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   #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, who was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and created the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy, presents Steelheart, the first book in the Reckoners series, an action-packed thrill ride that will leave readers breathless.
   How far would you go for revenge if someone ...

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Overview

   #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, who was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and created the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy, presents Steelheart, the first book in the Reckoners series, an action-packed thrill ride that will leave readers breathless.
   How far would you go for revenge if someone killed your father?
   If someone destroyed your city?
   If everything you ever loved was taken from you?
   David Charleston will go to any lengths to stop Steelheart. But to exact revenge in Steelheart’s world, David will need the Reckoners—a shadowy group of rebels bent on maintaining justice.
   And it turns out that the Reckoners might just need David too.
   Look for book two in the Reckoners series, Firefight, available in 2014.

"A tense, fast-paced adventure. Brandon Sanderson is one of the best fantasy sci-fi writers working today."-Christopher Paolini, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller Eragon

“Fantastic! The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive.” —James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series and The Eye of Minds
 

Steelheart is another win for Sanderson, proving that he’s not a brilliant writer of epic fantasy, he’s simply a brilliant writer. Period.” —Patrick Rothfuss, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind

[STAR] “Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance; it’s a formula that sucks readers into the prologue, slings them through one tension-filled encounter after the other, and then...leaves them panting for the sequel.”—Booklist, Starred
 
“The near-constant action, Sanderson’s whiz-bang imaginings, and a fully realized sense of danger… make this an absolute page-turner.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Perfect for genre fans who love exciting adventure stories with surprising plot twists.”—School Library Journal
 
“A straight-up Marvel Comics–style action drama.”—Kirkus Reviews

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A decade ago, eight-year-old David Charleston watched as his father was slaughtered by a superman called Steelheart. Ever since that horrific day, David has been studying the weaknesses of that killer and his superhuman kin. Now he has joined the Reckoners, the motley crew of humans dedicated to vanquishing these vicious tyrants who rule the earth. The launch volume of Brian Sanderson's new teen fantasy features fast-breaking action that will keep you riveted. A Barnes & Noble Exclusive hardcover and NOOK Book.

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An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller
An ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
An ALA-YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Book
An IRA Young Adults’ Choice
An Amazon Best Book of the Year

[STAR] “Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance; it’s a formula that sucks readers into the prologue, slings them through one tension-filled encounter after the other, and then...leaves them panting for the sequel.”—Booklist, Starred
 
“The near-constant action, Sanderson’s whiz-bang imaginings, and a fully realized sense of danger… make this an absolute page-turner.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Perfect for genre fans who love exciting adventure stories with surprising plot twists.”—School Library Journal
 
“A straight-up Marvel Comics–style action drama.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Fantastic! The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive.” —James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series and The Eye of Minds
 

Steelheart is another win for Sanderson, proving that he’s not a brilliant writer of epic fantasy, he’s simply a brilliant writer. Period.” —Patrick Rothfuss, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind

