Steelheart (Reckoners Series #1)

Steelheart (Reckoners Series #1)

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by Brandon Sanderson
     
 

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Buy the #1 New York Times bestselling sequel—Firefight—today!

   Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy, presents Steelheart, the

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Buy the #1 New York Times bestselling sequel—Firefight—today!

   Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, and creator of 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 now.

Praise for the Reckoners series “The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive.”—James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series   “Another win for Sanderson . . . 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...leaves [readers] panting for the sequel.”—Booklist, Starred"Nuance and complexity alongside the action and intrigue...will have readers counting the days to the final volume."-The Bulletin  “An absolute page-turner."—Publishers Weekly   “Compelling. . . . Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store.”—The A.V. Club

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Praise for the Reckoners series

“The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive.”—James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series
 
“Another win for Sanderson . . . 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…leaves [readers] panting for the sequel.”—Booklist, starred
 
"Nuance and complexity alongside the action and intrigue...will have readers counting the days to the final volume."-The Bulletin

“An absolute page-turner."—Publishers Weekly
 
“Compelling. . . . Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store.”—The A.V. Club

Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
It is an age of the Epics, and Capitulation Act has made Epics immune from the law. Besides, they aren’t vulnerable. So when eight-year-old David and his father see an Epic called Steelheart stroll into the bank and start vaporizing people, it isn’t all that shocking. But that day David witnesses Steelheart’s vulnerability. What can David do with his knowledge? Ten years after David watched Steelheart kill his father, he’s in the city Newcago (once known as Chicago) and, thanks to Nightwielder, the world is covered in perpetual darkness. The only light is from Calamity, a bright red star that appeared a year before the Epics arrival. The Reckoners have been hunting Epics and David wants to join them. He gets their attention during one of their raids and convinces them that his knowledge will help them defeat Steelheart. This is a creative, one-of-a-kind adventure that takes the reader on a ride that’s bigger than life. All ages will like this take on good versus evil and the twists and turns at the end will leave readers wanting more. the book teaches that heroism is a choice and that anyone can choose to fight for good. The first book in the “Reckoners” series. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan; Ages 12 up.
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:
9780449818398
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Series:
Reckoners Series , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
4,210
Lexile:
HL680L (what's this?)
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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