Steelheart (Reckoners Series #1)

Steelheart (Reckoners Series #1)

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by Brandon Sanderson, MacLeod Andrews

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Hace diez años sucedió una calamidad, una explosión en el cielo que otorgó a hombres y mujeres poderes increíbles. A estos hombres se les empezó a llamar Epicos. Estos superpoderes empezaron a poseer a las personas, pero sólo la gente malvada los tiene. En Chicago (Newcago), un extraordinario y poderoso Steelheart, se…  See more details below


Hace diez años sucedió una calamidad, una explosión en el cielo que otorgó a hombres y mujeres poderes increíbles. A estos hombres se les empezó a llamar Epicos. Estos superpoderes empezaron a poseer a las personas, pero sólo la gente malvada los tiene. En Chicago (Newcago), un extraordinario y poderoso Steelheart, se ha instalado como emperador. Steelheart posee la fuerza de diez hombres y tiene el poder de controlar los elementos. Se dice que una bala puede herirle, pero que ninguna espada puede dividir su piel ni ninguna explosión puede quemarlo. Es invencible.

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School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 8 Up—After the appearance of Calamity, a mysterious celestial force, ordinary humans began to exhibit superhuman powers. They became known as Epics and used their powers to control others. When David was eight years old, he witnessed his father's ruthless murder at the hand of Steelheart, one of the most powerful Epics in the world. Ten years later, David lives in Newcago (once Chicago) under the tyrannical rule of Steelheart and his inner circle of Epics. David has spent the last decade researching everything he can about Epics: their habits, their powers, and their weaknesses. He wants to join the Reckoners, a secretive group of humans dedicated to killing Epics, and convince them to take on Steelheart. However, even after all his study, David has not figured out the seemingly invincible Epic's weakness-without that knowledge, his plan for revenge cannot succeed. MacLeod Andrews's understated performance of the first-person narration is highly effective and makes the engaging action scenes stand out in contrast. He transitions easily among characters who vary in age, background, and status within the world of humans and Epics. Revelations in the climactic battle add layers and substance to the story, and listeners will look forward to more in future installments.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL
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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
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

An absolute page-turner."”—Publishers Weekly

"A straight-up Marvel Comics-style action drama."—Kirkus Reviews

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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Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
Reckoners Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

BRANDON SANDERSON is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Steelheart and Firefight, the first two books 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

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Steelheart 4.6 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 204 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 24 days ago
I've bought and read a majority of Mr. Sanderson's work, and they're all good. By rule of thumb anything by Sanderson is worth the read and the money.
Anonymous 29 days ago
Well written half fantasy half sifi. Good story line and excellent characters. Do not care much for the "fantastic four" type action or overly magical world of "epics" but one of the few fantasy-style books i have enjoyed reading. JC
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Anonymous 5 months ago
Great read. It kept me hooked from the first page. When a mysterious red object rises in the sky, ordinary people develop super powers. 8yr old David watches as one Epic begins killing people indiscriminately in a bank, but the Epic who came to stop him turns out to be just as ruthless. The sole survivor of that day, David is determined to get revenge. He spends the next 10 years learning everything he can to someday kill Steelheart.
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Anonymous 6 months ago
I can put it into words how amazing this book is.
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Anonymous 12 months ago
I generally prefer my world-building the way I prefer spices in my food, sprinkled throughout the story (or dish), without overwhelming it too much. That said, the world created by Brandon Sanderson, an alternate reality in which some humans known as Epics were gifted with mankind-destroying super powers, completely sucked me in. The genius of STEELHEART lies in its characters, a team of rebels plotting to assassinate one of the most powerful Epics alive. In the tense, tight plotting that had me turning the pages as fast as I could. And most importantly, in the incredible complexity of a story that unfolds in the simplest way possible, while still leaving you guessing until the very last chapter. STEELHEART isn't quite dystopian YA, and it isn't quite science fiction. It's in a category all by itself, and I'd love to see a dozen more books that fit the same criteria.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sweeeeeeet
ShieldWolfJRS More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books i have ever read.