"A tense, fast-paced adventure. Brandon Sanderson is one of the best fantasy sci-fi writers working today."-Christopher Paolini, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller Eragon
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—This fun, fast-paced, futuristic science-fiction superhero story is the first in a projected series. When David was six, an unexplained explosion in the sky caused perpetual darkness and ordinary people to gain supernatural powers. These people became known as Epics. Two years later, in a bank in what was once Chicago, now called Newcago, David witnessed Steelheart, one of the most powerful Epics of all, murder his father. In the 10 years since his father's death, David has made it his mission to learn all he can about Epics. Everyone thinks they are invincible, but he knows otherwise. He knows that each one has a weakness, and he's seen Steelheart's. Steelheart can bleed. David intends to get his revenge. A cowed populace accepts the fact that Epics control their lives and the strongest among them are in a constant battle for dominance. Only one shadowy group of ordinary humans called the Reckoners dare fight to eliminate them. David persuades the Reckoners to let him join their ranks after proving he has unique knowledge about Epics. This enjoyable read focuses more on action than character development and is perfect for genre fans who love exciting adventure stories with surprising plot twists. Readers will be rooting for David, a super geek with a love of weapons, who can hold his own against Epics with names like Nightwielder, Conflux, or Firefight.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library,Trenton
Kirkus Reviews
A straight-up Marvel Comics–style action drama featuring a small band of human assassins taking on costumed, superpowered supervillains with melodramatic monikers. It's certainly a tried-and-true formula. Twelve years ago, a mysterious Calamity began turning random ordinary humans into evil Epics gifted with various combinations of superpowers (and also, always, some Achilles heel). Now, 18-year-old David Charleston manages at last to make contact with a cell of Epic-killing Reckoners led by legendary mastermind Jon Phaedrus. Then it's on to a nonstop thrill ride that begins with the killing of David's father 10 years before and roars through car and motorcycle chases, secret missions, huge explosions and hails of gunfire with high-tech weaponry to a climactic battle with Epic Steelheart. He's bulletproof, shoots energy balls, has transformed the entire Chicago area into solid steel with a wave of his hand and wears a stylish silver cape. Shockingly, the book closes with the stunning revelation than not all Epics are evil through and through. As further sign that Sanderson (Rithmatist, 2013, etc.) isn't taking any of this too seriously, the cast of Epics includes not only the likes of Steelheart, Faultline and Deathpoint, but Pink Pinkness and El Brass Bullish Dude, and some of their powers are equally silly. Stay tuned for sequels. There's violence and gore in profusion, cool gear, hot wheels, awesome feats, inner conflicts on both sides--all that's missing are the pictures. (Fantasy. 11-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375991219
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 431,268
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Brandon Sanderson

BRANDON SANDERSON is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Steelheart, the first book in the Reckoners series, the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy, and he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. He lives and writes in Utah. To learn more about Brandon and his books, visit him at brandonsanderson.com and look out for Firefight, the exciting sequel to Steelheart and the second book in the Reckoners series, available from Delacorte Press.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    Sanderson delivers as always!

    Literary genius Brandon Sanderson is easily the best author of his time, comparable only to Patrick Rothfuss and a few other select modern writers. Steelheart, like all his books; is original, intelligent, and perfectly written. Sanderson doesn't jusy copy Tolkien or stick to the same recipe as other writers are content to do. Some may complain about the size of his novels but he has shown he can produce excellent work regardless of the number of pages in the book. Steelheart was an excellent read and i'd recommend it and all of Sanderson's works to anyone that can read. My only complaint is having to wait for book 2 of The Stormlight Archive series. Keep up the excellent work Brandon!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Green Embers' Recommended

    I really enjoyed my time with this book. I wouldn’t say it is Brandon Sanderson’s greatest book but it was a fun ride. The main character has this quirky sense of humor and is really bad at metaphors (really bad). Brandon Sanderson has a million projects he is working on and somehow managed to convince everyone to let him work on this. Listening to him talk about previous projects, he likes to take breaks and work on something different than he normally does. I would imagine it helps keep him grounded and this book has his familiar touch but is very different from his normal fantasy works. What if people in our world started developing super powers like from comics? How would that impact the world?

    It is a theme I absolutely loved and the variation on the super power world. Epics totally turn the world upside down and tear everything apart. Does absolute power corrupt absolutely? I think there are some elements that really speak the truth, if normal people started getting powers could they overcome the temptation to abuse it? Brandon Sanderson always comes up with unique twists with the powers in his books and this one is no different. He manages to weave a fun tale and describes the unique twists in a natural way without overloading with info dumps.

    While this is a very fun book and kept me up into the night reading there were a few things that annoyed me. The main character is supposed to be eighteen but he struck me as someone a bit younger, like 15 or 16. I think it was the more juvenile tone of this book, it just felt a little off. Actually that was the only thing that really annoyed me. One of my favorite characters is the Southern gentlemen who thinks he is a Scotsman. He was always going on about the wee demons powering technology but with a southern drawl.

