Steelheart

Steelheart

Book - 2013
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orange_dog_3214
Jun 17, 2019

I LOVED the suspense, action, and terrible metaphors! I couldn't put this book down!

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vanravenstein
Jun 14, 2019

I liked the premise, but the author really likes guns. He writes about guns, then he writes some more, then some more, then more, then ... I'm bored with it.

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someone13
Apr 26, 2019

Such an amazing read!
Has everything you need in a good book. I loved the fast paced action packed style.

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Reyna_Avila_Grace
Feb 21, 2019

So much fun! I loved the world-building. It had a lot of twists and turns that I was almost able to predict. Great job with the foreshadowing. The side characters were kind of flat though. I think it would be interesting to reread now that I've read Calamity and know more about the backstories. The main character was dorky and likeable though. You can tell the author was a nerdy guy who loved action movies and cool weapons :P but it was fun. Guys who like action and guns would probably like it (this is coming from a girl with not much interest in guns though so... idk I'm just guessing). I loved how Sanderson handled super-powers and good vs evil. If you're in the mood for deep themes and intricate characters though, you'll won't love it. Read this book later when you want something fun to fly through. Recommend it if you like action, cool world-building, super-powered humans, and/or trying to predict plot twists.

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Dovi16
Nov 13, 2018

AMAZING!! This is a MUST READ. This book and the next two in the series are possibly the greatest books I have ever read. Once I started reading I could not put it down. The way Sanderson creates his own unique dystopian universe is beyond impressive. Can't wait for the movie!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 19, 2018

The story is about a boy named David who meets a group of people called the Reckoners in the apocalypse to fight a band of people called epics who have gotten superpowers for some reason and are corrupting the world. one thing I did like about the book was the fact that the characters were very original. It wasn't my favorite type of book because I am just not the type of person who likes to read about violence in books. Like I don't wanna know if someone's chest explodes, you get me? I am not saying it was a bad book and I totally recommend this book to some of my friends who i know would really like this type of book. I probably won't read the next books. I would recommend this to mostly teenagers (mostly boys I am guessing would like this). Personally, I would give it a 2.5 out of 5 stars.
- @terrificbooklover of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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nyancat23
Mar 16, 2018

this book is a really good read, everything is so unpredictable its very entertaining!

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Patrick_Albrow
Mar 14, 2018

This book is good if you like superheros or if you just want a good book. I liked this book because it is different than most other superhero stories. It has good comedy, but I found that it can be a bit slow at times.

I thought this book provided a lot of times where you would wonder what would happen next.
Like what will happen to the characters. It made me continue reading more and more. It had a good sense of adventures to keep the readers interested.

Tyler, 14 years old

Mr_Cliff Oct 28, 2017

This is a great superhero book with a main character who isn't a superhero! Although he is fascinated by them, he is actually working against them because their power has gone to their heads. The people with powers actually aren't heroes at all, they are villains who rule through fear and violence. It is up to the resistance, made up of normal folks, who find and exploit the weaknesses of those with powers. Great idea from a great author and the start to a great series. Read it!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 20, 2017

Steelheart is not your average superhero novel because all the “superheroes” in this series are evil. This book tells the story of David, a teen a whose father was killed by an Epic (someone with superpowers) when he was just a kid, and, fixated on getting revenge, David joins a team to take down Epics. This book is fun, fast-paced, and hilarious. Sanderson takes all common superpower tropes and throws them out the window, inventing both heroes and villains that are unique and complex. In addition, this story poses many questions about human nature and morality. My favourite part was the realistic aspect that all the adults in David’s life were extremely fed up with his teenage angst. This book is perfect for anyone who’s looking for a book about superpowers that isn’t like anything they’ve read before. @amiwrite of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

