David, while mature, acts very much like a gangly teen at times which is extremely refreshing Nice banter between the characters The Not So Good Stuff I was a tad confused at times Some contradictions Almost put it down due to the descriptions of an infant being killed. I know, I know but I can't handle that stuff Favorite Quotes/Passage "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." "She can shoot like a dream, and she carries tiny grenades in her top, a bit of my addled mind thought. I think I might be in love." "It's good for you to think of this, son. Ponder. Worry. Stay up nights, frightened for the casualties of your ideology. It will do you good to realized the price of fighting." "Your father believed the best about people," Prof said. "You could call that foolish, but I'd never call it a fault." 4 Dewey's I picked up a copy of this at BookExpo America 2013
Date published: 2013-09-04

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the Reckoners series: #1 New York Times Bestselling Series “The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive.” —James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series “Another win for Sanderson . . . he’s simply a brilliant writer. Period.” —Patrick Rothfuss, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind   “Action-packed.” —   “Compelling. . . . Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store.” —The A.V. Club ★“Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high-intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance . . . leaves [readers] panting for the sequel.” —Booklist, Starred“An absolute page-turner."”—Publishers Weekly"A straight-up Marvel Comics-style action drama."—Kirkus Reviews