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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (24 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385743564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385743563
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 810,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review, Booklist, September 1, 2013:
"Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance; it's a formula that sucks readers into the prologue, slings them through one tension-filled encounter after the other, and then, at the strange and marginally hopeful conclusion, leaves them panting for the sequel, "Firefight", due in 2014."

[Star] "Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance; it's a formula that sucks readers into the prologue, slings them through one tension-filled encounter after the other, and then...leaves them panting for the sequel."--"Booklist"

"The near-constant action, Sanderson's whiz-bang imaginings, and a fully realized sense of danger... make this an absolute page-turner."--"Publisher's Weekly"

"Perfect for genre fans who love exciting adventure stories with surprising plot twists."--"School Library Journal"
" "
"A straight-up Marvel Comics-style action drama featuring a small band of human assassins taking on costumed, superpowered supervillains with melodramatic monikers."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"Fantastic! The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive, with a resolution that I'll be thinking about for a long time." --James Dashner, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Maze Runner series and The Eye of Minds

"Unfortunately for my ego, Steelheart is another win for Sanderson, proving that he's not a brilliant writer of epic fantasy, he's simply a brilliant writer. Period." --Patrick Rothfuss, author of the "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestseller The Name of the Wind

[STAR] "Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance; it's a formula that sucks readers into the prologue, slings them through one tension-filled encounter after the other, and then...leaves them panting for the sequel."--"Booklist", Starred

"The near-constant action, Sanderson's whiz-bang imaginings, and a fully realized sense of danger... make this an absolute page-turner."--"Publisher's Weekly"

"Perfect for genre fans who love exciting adventure stories with surprising plot twists."--"School Library Journal"
" "
"A straight-up Marvel Comics-style action drama featuring a small band of human assassins taking on costumed, superpowered supervillains with melodramatic monikers."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"Fantastic! The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive, with a resolution that I'll be thinking about for a long time." --James Dashner, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Maze Runner series and The Eye of Minds

"Unfortunately for my ego, Steelheart is another win for Sanderson, proving that he's not a brilliant writer of epic fantasy, he's simply a brilliant writer. Period." --Patrick Rothfuss, author of the "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestseller The Name of the Wind

An Instant #1 "New York Times" Bestseller
An ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
An ALA-YALSA Teens' Top Ten Book
An IRA Young Adults' Choice
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
[STAR] "Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance; it's a formula that sucks readers into the prologue, slings them through one tension-filled encounter after the other, and then...leaves them panting for the sequel."--"Booklist," Starred
"The near-constant action, Sanderson's whiz-bang imaginings, and a fully realized sense of danger... make this an absolute page-turner."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Perfect for genre fans who love exciting adventure stories with surprising plot twists."--"School Library Journal"
" "
"A straight-up Marvel Comics-style action drama."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Fantastic! The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive." --James Dashner, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Maze Runner series and "The Eye of Minds
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""Steelheart "is another win for Sanderson, proving that he's not a brilliant writer of epic fantasy, he's simply a brilliant writer. Period." --Patrick Rothfuss, author of the "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestseller "The Name of the Wind
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"A tense, fast-paced adventure. Brandon Sanderson is one of the best fantasy sci-fi writers working today."-Christopher Paolini, author of the "New York Times "and "USA Today "bestseller" Eragon
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Praise for the Reckoners series
"The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive."--James Dashner, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the Maze Runner series
"Another win for Sanderson . . . he's simply a brilliant writer. Period."--Patrick Rothfuss, author of the "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestseller "The Name of the Wind"
[STAR] "Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high-intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance...leaves [readers] panting for the sequel."--"Booklist," starred
"Nuance and complexity alongside the action and intrigue...will have readers counting the days to the final volume."-"The Bulletin"
"An absolute page-turner."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Compelling. . . . Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store."--The A.V. Club

Praise for the Reckoners series
The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive. James Dashner, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the Maze Runner series
Another win for Sanderson . . . he s simply a brilliant writer. Period." Patrick Rothfuss, author of the "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestseller "The Name of the Wind"
[STAR] Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high-intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance leaves [readers] panting for the sequel. "Booklist," starred
"Nuance and complexity alongside the action and intrigue...will have readers counting the days to the final volume."-"The Bulletin"
An absolute page-turner." "Publishers Weekly"
Compelling. . . . Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store. The A.V. Club"

