Steelheart by Brandon SandersonSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart

byBrandon Sanderson

Paperback | September 23, 2014

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The #1 New York Times bestseller from Brandon Sanderson, the author of Oathbringer, 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.

   How far would you go for revenge if someone killed your father?
   If someone destroyed your city?
   If everything you ever loved was taken from you?
   David Charleston will go to any lengths to stop Steelheart. But to exact revenge in Steelheart’s world, David will need the Reckoners—a shadowy group of rebels bent on maintaining justice.
   And it turns out that the Reckoners might just need David too.
   Look for book two in the Reckoners series, Firefight, available now.

Praise for the Reckoners series

#1 New York Times Bestselling 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.” —EW.com
 
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 ...
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Title:SteelheartFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.31 × 5.41 × 0.85 inPublished:September 23, 2014Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385743572

ISBN - 13:9780385743570

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Action packed I read this book in grade 7 and I would recommend it for anybody grade 6-10. The storyline is very straight forward and doesn't overlap much and it's a bit long in my opinion but the ending keeps you reading and so does a tiny bit of romance.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great author Another creative and original story from a great author! Would be a full five stars but I found the teen romance part a little boring
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book!!! This book is amazing, I don't generally read but I couldn't put this book down!
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Entertaining with a cool concept
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Another great book by a great author!!
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really cool Though I found this book to have a predictable story line, I enjoyed the new concepts. Good read!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This was so good! I loved reading it but I'm also not sure I want to continue with the series? I kinda like it as a stand alone for some reason. In any case it was really great and I would recommend checking it out.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious and enticing This book was a phenomenal read. The first few chapters are a bit dull compared to others, but it is well worth the wait. I quickly read through the action-packed scenes, which never left out a single detail. The twists and turns of the plot left me in shock for long periods of time. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a dystopian read, yet is tired of the same old story line.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good!! I found this to be a truly unique spin on superpowers and the implications of having them. Dystopian, too, but far removed from the rest of the dytopian ilk out there at the moment. This is an action packed, fast paced read and I loved it!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely Awesome I started reading Steelheart, and I couldn't stop, the characters are great and so is the storyline. The overall series is amazing.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Entertaining If you are looking for a face-paced, action-heavy, quick read with fantasy elements, this book is for you. I was thoroughly entertained the entire book and got sucked into the world. The characters are fun and dynamic, and the idea of these super humans corrupted by their powers is really interesting. Sometimes, you just want to have fun reading a book and that's what this delivers. Besides, who doesn't love a good underdog story?
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Epic Read the world-building is just perfect, and I love David and Cody's characters. Very good twists at the end!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Epic This book has a lot of turns and very good world-building. 9/10
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A ride from start to finish Wow. I feel a little bit like I just walked out of an amazing Blockbuster action movie. That's what this book felt like, from start to finish. Was it a bit corny sometimes? Maybe. Was it heavy on the gunslinging and explosions? Yes. Were the twists transparent - not that you necessarily knew what they were, but could predict exactly what kind of plot device would be used here and there? Pretty much. But was it absolutely and completely - no other word for it - awesome? Yes My favorite part of this was definitely David. Being in his head was amazing. The running metaphor gag had me cracking up out loud at times. His nerdiness and intensity towards his goal was awesome. It helped that he was a big gun-and-superhero nerd, so, actually useful. He got stuff done, he'd done his homework, he took risks. I was cheering him every step of the way, even when he made a complete fool of himself, especially when he made a complete fool of himself. This image I had in my head at the beginning of an awesome, hot, vigilante-type guy was quickly eroded, not by any physical description, but by his personality and the way he interacted with everyone. Now, I see him as this nondescript, maybe scrawny, wickedly witty and oh-so-capable intense doofus. I'm kinda in love with him. The concept was really cool. Normal people fighting against the superheroes? Awesome. A serious case of rooting for the underdog. It raised all these questions about power and humanity and revenge and all sorts of complicated themes, while simultaneously shocking and tugging at your heartstrings. I feel like I just came off a roller coaster where my seat buddy in the seat next to me was super cute and really funny and maybe took his seat belt off and stood up at one point. Yeah. Bad metaphors are awesome.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Superhero Book Ever This book was freaking AMAZING! There's a ton of action, the characters are layered, diverse, and complicated, the powers are cool, and the twists are wild. I couldn't get enough! HUGE recommend!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! I really really really loved this book. The details of everything makes it easy to imagine the type of world it is and the type of characters, it feels like you're a part of everything that's happening. The plot is great, this book is definitely a page turner. I finished it so fast because I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the rest of the series