    In the end the book comes to a satisfying conclusion with the potential for more (which I already saw an advert for the second book coming out next year…). If you are looking for a fun read, with a good comic book feel to it then you will enjoy this book!

    This book is on the Green Embers’ Recommended List!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Honestly expected more from this book. It's not very well writte

    Honestly expected more from this book. It's not very well written and the action feels flawed and unrealistic. If this is the beginning of a new series I don't see a lot to keep me coming back. Not yet anyway. not sure I would try another one.

    6 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Amazing

    For a "young adult" novel this book never felt like one. No punches were pulled and no character felt safe at any point. The prologue set the theme and the rest just followed expertly.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    I couldn't put this down. I could not put this down.

    I finished this in 15 hours and need more of it to read. What a grear idea turned to a great read.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    Great read

    Once I realized this was out I picked it up. Five hours later I put it down. I couldn't stop before the end. Now I have to wait I ntil the sequel comes out. Highly recommended.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Sanderson is a great storyteller. I was sucked into the plot, an

    Sanderson is a great storyteller. I was sucked into the plot, and the suspense was so intense! Great action, a dash of romance, and an interesting twist on superheroes. Loved every page of it! :)

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Awsome Start

    I've never been disappointed by any of Brandon Sanderson's books and SteelHeart is no exception. The story is awesome and kept me guessing till the very end. If you've read any of Sanderson's books before you don't want to miss this one, and if your new to his stories go ahead and start here you won't be disappointed.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    SOOOOOO GOOD

    I can't even describe how I feel about this book! All I can is that it was fantastic and you should read it. Like now.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Awsome!

    JdgdvdhebdydvdyshdvdhxgsuskxjzkajnshdhdhssnjsbdhdjwJdbdjsjdh-no idea how to express how good this book is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Evil Laughter)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    Sanderson throws a new paint job on Mistborn: The Final Empire.

    Sanderson throws a new paint job on Mistborn: The Final Empire.

    Okay, it's not exactly the same. If it was, I'd probably be giving it a much lower score. But it does seem to hit a larger number of the same beats. Dystopian society. Powerful individual that some believe could have been a hero is an evil ruler of his people. Kid from the streets falls in with group of rebels. Together they do their best to bring down the dictator.

    So why does this get a much better rating from me? Well, the "new paint job" is a setting involving people with super powers, which I'll acknowledge is a weakness of mine. But he also fixes a lot of the problems I had with his previous work. Everything is streamlined. There's no cast bloat, so not only can I remember character names, but I can remember who they are and what they can do. Plans are short and sweet. Granted, most of those plans don't seem to work out as intended. But none of them are so complex that you start to wonder why they're doing what they're doing. Even the world building is reigned in a little. There are hints here and there about things outside the city the story is set in, but we don't go off on tangents to explore those details at the expense of keeping the story going.

    It's not perfect. If I was running a supers game and one of my players came to me and said they'd want to use one of the "weaknesses" of a few of the characters in this book as a drawback for their character, I'd probably smack them upside the head with the rule book we were using and tell them to try again. I'd probably do the same if someone wanted their super power to be "unlimited ammo". But over all, I was entertained.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Author Brandon Sanderson creates an awe inspiring journey in Ste

    Author Brandon Sanderson creates an awe inspiring journey in Steelheart. He has left me hanging on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book. Brandon Sanderson is an amazing writer who leaves many speechless.




    The Prologue is very powerful, with David’s childhood coming into the story early. The Reckoners taking down fortuity was very impressive. I believe that how they killed the illusionist trying to get back David’s notes on Epics was very important to the story. David figuring out Nightweilders weakness and using his ability to improvise was amazing.  The way they figure out how to take down Steelheart and going in blindly takes guts.




    My favorite parts were the Prologue and the fight between the Reckoners and Steelheart. The Prologue led David to spend his whole life planning to kill Steelheart. The fight between the Reckoners and Steelheart was full of action and surprise. I do not think there was one part of the book I did not enjoy to the fullest.




