Delacorte Press | Hardcover, 386 pages
Publication Date: September 24th, 2013
Young Adult | Science Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
I’ve always been a fan of superhero books. There is something thrilling about characters who save those who are oppressed; brandishing extraordinary powers that only Stan Lee can write in his sleep. Steelheart features a brand new taste of the extraordinary. From illusionists who can manipulate what you can see, to an indestructible being able to withstand ammunitions of every kind, this book is just the kind of read I look for in a superhero novel.
Ten years ago, an event called Calamity struck; an explosion that gave ordinary humans powers that are unheard of. Those that weren’t affected called them Epics. They are no heroes, however. Humans being the weaker species, were dominated easily, hence creating a new world order where the Epics rule the world. United States of America was divided, ruled by the most dominant Epic who managed to overcome a weaker one. In the place that once was Chicago, Steelheart is the most feared of them all. It is said that he can’t be beat, can’t be harmed. But there’s one person who bore witness to his possible demise; a human with the extraordinary taste for revenge.
David saw his father’s death in the hands of Steelheart. His father, who had false hopes that not all Epics are evil. Ever since then, David made it his lot in life to live, breathe and die of studying the Epics. He knows them like the back of his hand; knows their weaknesses, their triggers. All he needed is to get recruited to the underground fighters whose aim is to rid of the world of Epics. But it won’t be easy as Reckoners are hard to track. When he managed to infiltrate the inexorably covert group, he would be tested over and over again to prove his worth.
This book is relentless action and suspense with a world that was viscerally well imagined. Brandon Sanderson, being known for his epic fantasy novels, managed to create one that is admittedly less daunting than most of his work. But it is no less fantasy-like.
It was such a delight to discover each of his characters’ powers; as much as it was to find their “anti-bodies”, if you will. David, through years of his obsessive study of the enemy, knows each of the Epics’ kryptonite. All except for Steelheart. Much of the novel was dedicated to finding his weakness and David trying to prove his worth to the Reckoners.
Above all things, David is a teen with hormones, and we’ll see him – not so much as obsessing over Megan – but continually being drawn in with her beauty. The flow of his thoughts vacillate between how hot Megan is and what he would do when he gets the chance to be near Steelheart. This is not as annoying as it sounds, however. I thought David was a perfect interpretation of a post pubescent boy governed by hormones and an almost hero-like worship of the Reckoners.
Buy a copy.