Steelheart (Reckoners Series #1)

Steelheart (Reckoners Series #1)

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by Brandon Sanderson

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The #1 New York Times bestseller that James Dashner called “fantastic,” with “relentless” suspense and an “explosive” climax. And don’t miss the rest of the Reckoners series, including Firefight—now a #1 New York Times bestseller—and Calamity, coming

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The #1 New York Times bestseller that James Dashner called “fantastic,” with “relentless” suspense and an “explosive” climax. And don’t miss the rest of the Reckoners series, including Firefight—now a #1 New York Times bestseller—and Calamity, coming soon!

   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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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 hit in hardcover; now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

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Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Reckoners Series , #1
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Sales rank:
HL680L (what's this?)
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years


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Steelheart 4.6 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 196 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished this in 15 hours and need more of it to read. What a grear idea turned to a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
smeather30 More than 1 year ago
An action packed, quick read. Very enjoyable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This book is sweeeeeeet
ShieldWolfJRS 4 months ago
My review today is for Steelheart (Reckoners Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson. Ever since I read The Stormlight Archive series first two books, Brandon Sanderson has become one of my favorite authors. I am now on a mission to read everything he has written. That led me to this book. I was apprehensive about reading this YA book. I like my books dark for the most part. The book description didn’t ease my fears any. It did not really sound like my kind of book, but it is Brandon Sanderson so I have to read it, Right? I am very glad I did! The author proves to me once again that everything he writes is fantastic, and I should not worry about it being YA or the book description not sounding like (my kind of book). The book follows David who is after revenge for his fathers death at the hands of Steelheart a powerful Epic (superpowered villain). He runs across the Reckoners a group fighting back against the tyranny of the Epic’s. Can they work together to achieve David’s credo? “I’ve seen Steelheart bleed. And I will see him bleed again.” I ended up really liking this book. Right out of the gate I was invested in the characters and the story. The author has a way of drawing you into the book, almost like you are in the book yourself. Like all Brandon Sanderson books it has an amazing magic system or in this case superpowers. The worldbuilding is another specialty and you truly get a sense of what it is like to be in this world ruled by the Epic’s. Mr. Sanderson is nothing short of an outstanding writer. Overall this is another fantastic Brandon Sanderson book. You really can’t go wrong with anything he writes. As you know if you have read my reviews before I am not about long reviews with synopsis and spoilers. I just give my opinion on my experience with this book and you can take it from there. Now on to the next book. 4/5 STARS - mightythorjrs
Anonymous 5 months ago
This is one of the best books i have ever read.
Marleene 7 months ago
This book was very good, it was fast and easy to read and I felt like the author had really put a lot of thought into the whole thing. Love the writing too. Great worldbuilding and the characters had distinctive voices and overall I definitely like it. I did find it a bit hard to get into at first, but after few chapters it held my interest. At first I did feel like I was reading some sort of X-Men fan-fiction and that did put me off a bit, but after I got over that feeling it all went a lot better. One thing that kind of bugs me a bit after finishing it, is that I can’t remember the name of the main character. I do remember him being called Knees by the girl, Megan. I also remember the other members of the Reckoners: Tia, Cody, Jon (Prof), A… (?? I want to sat Amadeus, but I am pretty sure that’s wrong). So, apparently I forgot the name of the guy that starts with an A too, but in my defense I am usually bad with names. However, that was not the important part though, what I tried to point out was that I don’t feel like it’s a good thing to forget the main character.Was he not unique enough? Was his name not mentioned a lot? Or is it just me? I don’t see why I can’t remember the name of the guy I spend yesterday reading about. I don’t want to put down the rating of book because of it since it’s a very good book and with a nice plot and a great ending. I am a bit sad that it didn’t stick better than it did and even with the nice ending and the hook if left me with, I don’t feel the need to jump into the sequel right away. And I would have wanted to feel that. I do love the main character’s voice even if I can’t remember his name, I think he’s so funny and just adorable and nerdy in such a perfect way. It’s a dark story with a lot of emotions and sadness, but the author still manages to bring out glimpses of happiness and there are lots of jokes and funny moments that makes me smile. I like that. So the conclusion is that I don’t want to say that this is the best book I’ve ever read, but it’s the best in quite a while and I do recommend it to everyone interested in this kind of genre, which I would put as an YA Sci-Fi.
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A well built world with vibrant characters.
TakomaGeezer More than 1 year ago
I was a bit put off by some reviews that indicated that this new series is meant for young adults, but I like Sanderson so much that I decided to get it anyway. Very glad that I did because this book is so different from anything he has written before (aside from being about the maturation of a young person, which is a typical Sanderson theme). The cause of the "Calamity" and the science/magic behind the Epics is unique. I'll hold my breath on whether it is plausible because I think Sanderson is going to reveal more in future books about the dimension shifting aspects of this science/magic, but hey!, that's one of the reasons why this series is so much fun. About the plot and characters, all I'll say is that Sanderson is a master at capturing the motivations and emotions of very complex individuals and situations and his "slow reveal" style that is peppered with obvious clues (in retrospect) for the reader makes his novels almost a treasure hunt to see if you can figure out ahead of time just where in the heck he is going. I got a couple of major things right, but there were at least a dozen major reveals that I didn't see coming and/or I thought were headed in a completely different direction. Overall, at first it seems a light read but the complexity of world building and intricacies of character and plot development become apparent to any sophisticated reader...young adult or older.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the series great books . Cant wait for the last one to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have now read all the books in this series and I can personally say I enjoyed every second of it. It is an easy book to get into and will keep you reading till the end.