    Pure action and adventure are four words to describe Steelheart. Brandon Sanderson yet again impresses me with his work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Storytelling at its best!

    Calamity - what happens to society when those suddenly endowed with superhero powers begin to use those powers to destroy governments, kill innocents, and set themselves up as lords and rulers of their own new kingdoms? From the gripping prologue with its bankrobbery gone bad, as viewed from the eyes of the eight year old witness, the story shifts to a decade later, showcasing the few resistance fighters, known as Reckoners, who dare to kill Epics, and packs its pages with action that takes twists and turnes while building to the final confrontation. There is a gritty reality to Newcago. We're immersed in its alternative world, and bound to its characters. There's wry humor in the bad metaphors espoused by David, but also in how each Reckoner character struggles to adjust in a changed world, amidst the stress of guerrila warfare. Amidst this young adult sci fi adventure there are multitudes of hidden gems for thought-provoking conversations. What's right and wrong? When does the result justify the means? When is it better to walk away from a fight? What are the consequences of each choice made? What does it take to really cause a change in society? Do religion or philosophical beliefs help? Ultimately, what is love and who are the real heros? These are complex characters, and good storytelling at its best. This one earns five stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    I loved this book! Brandon Sanderson has been one of my favorite

    I loved this book! Brandon Sanderson has been one of my favorite authors for a while now, and I feel that Steelheart is one of his best! The plot of this story is an original, the superheroes are all bad! I feel that this show a good example of how power corrupts, and what happens when someone feels that they are "above" the law. In the book, there is only one group of people still fighting against the Epics, and that is the Reckoners. This is the group that David will stop at nothing to join, in order for him to find revenge against an Epic named Steelheart, who killed his father 10 years ago. This story is told masterfully, with a lot of action, and some incredible details. I couldn't stop reading this book until I had finished it, and I have since read it again! For anyone who is looking for an exciting read, then this is the book for you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    I'm only through part 1 of the book and so far I've had to stop

    I'm only through part 1 of the book and so far I've had to stop several times because of one single thing. This character Cody, that y Sanderson created is supposed to be southern, yet it seems that Sanderson did not look into southern dialect before he just began throwing in the word y'all around. The character constantly uses the word when talking to one person and that tics me off every time it pops up, I am from the south where everyone I know uses the word y'all but I have never met a single person who uses it when referring to one person. So please please please, next time you write a southern character, at least use the word "y'all" correctly. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    So good, and so interesting!

    I read this after another favorite author of mine (Patrick Rothfuss) reviewed it on his blog, and I was not at all disappointed. It was such an interesting and captivating world to dive in to. I'm not a huge fan of comics or superhero stories, but this book kind of turns that idea around and normal people are given super powers. Sanderson's writing style is unique. His detail and first person narrative makes it an easy and compelling read. I'll definitely be reading the rest of this series. I plan on reading more of his work.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    I couldnt put it down

    Awesome. A gripping twist on a popular theme, Steelheart is a masterwork tapestry of colorful characters, really evil villans and not one single damsel in distress. An unpredictible plot ices this amazing novel and the excellent writing makes it all the more compelling. A book everyone should read and anyone who has ever dreamed of being an action hero can relate to. I can not wait for the movie.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Movie

    Steelheart is in talks for being adapted into a film.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Great read

    Sanderson tells a story with characters that draw you in with them. He does it right. This is a story that I will keep on hand for another day to reread. Yes, now that I read it, I know how it ends, the twists and turns of the plot, but I know I will enjoy it again a few years down the road when I want to refresh my memory. I can't say that of many of the books I have read lately, which will either go into my archives or in the trash. This one stays in my library. Thank you Brandon Sanderson!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Not great, but far from terrible

    I enjoy mr. Sander sons books, I do, but I found this pretty predictable. I don't want to go into details because I on't want to spoil the book for anyone, but the twists weren't very hard to see coming. Despite the flaws, the book is very entertaining and definitely a good opening chapter in a new and very original series. I'd recommend this as long as you can approach it with an open mind.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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