Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson was one of those middle of the road books that is so hard to review. I enjoyed it but found enough wrong with it that I can’t give it a glowing review. I did find the premise interesting and the characters compelling, but I also found that it was rather immature at times and repetitive. I also found that a lot of the plot was not explained which was a bit of a frustration, because it did have a lot of potential and Sanderson’s writing style is…well epic.


Sanderson’s THE RECKONING series revolves around a world gone awry. An unknown event has struck the world and created humans called Epics. Each epic has a special power, some are more epic than others. What they all have in common is that with the powers come a detachment from any kind of moral fortitude, hatred and murderous. The worst of the lot is Steelheart. He’s taken over Newcago and kills anything in his path, including the main character, David’s father. Now David is bent on vengeance. He’s dedicated his entire life to finding Steelheart’s weakness and to kill him, he needs the help of The Reckoners to act out his plan. Within the Reckoners are some fun characters that I really liked, but also some obviously predictable ones, along with David’s love interest.

I found the romance to be the immature part of the story, the character is an almost eighteen-year-old, but he was very childish and the humor was a little silly. At first the bad metaphors were funny, but then they got overplayed. I also had some issues with the basis of the story, the Epics had no rhyme or reason, or any explanation or rules of “how” they could do things. I like plausible situations. What would give humans the power to turn everything into steel? Like how does that happen? That sort of thing.

Overall, I was being constantly recommended this book. Every time I read a “must read” dystopian list The Reckoners series came up. Unfortunately, I found it to be mediocre at best. I was hoping to find the next great series…but found a series that I doubt I will go past book one with. Good, but I want great.

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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Series: The Reckoners #1
Narrator: MacLeod Andrews
Published by Delacorte Press on September 24th 2013
ISBN: 0385743564
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 386

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.

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