Bad guy super, good guy smart
March 4, 2015 by Guest Blogger
Book Review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
~Contributed by Ian, Young Adults’ Services
Thirteen years ago, the Calamity happened, and people began to manifest extraordinary abilities — superpowers. People call them Epics. But there are no Epic heroes … everyone who has these powers turned out to be evil. Governments couldn’t stand against the Epics. Steelheart, a “high Epic” in the language of those who study them, has proclaimed himself Emperor of Chicago.
But David Charleston knows something about Steelheart that no one else knows. Every Epic has a weakness, and David has devoted his life to figuring out their weaknesses. His goal is to join up with the Reckoners — an organization that attempts to fight back against the evil Epics. And then he’s going to take down Steelheart.
This book was published as Young Adult fiction, but I think it has a huge amount of crossover/general appeal. It’s a world of super-villains with no superheroes to fight them! And it’s a different take on superpowers. I mean, sure, every Young Adult book out there has teens with superpowers — but, in this series, most of the Epics are adults, and the teen protagonist doesn’t have special powers. Lots of fun to read! Steelheart
is the first book in The Reckoners series
. The second book, Firefight
is already out, and the third book, Calamity
, is still in the works.