“Don’t betray that trust, son. Keep your impulses in check. Don’t just act because you can; act because it’s the right thing to do. If you keep that in mind, you’ll be all right.”
Published: 26th September 2013
Pages: 400 Series: Reckoners #1
Score: 5 out of 5
Synopsis taken from Amazon:
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 have one word for this book – wow! Just wow! I absolutely loved it, every. single. word. It is the first novel I have read by this author, and it certainly won’t be my last. Brandon Sanderson – I salute you!
This is a YA fantasy novel in which average human beings have gained super powers, after some sort of chemical reaction in the sky (think misfits/heroes). These ‘super humans’ are known as Epics, rulers and dictators not afraid to kill and cause havoc. The protagonist, David, longs to join the reckoners – an elite force of people attempting to take the Epics down – every last one of them.
David, is a wonderfully awkward 18 year old and our narrator. He is witty and comical – he struggles to use appropriate metaphors in conversation, conveying this geeky – and particularly awkward – persona. One of my favourites:
“It’s like a banana farm for guns!”
I enjoyed reading the book through his eyes. The Reckoners are a great bunch of misfits. Megan, Cody, Tia, Prof and Abraham all have their individual quirks and issues. Not one of them has the same voice, Sanderson has managed to give each of them their own personality – some superb character development here, a great balance.
Superheroes, powers and marvellous inventions too. Brandon Sanderson has created motorcycles with gravatonics and hand tensors that can vaporise buildings amongst other high tech, fantastical equipment. Everything is so vivid that it truly makes you believe that it’s all real.
The world is so dark and eerie yet picturesque. The attention to detail is fantastic, I really felt like I was walking the understreets or in the elevator shaft with them! The setting is wonderfully ‘real’ yet completely fictional. I loved seeing parts of the world unfold as much as I did the plot.
Now, the storyline – genius, absolute genius. Steelheart has a totally unpredictable plot that had me guessing all the way to the last page. Full of action, suspense, twists, turns and revelations. Hang in there, it is a fast ride! I loved the fact that there was a slight peak of romance, but it was not at all gushy or ‘insta-loved’. Thank you Brandon Sanderson, finally – more action, less romance – this makes me a happy girl!
Overall, I cannot praise this book enough. A fantastic novel that left me literally on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. I am gutted that the second book is not out yet. I will be purchasing The Mistborn Trilogy as soon as possible, to fill the void in the meantime.
‘Read this book now! A YA fantasy novel full of superheroes, villains, actions and surprises. Writing so vivid that you believe it is all real, a book that will keep you guessing the whole way through. I hope you like surprises!’