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.

QOTD: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

If you’ve been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you – you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing was ever going to happen again.

Channel Update

Alright so I originally started this blog as a school assignment but I really started to like it and spent some free time during the term figuring out whether or not I should take the blog full time, and how I would be able to do that.

Well good news is I figured out how I can do both of those. I’ve got new ideas for the blog and plan on updating it every day, but I’m not guarenteeing anything with school going on.

So here is the updated schedule of what the posts will look like:

Monday: Book Review

Tuesday: Type it Out Tuesdays (post different writing prompts for people     interested in writing themselves)

Wednesday: Book related news (books being adapted to movies/tv shows, new books coming out, etc.)

Thursday: Thursday Thoughts (different thoughts I have on book related things ex. My Top 10s, Book related life stories, seasonal book topics, writing challenges etc.)

Friday: Quote of the Day (from the book I reviewed that week)

Saturday/Sunday: Taking a break to relax

I also have some channel updates coming out too. I want to update the books I’ve read/want to read  and throw in alphabetical shortcuts so it’s easier to find the author.

I’m also gonna make a Facebook group book club so theres an easier platform for more people to chat about a book. The book club will be one book a month to start instead of every week.

I’m also going to update some pictures and minor pages on the blog itself.

I hope everyone is as excited as I am for this update.

BIG NEWS

Usually Friday’s consist of a book quote for you all to enjoy for the weekend but I plan on changing my schedule to do the blog a bit more full time. 

SO!

Instead of a quote this post is a teaser for the new schedule of the blog that will start next week. 

On Sunday I will give you an updated schedule of what my weeks will look like and then posts will start Monday! 

I hope everyone is as excited as I am.

QOTD: Cloud Atlas

“A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.” 
― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

The book and movie may be a bit confusing, but all readers know this is true.

Book Review: Where the Red Fern Grows

Hey everybody! Back for another Book Review today. 

Today we are gonna take a look at a book called Where the Red Fern Grows.

It’s an older book, that I read when I was a kid probably 10 or so years ago, but it is FANTASTIC!

This also happens to be the first book that ever made me cry, ( Yes I admit it). 

I also remember this book being one of the first books that I stayed up all night to read.

I remember it was a school assignment to read this book, and we had to read a few chapters for every class. I followed that rule at first, up until the book got really good. 

After that I’m pretty sure I finished 3/4 of the book in one night. It’s not an overly long book, so finishing it wasn’t hard, and sitting in class doing nothing while our teacher gave us time to read it was pretty sweet at the time too.

It’s a great book for kids, and has a pretty good theme of hard work and determination in it.

It’s about a boy named Billy and his two dogs Old Dan and Little Ann. Billy works for two years today for Old Dan and Little Ann. The rest of the book is about their hard work to become the best racoon hunters they can. 

Where the Red Fern Grows isn’t just about Billy’s determination, but also a good look at the lifestyle of the 1920’s. 

I remember crying so much through this book, and even today I tear up thinking of Old Dan and Little Ann. I also loaned this to my [then] children’s librarian, because the library copy was always out. I even marked the pages, “Get out tissue here.”
— DeAnn Okamura

Now this all sounds pretty happy and cheery, so why did it make me cry?

Well…I really don’t want to give anything away because then you wouldn’t read the book, but what I can say is BRING TISSUES. You’ll cry. A lot. 

Whats one book you remember staying up late reading under the covers? Let me know in the comments or send me an email! I love hearing from you guys.

Verdict: Definitely worth a read. It’s short and sweet, and despite being a book meant for kids, it’s still a good story for any adult too. 

Next week I’m gonna take a look at a book series I have ongoing at the moment.

The Hint: It was recently picked up by Amazon to become a t.v. show. 

Book Review: Divergent Trilogy

YA Novels are written fairly simply, and even grown adults can enjoy them. I’ve read my fair share over the years, and probably will read more in the future.

It’s a nice break some times. YA Novels are usually pretty easy to read, and have a cool dystopian future that I find fascinating.

Divergent was one of the YA series that I really enjoyed…up until the end (I’ll get into that later).

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At the time there were a few other YA series that had come out. There was Hunger Games, Maze Runner, and the Legend series (at least these were the ones I had read).

Hunger Games kind of popularized the genre, but Divergent definitely helped it too.

It also had one of the more interesting concepts. People placed into ‘factions‘ based off of their defining attributes.

It’s fairly well written, and I felt a level of connection to the characters which makes the books that much better. Peter was definitely the best character throughout the whole series, but of course was the ‘bad guy‘.

The main problem I had about these books, which is what a lot of books suffer from, is the ending.

I find its a pretty common occurrence, especially in really popular book series, for the endings of the series to be rushed and not at all what the audience wants/expects.

I know it’s not necessarily for the audience, but for the author, but sometimes I really wonder if they’re happy with the ending, or if they’re making their publishers happy by just getting something in.

Overall, the series is good. I’d be interested to read more books in the series, maybe some where we can see the ‘faction’ world starting out and the first people who have to decide.

What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below, and tell me your favourite book in the trilogy.

Verdict: Worth a read. Doesn’t take long and it has an interesting concept behind it.

Next week I’m gonna take a look at the first book that made me cry…yes I admit it.

The Hint: Two Dogs and their boy. It’s a tough one butI wanna hear your guesses.