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5.0 out of 5 stars Power currupts, epic power currupts epically, 1 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Steelheart (Reckoners 1) (Paperback)
This is the first of Brendon Sanderson's books I have read. I really enjoyed it. From what I read on the synopsis of this and his other books his style tends to be post-apocalyptic world. This one looks like a Superman gone bad theme. This interested me to read this from a fantasy writer's point of view rather than a comic writes point of view. The way Steelheart is described to look exactly like Superman does in the comics and cartoons, except with a black cloke instead of the Red one.

An event called the "Calamity" happened, casing normal people to gain super powers. These people are called Epics. As with the old adage of power corrupting. The Epics quickly establish themselves above normal people. The more powerful the Epic's ability the higher they are in the pecking order. Steelheart is arguably the most powerful epic of his time. He does not exactly have Superman's powers, but is very close. Superhuman strength, invulnerability, flight seemingly through gravity manipulation, turn non-living matter into steel and energy projections (blasts) from his hands. He is not really Superman gone bad; it is more if superman was never good.

The story starts with 8 year old David with his father in a bank trying to get a mortgage. With the appearance of the Epics, and property damage from their battles for supremacy the banks are even more dubious about lending money than they are today. Then an Epic enters to rob the bank and prove his dominance over the people of the city. Unfortunately for him the city already has an Epic who has claimed it. Steelheart. Quickly schooling the "little Epic" about his place in the pecking order of thing Steelheart is attacked by the military questioning his rule. The Epic see this opportunity to attack Steelheart. David's father shoots the Epic but in the process injures the seemingly invulnerable Steelheart. Enraged and wanting no wittiness to this event Steelheart kills David's father, everyone in the bank, destroys the bank itself and even the rescue workers. Only David escapes.

10 years later Epics have established themselves as the rulers. Governments have been destroyed, there is no police or military that is not under Epic control. The only resistance left are a group called the reckoners. Burning from his vengeance David has spent the last 10 years studying the Epics, their history their powers and their weakness. David is this worlds Batman, driven, intelligent, methodical and tactically gifted. For 10 years he has been planning analysing and cataloguing data in ultimately killing Steelheart. Knowing he will need resources to put his plan into motion he need to join the Reckoners, predicting their next hit. He now has to convince them to first take him in then also convince them to take on his quest to take down the most powerful Epic there is.

A great book, good story, great character development/revelations and extremely fast paced. Despite the pace I really enjoyed the way David analyse situations and "improvise" when he has to. The book is written from David's point of view, and you get revelations the same time he does. Really enjoyed this book looking forward to the next part.
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Initial post: 21 Nov 2013 18:25:15 GMT
Mr. T. Bush says:
You should read the mistborn books. They were the first Sanderson books I read and they are awesome. I mean really awesome. The way it ends is mindblowing and i mean that

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 15:27:50 GMT
Thanks for the tip actually, after reading this one, I bought the original trilogy and the fourth book that came out recently, but it might be a while before I get round to them. One, because Tyson's book just got delivered to my house this morning and I already had a few other books to get through before them. Also They are bloody big books I like to read series together and I am a slow reader looking at them on my shelf make me thing I will be busy for a couple of months at least. LOL. If they are like Steelheart they are hard it will be hard to put down.
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