Review: Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson, narrarated by MacLeod Andrews

October 31, 2013 Review 0

Review: Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson, narrarated by MacLeod Andrews

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.

Title: Steelheart
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Reckoners
Narrator: MacLeod Andrews
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
Published by Audible Frontiers, Delacorte Press
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: September 24, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Stars: three-stars

Steelheart was an audiobook read. I have to point out that MacLeod Andrews is a phenomenal narrator! I am definitely going to have to see what else he has narrated that might be a good read for me.

In my very odd yet honest opinion this synopsis in no way represents that this is a Young Adult Sci Fi. For me there was much disappointment in that I thought I had one thing when in all actuality I had another, not a pleasant surprise. Nothing denotes this title to be YA. Steelheart is intended for a younger audience. There are many reasons that I stay away from the entire young adult genre and they are all displayed inside this book.

Brandon Sanderson has created a very intriguing world with his Reckoners. Set in a future where select humans have been granted super abilities that they abuse for the sole benefit of themselves normal humans struggle to just to survive another day in their bleak existence. There is enough intrigue surrounding the Epics and Calamity that the story moves at a constant steady pace. The action is plentiful and exhilarating. The changes in the world that we know are believable to the world this story is set in.

David is the young teen hero. He has spent his short life studying and gathering as much information on the Epics that he could. He collected this info no matter how significant or insignificant that it seemed. He wants his revenge and will do anything to get it. He wants to see Steelheart brought down and he knows that with the assistance of the Reckoners he can see this happen. Far too many times David puts the entire team in danger and the adults stand by and let him make the foolish decisions that put them all in danger.

Please keep in mind there is nothing wrong with Steelheart. In fact if you go into this book expecting a quirky young hero still in his teens to save the day then you will love this book. My dislike of young adult and my lack of suspending enough disbelief that a teen can save the day are my own personal issues with the book. If you enjoy sci fi and young adult you will love this book!


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