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read This book was recommended by an associate of Indigo's. I wanted something a little different than the my usual books of angels, monsters and demons. I was thrilled. This has everything that I enjoy in a fantasy book: action, hero's and their arch enemies and the rush of suspense. I could see this as a great t.v series!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book of 2014 This book is just absolutely amazing, it's mind-blowing. All I had to do was read the front cover and I was hooked. Then I read the prologue and I was completely pulled-in with no way of getting out even if I wanted to. The plot is so typical but also very original in many ways, changing our whole perception on the idea of superheroes and how our world would be changed by their coming. The writing was incredible and I loved how it felt like I was watching a movie the whole time. This book made you think and I think it's really good for books to do that because you get to discover stuff and wonder along with the characters. I enjoyed how something was going on in every chapter because I was never bored and it was really cool to read about all the behind the scenes stuff the Reckoners do. I actually teared up a few times which I didn't expect since I thought it was just an action-packed book, which it is but it's so much more than that. The plot twists were insane and so out of the blue that you didn't see them coming but you kind of did anyway and even if you didn't, it all made perfect sense. The ending was a whirlwind. All of the action leading up to it with all of those revelations were like fireworks. I'm glad that the ending wasn't completely tied off and left so many more questions and mysteries to be solved in the next books which I hope involves more information about Calamity. All of the characters were relatable, funny, and just blended perfectly together and they had such a great family dynamic even though none of them were related at all. David is a kick-ass character. He's definitely one of my favourite male characters: he's hilariously lame with all of his metaphors but his quick thinking and overall knowledge about the Epics leaves you stunned. Even though he's only 18, he's already been through so much yet he's still so determined for revenge. Plus he's a nerd who's extremely curious and incredibly awkward which is always adorable. I was just blown away with his character and how humble and caring he is. All of the other characters are really great as well. Especially Cody who never failed to make me laugh. Even the villians were great in their own "I'm going to take over the world and do whatever I want" way of theirs.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not too shabby! I admit, the beginning sort of dragged on quite a bit. However, once the story picked up, I could NOT put the book down! If you're someone who doesn't give up on books too easily and is interested in a confusing yet genius storyline, read away!
Date published: 2016-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Semi-Original but mostly Superheroes This was my first introduction to Brandon Sanderson and it sparked my interest in reading the rest of his novels. I thought the pacing, the storyline, and the world building were all great. I did think some of the main characters fell kind of flat to me, but that might have been because I loved Megan so much. However, all the characters were well-rounded and complex, which is extremely important. I really enjoyed this novel. It was how I would imagine comic books coming into real life would be. I didn't mind the explanation of the science behind the Epics and how they are able to do some of the things they can do, although there was some skimming over the science that "can't be explained", which seemed like lazy writing to me. Either everything gets explained because there is science behind it or nothing does because it is just a random phenomenon. The action sequences and quick thinking by the characters were the best parts of the novel. There were many times that I was sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next only to be thrown into a huge action sequence that left me holding my breath until it was over. I also liked that the whole novel kept you guessing about what could possibly kill Steelheart even if I wasn't too thrilled about what th end result was. Megan was by far my favourite character in the novel. She had more complexity to her than the rest of the characters put together. She might have had different motives, but her opinions were still spot on. Especially when she was critical of taking down Steelheart because some of the other areas in this new United States weren't as well-off as Chicago was. It raised an interesting point that a lot of dystopian novels miss: what if taking down the leadership isn't the best option. But Steelheart got into the debate about how complacent people should be and what is more important: stability under a dictator or chaos that comes with the freedom. The other characters, especially David, fell kind of flat for me. They all had interesting reasons for being with the Reckoners but their stories weren't as compelling to me as Megan's was. Except maybe Prof. If the next book explores them more, I will probably become attached to them. I hope that David takes a spiral downward and starts killing a lot more. It would be nice to see a darker side of him. This was a really good starting point for me for the series and I am excited to read the rest. I think the premise is creative and semi-original and fairly well-executed by Sanderson. I have the novella Mitosis waiting to be read next, so that will be moved up on my "To Be Read" pile! Overall: 3/5 stars for the semi-originality and Megan.
Date published: 2015-08-06

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   "Action-packed."—EW.com   “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“An absolute page-turner."”—Publishers Weekly"A straight-up Marvel Comics-style action drama."—Kirkus ReviewsFrom the Hardcover edition.