BOOK REVIEW: Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon SandersonSteelheart (Reckoners #1)
by Brandon Sanderson
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Synopsis:

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.

I’ve seen Steelheart bleed.
And I will see him bleed again.

This book was EPIC. Eh? Eeeeh? See what I did there? lol

Yeah, okay. I wasn’t going to say anything AT ALL, but I can’t do that-lack of time be damned.

I LOVED this book. Not only because it was the perfect escape from reality that I needed, but because I am completely and utterly obsessed with superheroes. The idea of them, the sacrifices they make in their lives, and, cliche as it is, the damsels in distress they are always trying to save. You name it, I love it. But, in this case, it’s not about superheroes. It’s about normal people given superhuman abilities…that they choose to do evil with. Oh, MAN did this blurb hook me. When I saw my good friend reading this on here, I did what any sane person would do-I stalked her up and down until she finished to see what she ultimately thought. Her word is like law, you know.

I know, better than anyone else, that there are no heroes coming to save us. There are no good Epics. None of them protect us. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

So, to say I was excited to start this was an understatement. I don’t read many books like this, so I can’t actually say whether it was up to par with other fantasy type novels or even his other works….And I certainly can’t say that it will be everything you’ve ever imagined and more. I only know what I enjoy and what I like….and I LOVED this one. I loved the characters and their mission. I loved the world this author created. I loved our main character, David, like crazy-I don’t think he was completely developed, for my taste, but he cracked me up at every turn and he always brought a smile to my face, especially his metaphors-they got worse and worse! In fact, they were terrible! But that’s part of the charm of this novel. It’s imperfect perfectness.

I could imagine shooting through the streets on one of these. They looked so dangerous, like alligators. Really fast alligators wearing black. Ninja alligators.
I decided not to use that one on Megan.

-Lmao, my absolute favorite line of the whole book >.<

I dunno. I’m one of those chicks that LOVES the idea of fantasy….but I just can only scratch the surface, it seems. I am so busy all the time and the idea of world-building and world-building on top of strategizing and strategizing when I get home from work isn’t exactly what I want…but these are the types of books that give me exactly what I seek most: hardcore fight scenes, light love interest, hopefully a perilistic ending with declarations of love as one of main characters is on the brink of death in the face of evil and….yup. I know this is the genre I need to break into, but I just love the YA aspect so much I think that holds me back in the more advanced fantasy type books.

I looked up the cavernous shaft. It resembled an enormous throat, stretching upward…one we needed to get up…which made us…
Bad analogy. Very bad. Regardless, there was a twisting feeling in my gut.

So basically…my point is this: I love this shit. I even really like the male POV. I don’t get enough of that, I don’t think. I don’t have much time to write many reviews this month, that’s just the way it goes. But, I couldn’t leave for my wedding/honeymoon without saying SOMETHING. It physically bothers me not to! So, I said a little bit of my piece (two weeks after finishing) and now I’ll post a couple quotes. Eh, it’s not what I wanted for this book, or any book to follow during my review drought, but it’s certainly better than nothing.

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