Review: Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson

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Steelheart is the first installment in Sanderson’s YA fantasy series – Reckoners.  When Calamity, an unexplained satellite, comes to Earth some humans become Epics.  Each has specific supernatural powers.  While all Epics known are bad guys, there are those in the human community that believe that it is just a matter of time before the good Epics make themselves known.  In the meantime things are not pleasant for normal humans.  Epics kill them without remorse and have taken over the government and day to day lives of everyone.

David’s father was killed by an Epic, Steelheart, 10 years ago.  David has spent that time working on a plan to kill his father’s murderer- “I’ve seen Steelheart bleed.”  To make his plan work he needs the Reckoners, a group of rebels fighting the Epics.

Sanderson never fails to deliver.  Steelheart is full of what he does best – exceptional world building, character development and action (while not being skimpy on the emotion either).  I enjoyed every page.  This is a great example of a YA novel that works for adult fantasy lovers as well.  It isn’t as densely written as an adult Sanderson but is perfect as a YA.

“Newcago is one of the best places in the Fractured States to live,” Megan continued, ignoring Prof’s comment.  “We should be focusing on Epics who aren’t good administrators, places where life is worse.”

“No,” Prof said, his voice sounding gruffer.

“Why not?”

“Because that’s the problem!”  he snapped. “Everyone talks about how great Newcago is.  But it’s not great, Megan.  It’s good by comparison only!  Yes, there are worse places, but so long as this hellhole is considered the ideal, we’ll never get anywhere.  We cannot let them convince us this is normal!”

4/5 stars.

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