From the outside, Steelheart seems like nothing more than your average, bland YA novel: orphaned teenaged kid fights evil supervillains in a dystopian world… nothing special, right? Wrong. The odd thing about Steelheart is that it is able to turn a flat and unoriginal premise into something amazing. It’s written with passion and spunk, and it’s a brilliant example of taking something boring and uncreative and making it extraordinary. Sanderson really knows how to write convincing, fluid characters, and in Steelheart, they seem to leap off of the page with their authenticity. Each and every single one is wonderfully complex and realistic. Unpredictable and intense, hilarious and epic, Steelheart turns the tropes of every boring YA novel on its head. You’ll wish it never ends. 5/5
- @Apis of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Steelheart starts with a lot of clichés but it keeps the story original and interesting enough to keep my attention. The story is about a boy named David who meets a group of people called the Reckoners in the apocalypse to fight a band of people called epics who have gotten superpowers for some reason and are corrupting the world. Sound familiar? But Sanderson has really gotten an in depth view on the mechanics of this broken world. He explains brilliantly how the people are suffering and why David should help them. There are also different classes of epics to explain how powerful different groups of them are and a lot of them have very unique powers. Obviously, there has to be an ultimate villain in this story called Steelheart who kills David's dad and David wants to get revenge on him. This is basically the entire plot of the story but the progression of the characters is what makes this book stand out. All in all, I like this book and you should give it a read. 4 out of 5.
- @Henny_Lee of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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blue_dog_31717
Aug 17, 2017

Wow. Just wow. One of my favorite books EVER. A stunning page-turner with twists and turns until the last page. The characters, story, plot, and setting all contribute to this must read.

I enjoyed this book. Just when you think that it has an ending like you've seen before, it changes into some ending you never saw coming. I especially liked how the main character wasn't some dumb, idiotic character that was great at everything. In fact, he just might be the opposite which makes this book 10x better. The author added logic into everything he wrote so you can never think, "Why didn't the characters just do <inserts a better idea>."

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Ruby11
Feb 24, 2017

Great read! I really enjoyed the unique superpower system and I loved the way the author pressed the idea of too much power corrupting even the best of people. Very action-packed and I really like the world building and characters. They were very relatable and complex especially the main. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who likes superheroes, fantasy, magic or anyone who just likes a good, fast-paced book.

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pcrouch
Jul 14, 2016

A very good book, and an interesting embodiment of the fact that power corrupts people, and in this case, it was literal

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fooclue2
Jun 01, 2016

I loved this book! The beginning is a little slow, but once it kicks into high gear, it's really good reading!

KATIE ESCHER May 11, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. The plot is pretty original, and I like that it's a sci-fi dystopian book that doesn't have a heavy secondary romance plot.

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justnacl
Apr 14, 2016

This is book 1 of the Reckoners series.
The series' page doesn't list this.

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lightningstrike
Apr 06, 2016

Awesome book!

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livieb17
Mar 25, 2016

I think I read this about two years ago, but I completely forgot about the rest of the books in the series, so I decided to re-read it so that I could finish the series. I really enjoyed this book, and I think part of it is because I had pretty much forgotten everything about the book. I remembered one scene and a big spoiler twist at the end. It was very frustrating that I remembered the biggest spoiler in the book. But besides from not having those two things as a surprise, everything was so good. Brandon Sanderson really knows how to pull you right into a book. Some books are really dull and after a while they get into the action. With this book, First scene is a huge battle scene where David is running and shooting and everything about it was just super awesome. All of the characters were really well developed and they made me laugh at so many times-specifically Cody! I really can't wait for the next in this series.

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BookNerdoftheWorld
Jan 23, 2016

Steelheart. A Cafe Teen Read, has been ravedone about by authors and critics alike. I didnt like it. -yawn-😴+#seemesnore while I suffered through this book I am proud to say I did finish it. The one and only reason I continued to read this book is,Cody. I mean who can'take like this guy he'said hilarious! (He is probably the only reason I gave this book two stars. Disappointing.

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TheFlash_1
Sep 19, 2015

This book is an amazing thriller that would have you on the edge of your seats the whole time. I was mad when my teacher told me to stop reading and pay attention. The climax was EXPLOSIVE!!!!!!! I really love this book and i recomend it for people looking for an action packed book that will have you on the edge of your seats. If they make a movie I will watch it 5 times!

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Koolguy
Jul 17, 2015

So far, i find this book exciting and leaving you with lots of questions! Love the detail! Must read for anyone! :D

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NaeNaeNaaate
Jun 25, 2015

Very creative. Never have looked into a book with so much power. If your into superheroes then this is the book for you.

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JihadiConservative
Jun 11, 2015

Great Sanderson. Well written and fun. However, this is WAY different than his other books. His masterpiece The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance are far superior to this YA novel. So, pick this up knowing it isn't his best. Teens will enjoy it. But will Sanderson's adult fans like it? Probably not. Im 15 and did not appreciate it as much as his other books. Even Mistborn was more complex than this. This book is fun and exciting but in all, not Sanderson's masterpiece.


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