Review: Steelheart by Brandon Anderson (YABBC)

February 22, 2014 Review, YABBC 32 ★★★★½

Review: Steelheart by Brandon Anderson (YABBC)
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
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Publisher: Delacorte
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 386
Release Date: September 26th, 2013
Series: Reckoners #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Science Fiction
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.
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STEELHEART was the February pick for the Young Adult Book Blogger Club Alise and I run on Goodreads. It was a book everyone seemed excited to read because we’d heard so many great things. I was extra excited because SUPERHEROES and people with powers get greedy and turn evil (the whole good vs evil and power struggles, and power plays and analysis of what is good/evil, etc, etc, is a subject I really love discussing and reading about) And, well… You all better brace yourselves because

I went into STEELHEART confident I was going to at least like it. I’d read and enjoyed one or two of his books before but couldn’t remember exactly why. After reading this I definitely need to go reread them (and buy them) because Brandon Sanderson’s writing?

Seriously, I can’t think of one single complaint to make about this book. Maybe that it didn’t give me that 5 star awe feeling? Or that FIREFIGHT isn’t in my hands right now. Everything was just done so well.

The writing was amazing. David was such a hilarious and awkward guy, with his terrible metaphors. Best narrator to choose I think. The character dynamics!! I swear David, Prof, Cam, Meghan, everyone were real people, not just words on a page. Every single interaction drew out some sort of emotion and they just felt incredibly real. I don’t think I’ve ever read about characters as real as these ones.

Then there’s the plot. Fast and slow exactly where it needed to be. Intense and thirlling. Great twists! (I thought I had something figured out, and it had me believing I was right… until it wasn’t!!) Scary, threatening villains. And of course,

I can’t neglect to mention the pain it caused me. My poor emotions. I was almost crying in the prologue.

The world of STEELHEART was also very well fleshed out and built. Nothing confused me, everything was explained. And there was some bloody awesome gadgets. Those weapons, those motorbikes, just… all that stuff was so cool. I wanted my own gravatonics enhanced motorbike and rifle. For reasons…

STEELHEART was just fantastic. Everything about it was so well done and enjoyable it’s really hard to come up with any negatives.  I loved the superheroes turning bad, the characters and their dynamics, those awesome weapons and feels. It’s reminded me I really need to reread the Mistborn trilogy and get into Sanderson’s other things. And you should too. All of you. I don’t care if you hate fantasy and sci fi, you need to get on this.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.6

32 Responses to “Review: Steelheart by Brandon Anderson (YABBC)”

    • Bec

      I think good writing, in no matter what genre or age group the writer normally writes, will always transfer well when they branch out. Well, all my favourite ones do anyway :)

    • Bec

      We made it a few months ago! Yay! It’s a pretty funny book… kind of. Also very serious. I hope you like it :)


    • Bec

      If STEELHEART was this good, how awesome if FIREFIGHT going to be? There were so many emotions throughout, it was done really well.

      Thanks :)

    • Bec

      I NEED IT TOO!! I loved how he made me think I was right, and then laughed as he revealed something that was more awesome and ingenious than I could have expected (even though all the clues were there)

    • Bec

      Definitely! He’s a fantastic fantasy/sci fi author. I haven’t read Wheel of Time so I can’t really judge…


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