Praise for the Reckoners Series:
"The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive." James Dashner, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the Maze Runner series
Another win for Sanderson . . . he s simply a brilliant writer. Period. Patrick Rothfuss, author of the "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestseller "The Name of the Wind"
[STAR] Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high-intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance . . . leaves [readers] panting for the sequel. "Booklist, " Starred
"Action-packed." EW.com
Compelling. . . . Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store. The A.V. Club
An absolute page-turner." "Publishers Weekly
""A straight-up Marvel Comics-style action drama." "Kirkus Reviews""

Praise for the Reckoners series:
#1 "New York Times" Bestselling Series
The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive. James Dashner, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the Maze Runner series
Another win for Sanderson . . . he s simply a brilliant writer. Period. Patrick Rothfuss, author of the "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestseller "The Name of the Wind"
Action-packed. EW.com
Compelling. . . . Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store. "The A.V. Club"
[STAR] Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high-intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance . . . leaves [readers] panting for the sequel. "Booklist, " Starred
An absolute page-turner." "Publishers Weekly
""A straight-up Marvel Comics-style action drama." "Kirkus Reviews""

Praise for the Reckoners series:
#1 New York Times Bestselling Series
The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive. James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series
Another win for Sanderson . . . he s simply a brilliant writer. Period. Patrick Rothfuss, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind
Action-packed. EW.com
Compelling. . . . Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store. The A.V. Club

[STAR] Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high-intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance . . . leaves [readers] panting for the sequel. Booklist, Starred
An absolute page-turner." Publishers Weekly
"A straight-up Marvel Comics-style action drama." Kirkus Reviews"

Book Description

The first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series, from the No.1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Mistborn Trilogy and THE WAY OF KINGS. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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I enjoyed this. Usually I find first-person novels too irritating (why are they talking directly to me!?! without any explanation!?) and there are a lot of poorly written ones around. At times this jarred but it was such good storytelling that it didn't pull me from the narrative too much.

Sanderson has a good imagination and constructs workable mythologies - everything makes sense and fits together, which is actually uncommon I find in sci-fi novels. (Spoilers) This is, however, basically the Matrix in structure and characters. The Matrix itself was compiled from other sources I know so can't complain, but the lack of originality - amongst the great originality - is quite noticeable. You have a small team of revolutionaries in a sci-fi setting trying to take down some super powerful bad guys. There is a muscley black dude who carries machine guns, a wise mysterious leader in a long black coat, a nerdy one who orchestrates the operation, a hot girl, and our hero the outsider who becomes crucial to the team and learns superpowered skills. They all run around underground tunnels, speed around on motorcycles, etc etc.

There is too much dialogue throughout, and seeing as each team member has one main character trait we keep hearing about, it begins to get a little tiring, but you do root for them and it's a page turning read. I downloaded the next novel straight away and am looking forward to seeing what happens in the next installment.
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This book was my introduction to Brandon Sanderson, and I would strongly recommend it. The book is well-paced, well-planned with sufficient twists to the narrative to keep you uncertain as to precisely what's been happening until the final few pages. The writing style is crisp and evocative: I found it easy to imagine the steel-city of Newcago, stratified into tiers and presided over by Steelheart, an invulnerable epic with whom our protagonist, David, has his grievance.

The premise to the book was surprisingly engrossing, so much so that I read it entirely in two sittings. Epics, humans with supernatural abilities, surface within civilisation after the event known as Calamity, about which there is much speculation but as of yet no explanation. The Epics choose to subjugate society, although there is great disparity concerning their powers, so that only the most eminent emerge as dictators. Steelheart, one of such, features early in the novel: causing the death of the David's father in his power play that sees him become the despot of Newcago. David devotes the rest of his life to having his revenge.

It would be easy for a different writer to become stranded and inconsistent with the vast array of possibilities that come with a new flock of supernatural abilities, but Sanderson is quick to tabulate the lore, including colourful terminology that really makes the reader believe in the setting. There's a whole new economy set around the Epics, with plenty of hints for potential plot lines in future instalments.
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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.
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Brandon Sanderson doesn't let you down and his books are always engrossing reads. This isn't an exception and I only gave it four stars because I'm comparing it to some of his other books e.g. the Mistborn and way of kings trilogies which are some of the best books I've read. In my opinion Steelheart isn't quite as good as these as it lacks some of the depth and intrigue that some of his other books have however its still a classic action packed book which you won't want to put down!
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