Released September 24, 2013
YA / Fantasy / Superheroes
There are no heroes.
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.
I never had read anything by Brandon Sanderson before though I’d come across his name more times than I could count. He’s one of those authors that people assume I’ve read since I’m such a fan of YA fantasy. He gets showered with accolades and fan praise everywhere I look. So add in that his newest book involved superpowered humans, epic evil and an awesome cover, and I thought it was about time I finally dove into the greatest that was Brandon Sanderson’s fiction.
Sanderson is a really good writer with speedy pacing, vivid characters and the capability of making the fantastical seem probable. He’s also a very stylized writer, which is a great thing for anyone writing fantasy but it’s always hit or miss with a reader on if the “stylization” fits. Unfortunately a lot about Sanderson’s style just didn’t work for me. It started with the relabeling of Chicago to Newcago once it was a city of steel hundreds of feet into the ground and grew as the protagonist went on numerous pointless internal monologues that made me want to slap him in the face.