Thursday 21 August 2014

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson


Steelheart (Reckoners #1)
Written by Brandon Sanderson
pages: 386
Publisher: Orion Books, 2013

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 was a fun yet not exactly light hearted read. There were parts that made me giggle and parts than made you think. I liked this Combination, it was a nice twist to most YA novels which never really delve into anything to deep. Steelheart was based on a very neat concept of bad super heroes, least that's how I saw them as. I liked this because it didn't just make it your average Super Hero book. There were the super hero like bad guys running the city and the rebels called the Reckoners going round killing off lower level bad superheros. As per normal Brandon has written some awesome fight scenes in this book, often containing motor vehicles, guns and technology that no body else has access to apart from the rebel group its self. The new technology makes for some cool wonder worthy missions were they leave a wake of confused people.

Brandon Sanderson has created the character David who is pretty much on a revenge mission he spends his whole life working on. In all honesty I didn't like his character very much, he was okay but not my favorite by a long shot. He was quite annoying and did allot of things that could of put the team in a lot of risk because he did things with out talking to the others, although his quick thinking did save him and the team a few times. One thing I did like about him was along side revenge his other obsession was metaphors which he really wasn't very good at making up so this made for some very comical lines both the metaphors them self's and him getting mocked for how bad they are. The other main source of entertainment was Cody a crazy Scotsman who told made up story's and talks about ear demons telling him to eat other peoples food.

At the end of the book there are some of the best plot twists I have read in a while. I love plot twists there good because most of the time I don't expect them to happen. its nice not guessing whats gonna happen next all the time, particularly since this was a young adult novel. Overall I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone but real girly girls. I think young boys would get a kick out of it in particular.

4.5 out of 5 Stars

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