Steelheart

Steelheart

Book - 2013
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At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners--the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2013
New York :, Delacorte Press,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385743563
Branch Call Number: TEEN FIC San
Characteristics: 386 pages

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A regular teen goes up against a superhuman tyrant in this action-packed novel.


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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.

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samuelm
Sep 01, 2018

samuelm thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 83

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blue_dog_31717
Aug 17, 2017

blue_dog_31717 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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kianlaroche
Feb 03, 2017

kianlaroche thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 99

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Nov 22, 2014

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Jun 24, 2014

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Jan 10, 2014

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blue_dog_31717
Aug 17, 2017

"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.

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Koolguy
Jul 16, 2015

"I've seen Steelheart bleed."

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maroon_moose_12
Jun 17, 2014

"You are an epic, It all makes sense now!"

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Koolguy
Jul 17, 2015

This book is about an 18 year old boy wanting revenge on a so-called superhero, who killed his father!

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maroon_moose_12
Jun 17, 2014

David watched his dad die in a bank by an epic named steel heart, he has spent the last 10 years of his life preparing for this moment and finally it has arrived...He saw steelheart bleed now he will see him bleed again.

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penguinfami1 Mar 16, 2016

Other: Megan doesn't wear any clothes at one point.

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maroon_moose_12
Jun 17, 2014

Other: Very very minimal language and sexual content. He is a teen boy, he tells you what he is thinking but it is nothing absolutely terrible

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