Book Review: Steelheart

Rating: 4/5

Author: Brandon Sanderson

There are no heroes.

Every single person who manifested powers—we call them Epics—turned out to be evil.

Here, in the city once known as Chicago, an extraordinarily powerful Epic declared himself Emperor. Steelheart has the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, no explosion can burn him. He is invincible.

It has been ten years. We live our lives as best we can. Nobody fights back . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans who spend their lives studying powerful Epics, finding their weaknesses, then assassinating them.

My name is David Charleston. I’m not one of the Reckoners, but I intend to join them. I have something they need. Something precious, something incredible. Not an object, but an experience. I know his secret.

I’ve seen Steelheart bleed.

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So as I started writing this, I was having a serious case of deja vu. I could have sworn that I had already done a review on this one, but couldn’t find it for the life of me.

Maybe I am losing my mind, or maybe the stress of school, life, and everything else has finally gotten to me.

If, for some reason, someone can find a review I did for Steelheart, please let me know and I’ll throw together another review, but I am pretty sure I haven’t done one yet.

Anyways…

I really enjoyed Steelheart. It was fun, fast-paced, and fantastic. I can’t remember a single moment of the book where I was bored or uninterested in what was going on.

Steelheart has a very interesting concept that touches on a lot of different genres of books.

Basically you start with a dystopian world, mix in a bit of superhero powers, a pinch of spy novels, add a dash of mystery/detective novels, top it off with a drop of humour, mix them all together in a 386 page hardcover book and you’ve got Steelheart.

It’s a really simple book, but Brandon Sanderson does a good job at not wasting any time and telling the story that needs to be told.

The aspect of the book that I enjoyed the most is the man vs. superhero story that is the main aspect of the book.

I’ll try not to ruin anything, but there may be a spoiler warning in effect from here on out.

The general concept of the book is as follows; one day people all over the world realized they had these superpowers, so they became known as Epics. The ended up basically taking over the world, and ruled it as they saw fit. The biggest thing people came to realize for the Epics though, is they all have one weakness, no matter how powerful they are, there is something that can beat them, even if it is completely bizarre.

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This isn’t in the books, but what the weaknesses are is something like this. Say I was a super fast Epic, with the ability to run faster than Flash. My weakness could be something completely unrelated, like tacos. If someone threw a taco at me, or possibly even put it where I could see it, my power would become useless and I’d basically be human again.

The heroes in the books, The Reckoners, are all humans without powers, and they fight against the oppressive Epics to try and give people a shot at a decent life.

They need to rely on a lot of planning and strategy to get the job done, because they don’t have unbreakable skin, flight, mind-reading, or any other cool powers to work with. The use of strategy in the books is a really cool and fun to read part to read because not a lot of books will give you the nitty gritty of people’s plans.

Now I’m sure you’ve been asked a million times before, if you could choose any superpower to have, what would it be…well I wanna know in the comments below. 

What would mine be you ask? I think it would be mind reading or mind control. Haven’t decided quite yet. 

Anyways, thanks for reading the Steelheart book review, I hope you enjoyed it. 

Next week I’ll go where no book blogger has gone before, and review a book about a boy who was scarred, almost from birth, by a man he has a strong connection to.

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