Book Review: Steelheart (YA)

Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Goodreads Summary:
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 ā€” 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 ā€” and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

My Review:
I enjoyed this book, but I didn’t NEED to be reading it, ya know? David witnessed his father’s murder when he was 8 years old. He was killed by Steelheart, one of the world’s Epics, humans who gained super powers when Calamity, a comet like-burst, occurred in the sky. David has dedicated the last 10 years to studying Epics. He’s determined to join the Reckoners, the only group fighting these evil, controlling monsters. He wants revenge on Steelheart.

Pretty heavy stuff, right? Surprisingly, I felt little emotion while reading this book. Maybe it was just me. I’m not really sure. I liked David’s character well enough, and once he joins the Reckoners, I enjoyed several of those characters as well, but I just didn’t feel overly attached to anyone. I wanted more emotional displays by the characters or emotional connection between them at least. I think I wanted more of a “girl” story. I’ve mentioned before that male main characters don’t work as well for me, and I think it is this lack of emotion that causes that.

The world building is awesome, and because it’s based on the real world, it was pretty easy to follow. Not the high fantasy I was fearing going into a Brandon Sanderson book. And the plot was pretty steady. It reminded me of a super hero movie – which I should have loved because I love Marvel movies. But the action was a little hard to follow in print sometimes. Maybe audio would have been better? I’m not sure.

Sorry this review isn’t very decisive. It’s probably more of a “it’s not you, it’s me” kind of thing with this book, but I just didn’t love. I’m undecided about the sequels. The ending was pretty amazing!

My Rating: 3 Stars
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I read this book as part of my new author challenge. The verdict is still out. I didn’t love Brandon Sanderson’s writing, but I didn’t hate it. I feel like I need to read at least one more book before I decide. Maybe it’ll be Firefight. We’ll see.

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  1. Okay, first off I don't hate you for not loving this. I understand. If you want to try more Sanderson I won't go to Firefight. That series is very different for him. It's his only YA and the voice is very different. I love David but I can understand why you might not. If you want to read something else from him then try Mistborn, it has a female main character and is much more "Sandersonian" in it's tone. If you don't like that then we might have to reconsider my not hating you feelings (kidding).
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

  2. I started this on audio and couldn't get into it – but I have a knee-jerk reaction to kids being killed off just to move the plot forward, and the beginning was just much too violent for me. I really enjoyed The Rithmatist by Sanderson, though.

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