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Saturday, September 5, 2015

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Review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (Not Exactly a Review or Even a Letter)

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: PUBLISHER
Reviewer: Sophia

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning - and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

I didn't really feel like writing a full review for Steelheart, so here's a list for you to take a gander at (and it sums up what I think... mostly).

Six Things You Should Know About Steelheart
  1. In the overall view, this is a revenge book laced with superheroness. Eight year old David witnessed his father being killed by an Epic, a human with superpowers. Ten years later, he vows to join the Reckoners, a group of people who hunt and kill Epics for a living, and convince them to help him kill Steelheart.
  2. From the two superhero books I've read, superheroes have really sad nicknames. Steelheart, Nightwielder, Firefight – it might sound really cool, but... ew. (You'll find a review for that other one sometime in the near future.) O_O
  3. Sanderson writes this in a way that I actually liked and I'm not annoyed David is out wanting Steelheart's head on a platter in revenge. Not... really.
  4. David is as socially awkward as that one dude who probably has the same name in that one movie. Lucy London still takes the trophy as the best socially awkward character (plus, who can beat her? She's absolutely adorable!).
  5. David sucks at metaphors. I don't know if that's just Sanderson or the character, but David just tries too hard with the metaphors. Have I mentioned it makes him seem socially awkward?
  6. Have I mentioned those metaphors are so bad, it's bleeping hilarious? The explanations David comes up with makes it even more bad, thus more hilarious.
I really think I'm only interested in the second book because I want to see what David and the Reckoners are going to be up to.

4 Owls

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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts, but also found on various parts of the internet. She's a 19-year-old communications major who has weird humor and doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.