SteelheartBook - 2013
New York : Delacorte Press, 2013
From Library Staff
A regular teen goes up against a superhuman tyrant in this action-packed novel.
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kianlaroche thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 99
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"You keep us in the darkness. You show off your terrible powers.... You want us to be afraid... because the only that can kill you is people who fear you.
“Where there are villains, there will be heroes. Just wait. They will come.”
“We were like deaf people trying to dance to a beat we couldn't hear, long after the music actually stopped.”
“You can't be so frightened of what might happen that you are unwilling to act.”
“Never throw the first punch. If you have to throw the second, try to make sure they don't get up for a third.”
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David has spent his life tracking Epics after Steelheart killed his father when he was eight. He joins the Reckoners to avenge his death.
The book opens with David’s memorable narration of his father’s death. He also manages to explain that Epics were ordinary men who suddenly possessed extraordinary powers after the appearance of “Calamity” in the night sky. As a kid, David believed in what his father believed, that although there were bad Epics who were using their powers for personal advantage, there also must be heroes that would protect the general public from the bad Epics. While David and his father are visiting a banker, an Epic named Deathpoint (yep, you guessed it, if he points at you, you will vaporize) storms into the bank and starts killing people left and right to prove his power. David’s father planned on shooting Deathpoint with a gun from one of the fallen security guards, but is stopped when another more powerful Epic named Steelheart also enters the bank. Steelheart names himself the ruler of Chicago and in the ensuing aftermath Deathpoint tries to strangle Steelheart from behind. David’s father, wrongfully believing Steelheart is the hero everyone has been waiting for, shoots Deathpoint in the head. In the process, Steelheart’s face is grazed by the bullet, surprising everyone, especially Steelheart. Scared by his sudden vulnerability, Steelheart executes David’s father and all the people in the bank to remove all eyewitnesses. All except David. Ten years later, David has grown up by himself in Newcago (Chicago under Steelheart’s rule) and has been plotting vengeance the whole time. His knowledge of Epics leads him to the Reckoners, a shadowy group of humans who are the only ones fighting back. Can David help the Reckoners defeat Steelheart and liberate the people of Newcago? Read Steelheart to find out!
This book is about an 18 year old boy wanting revenge on a so-called superhero, who killed his father!