Steelheart Review

Title: Steelheart
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-fi

Blurb: (from goodreads) 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.

Me: Real life superheroes gone wrong? Who wouldn't love? 

The Ups: It's been a while since I've been so captivated into an idea of some kind of fantasy story, and immersed in a slightly dystopian and science fiction-y world. The action is very well developed, and I could really picture everything that happened in the book, especially the first part. I pictured the bank, Steelheart, the position of David's father; I could really see everything that was happening. 
We all know those action stories where they just seem to shooting at everyone, killing random people for no apparent reason, and I think we've all experienced that point where you lose interest and can't keep up with all the action because it's gotten so chaotic. I didn't experience that with this book. I'm personally not much of an action fan, just because emotions and feelings and inner thoughts appeal to me more than simple, blunt descriptions of gunfire. But Steelheart kept me in with the action and kept me at the edge of my seat.
I really liked the plot twist at the end. There were a few things I saw coming, I won't deny it. But the major plot twist completely caught me by surprise and shocked me. I hadn't suspected it the littlest bit. 
I loved David. His awkward metaphors were just a personal favorite aspect of the book. It really kept me laughing the entire time. I think there was a certain beauty to his character, because he was so incredibly flawed. There were parts of the book where you would look at David attempting to do something and want to cringe, and so when he did succeed, or when he felt something, it felt all the more real and not just the protagonist getting something he wanted.

The Downs: I think that there are just so many of science fiction novels, or fantasy novels, with a bad guy and the good guy, and the good guy winning and the same plot twists and the similar plot. I felt that with this book too. Some parts were just very predictable, and just didn't feel like a fresh story sometimes. 

Rating: 4 kisses!


  1. Is this book part of a series? If so, what is the next book called?

    1. Yeah, it's part of a trilogy. The next one is called Firefight, and it comes out next January. I'm counting the days!