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Steelheart

by Brandon Sanderson

Random House Children's Books | September 24, 2013 | Hardcover

Steelheart is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 3.
Buy the #1 New York Times bestselling sequel—Firefight—today!

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, presents Steelheart, the first book in the Reckoners series, an action-packed thrill ride that will leave readers breathless.
   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

“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
 
[STAR] “Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high-intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance…leaves [readers] panting for the sequel.”—Booklist, Starred

"Nuance and complexity alongside the action and intrigue...will have readers counting the days to the final volume."-The Bulletin

“An absolute page-turner."—Publishers Weekly
 
“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

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.43 × 6.5 × 1.25 in

Published: September 24, 2013

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385743564

ISBN - 13: 9780385743563

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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 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

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Steelheart

Steelheart

by Brandon Sanderson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.43 × 6.5 × 1.25 in

Published: September 24, 2013

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385743564

ISBN - 13: 9780385743563

About the Book

The author of the #1 "New York Times"-bestselling Mistborn trilogy begins a new series. At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers. Now, 10 years later, he joins the Reckoners, people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.

From the Publisher

Buy the #1 New York Times bestselling sequel—Firefight—today!

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, presents Steelheart, the first book in the Reckoners series, an action-packed thrill ride that will leave readers breathless.
   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

“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
 
[STAR] “Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high-intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance…leaves [readers] panting for the sequel.”—Booklist, Starred

"Nuance and complexity alongside the action and intrigue...will have readers counting the days to the final volume."-The Bulletin

“An absolute page-turner."—Publishers Weekly
 
“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

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Steelheart and Firefight, the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy and was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Steelheart and Firefight are the first two books in the Reckoners series. He lives and writes in Utah. To learn more about Brandon and his books, visit him at brandonsanderson.com or follow him on Twitter @BrandSanderson.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the Reckoners 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
 
[STAR] “Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high-intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance…leaves [readers] panting for the sequel.”—Booklist, starred
 
"Nuance and complexity alongside the action and intrigue...will have readers counting the days to the final volume."-The Bulletin

“An absolute page-turner."—Publishers Weekly
 
“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