Monday, February 10, 2014

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

from goodreads: 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 will.

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 was expecting another of Sanderson's amazing epic fantasies, but was pleasantly surprised to find this story was completely different. I was drawn very quickly into this world, and was hooked by the suspense and quick pace.

The premise of this book is very interesting--what would you do if you suddenly inherited super powers? Sanderson's characters all use their new power to their advantage...ruling cities and crushing people who oppose them. The characters felt real. Sanderson obviously put quite a bit of thought into creating unique villains with unique powers and abilities. As a mom to teenage boys, I've been introduced to just about every type of comic book hero and villain, and the powers they posses. But Sanderson's characters were believably real, and their powers felt that they could have been possible.

Sanderson has created a very thought provoking and realistic world. I could easily see the Reckoners running through the streets of Chicago. There were good plot twists that I didn't see coming, which made it fun. And the aspect I like the best about Sanderson's writing? IT'S CLEAN. Squeaky clean. I love being able to recommend this book to anyone without any reservations.

Rating: 4
Published: 9.2013
Age: 13+

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