Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

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“Fantastic! The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive with resolution that I’ll be thinking about for a long time” – James Dashner, New York Times best selling author of the Maze Runner Series 

Mr. Dashner does a pretty good job summing up this book. It is no secret that I love a good dystopian series. (the Maze Runner series being one of them). At the same time, I can get bored. World ends or has ended, big bad thing comes and makes a bad situation worse, heroes rise up…I guess it is like that with any genre. However, for a me to make it through a book, the author has to offer either amazing story telling or a unique concept. Mr. Sanderson does just that on both accounts.

The book filled with short chapters and most of them end in a cliff hanger. The characters are lovable and realistic, they could be your brother or best friend. The landscape is easy enough to imagine and the dialog is familiar.  It tells of a story of David, an orphaned boy who wants revenge of the murder of his father. His fathers murder? An epic named Steelheart. Years before Calamity came turning ordinary humans into Epics, humans with superpowers. The Epics started to rule over the humans and it seemed that no human could defeat them. The Reckoners  are a group of humans whose only mission is to destroy as many Epics as they can. David joins them, hoping they can help him avenge his father.

The story takes you through a new world both terrifying and exciting. It brings all the things about humanity in an end of the world scenario to light…the passion, the fear, the cowardice, the bravery, the empathy and the horror. It was a very good read, fast paced and at times, laugh out loud funny. I felt sadness and anger for David. I look forward to reading the next three in the series.

 

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