Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson | REVIEW

Steel HeartSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Published by Delacorte Press on September 24th, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Pages: 386
Format: Paperback


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.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart – the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning – and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

Steelheart-ReviewSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson is the first book in the Reckoners trilogy. It follows David as he searches and stalks the Reckoners, a team of individuals who has made it their mission to put an end to every Epic in their nation. His whole life has revolved around finding a way to kill Steelheart and he believes he needs them to make his plan a reality.

A book about a world where there are only super villains and no super heroes, will David achieve what he’s centered his life to do? Or will the Epic’s be too much for him and The Reckoners to handle?

“Never throw the first punch. If you have to throw the second, try to make sure they don’t get up for a third.”

Steelheart-Plot-+-writingTen years ago, Calamity entered Earth’s orbit. Since then it has bestowed some regular human beings with super powers unexplained by science. The people effected are known as Epics. When David’s dad is murdered trying to protect one the Epics named Steelheart, David makes it his life’s goal to eliminate him. When his plans have finally come together he must find the one team that is also trying to terminate Epics, The Reckoners. With their help he believes that he will accomplish the biggest assassination the new world has ever seen!

Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart is, hands down, a phenomenal opening for his new Young Adult trilogy. He has skillfully created a new world with the empowered Epics vying with each other for supremacy, the humans attempting to survive, and the resistance group called the Reckoners. Suspenseful, fast-paced, and with an arch sense of humor, Steelheart is brilliant.

His writing was superb and the world building was flawless. I was at the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next and then plot twist after plot twist. BAM. It ended. Have you ever read a book where you’re certain you know what is going to happen and you think you have all the plot twists figured out and then when it’s revealed going in a whole different direction your jaw just drops? Well that’s what Steelheart does to you. I was so certain I knew one of the characters was an Epic because of the hints dropped here and there. But what I wasn’t expecting was that ending/reveal. Sanderson has truly mastered the art of story telling.

“I’ve seen Steelheart bleed.
And I will see him bleed again.”

Steelheart-CharactersThis books boasts a colorful cast of characters human and Epic alike.

David our protagonist was extremely likable. Even though he has focused his whole life on revenge, he still comes off as genuine and sweet. He definitely has the awkward end of the teenage years down pact with his lame jokes and analogies. But he is also strong willed and a careful planner.

“You’ve got passion to kill but you need to find passion to live.”

Megan was so badass. She has these constant mood swings and I never understood why until the end. But damn can that girl take action. I would risk my life in her hands that’s how much I trusted her. She also had this complexity about her. She never talks about her past and doesn’t like to open up much to her friends and partners. So she was very interesting to read.

The Prof and the other Reckoners Tia, Cody, and Abraham were a great addition to the story. Although we don’t get much back story on these characters except The Prof, they still add to the story. Each one has their strengths and purpose to bring to the story and worked well as a team. I’m curious to see how they fair in the future.

“You can’t be so frightened of what might happen that you are unwilling to act.”

Finally the main Epics of the story, Steelheart, Firefight, Conflux and Nightwielder. All were powerful, frightening, and fantastic villains. Their powers were all very unique and well thought out. It would have been interesting to get their perspective in the story, but I’m quite satisfied with the way it was written. My liked them all individually and have a hard time choosing a favorite among them!


“Sometimes, son,” my father said, prying my fingers free, “you have to help the heroes along.”

The world building was Epic (all the puns intended). Newcago is the new world’s version of Chicago. Steelheart has transformed it into a city of steel and darkness with the help of Nightwielder. I loved how dark and gritty it was. People only lived to survive. Never wanting to stand out and get themselves killed by the Epics who ran the city. It was very dystopian like. I couldn’t imagine living in complete darkness all the time and never seeing the sun again. I can picture how pale and malnourished the citizens must have looked without good ol’ vitamin D.

Steelheart-In-ConclusionSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson was an amazing supervillain filled book. Would I recommend it to everyone? Hell yes I would. It was epic from beginning to end. When you think you have everything figured out, you better rethink that because you’re about to be mind blown.

Get up and go buy this book. What did you guys think? Would you want to be an Epic? Do you believe there can be good Epics in this new world? Let me know down below!

Until next time,

Sig New

Steelheart-about-the-authorAuthor 27Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.


15 thoughts on “Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson | REVIEW

  1. Glad you enjoyed it! I loved this book though thinking back the main character is kinda an asshole for wanting revenge and forgoing the life of everyone else in Newcargo for it. Sometimes oppression is better than just death, ya know? But he kinda made that decision for everyone. BUTTTT it was still so much fun to read, loved the worldbuilding and the supervillains.

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