2019 has been the year of firsts.
There was the first book haul of 2019, the first disappointment of 2019 and now the first book by Brandon Sanderson. It’s exciting! What else do I get to try in 2019?
I’m not sure if this series was the best one to start with. I also own the first book in the Mistborn trilogy – «The Final Empire», however comparing these two books, Steelheart is much thinner with a bigger font. Seems like an obvious book choice to me! Besides, I love dystopian settings (I’m very excited to read Scythe which is next on my reading list! Technically it’s a Utopia, but still counts).
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.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if ALL superheroes would turn evil?
You don’t even need to wonder anymore. Brandon Sanderson does it for you!
This was one of the aspects that made me slightly apprehensive of the book. I’m not a big fan of superheroes.
Of course, I watched dozens of Marvel and DC movies that have been coming out every year, as if there is nothing else to make movies about. But when having a choice, I’d most likely pick something different. That, however, doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy Steelheart. Brandon Sanderson knows how to do it just right to captivate his audience from the very first pages.
WHAT I LIKED:
1 -The ENDING! I know it’s weird to start with the ending, but O M G, it was incredible! Throughout most of the book, I had this feeling that something was lacking to give it full 5 stars. After about 80% of the book, I was completely sold! And the actual ending was definitely not something I’d ever expected to see. HOLY ***!
2 -It reminded me of Ready Player One. And I LOVE Ready Player One! You know how Wade was a know-it-all, who learned everything he could possibly find about The Game and its creator? That’s how David was, a nerd who dedicated his entire childhood to Epics. His notebooks were one of the highlights of the story.
3 – The humor. Brandon Sanderson created such a different cast of characters, but each one of them knew how to joke. Some more, some less, just enough for their personality to show up. David, as this awkward but witty teenagers. Cody, as the heart of the company who would come up with most insane stories just to brighten everyone’s day. Abraham, slightly serious and protective of the others, who would drop small jokes here and there. Megan, always moody and sarcastic. All of them had their own unique humor.
4 – The writing. I flew through the book. Short sentences, short chapters, and interesting plot made it one of the easiest books to read. Sometimes, I’d feel that the writing style was too simple, but I was enjoying myself too much to bother about anything else.
5 – Fast-paced action and combats. From the very first pages we are dropped right in the middle of the armed assault. Guns are firing, people dying, cars getting destroyed, and the Reckoners are in the middle of it all. The book is packed jam with battles, confrontations, and fighting (even some verbal fighting).
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:
1 – The feeling of wanting more. And I don’t exactly mean the continuation of the story, of course, it’s something I’d like to read as soon as possible. But more substance from this first book. The book itself is fairly short and it reads very quickly. But even after reading 200 pages, and witnessing the confrontations after confrontations I still didn’t feel like I’ve seen enough to lead this first story to its end. I needed some more development in the middle.
The ending did it for me. Very unpredictable! And now I’m very excited for the next book in this series. Also, I’m happy that this series is all out and finished, and I won’t need to wait months or years for the next installment.
Do you like Brandon Sanderson books? What do you think about his writing?
I need to read a few more books from him to see if I can add him to the “My FAVORITE Authors” list.
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