Steelheart

Steelheart

eBook - 2013
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At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners--the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780449818398
044981839X
Branch Call Number: eBook--Ya & Jr High
Characteristics: 1 online resource (386 pages)

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Mr_Cliff Oct 28, 2017

This is a great superhero book with a main character who isn't a superhero! Although he is fascinated by them, he is actually working against them because their power has gone to their heads. The people with powers actually aren't heroes at all, they are villains who rule through fear and violence. It is up to the resistance, made up of normal folks, who find and exploit the weaknesses of those with powers. Great idea from a great author and the start to a great series. Read it!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 20, 2017

From the outside, Steelheart seems like nothing more than your average, bland YA novel: orphaned teenaged kid fights evil supervillains in a dystopian world… nothing special, right? Wrong. The odd thing about Steelheart is that it is able to turn a flat and unoriginal premise into something amazing. It’s written with passion and spunk, and it’s a brilliant example of taking something boring and uncreative and making it extraordinary. Sanderson really knows how to write convincing, fluid characters, and in Steelheart, they seem to leap off of the page with their authenticity. Each and every single one is wonderfully complex and realistic. Unpredictable and intense, hilarious and epic, Steelheart turns the tropes of every boring YA novel on its head. You’ll wish it never ends. 5/5
- @Apis of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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blue_dog_31717
Aug 17, 2017

Wow. Just wow. One of my favorite books EVER. A stunning page-turner with twists and turns until the last page. The characters, story, plot, and setting all contribute to this must read.

I enjoyed this book. Just when you think that it has an ending like you've seen before, it changes into some ending you never saw coming. I especially liked how the main character wasn't some dumb, idiotic character that was great at everything. In fact, he just might be the opposite which makes this book 10x better. The author added logic into everything he wrote so you can never think, "Why didn't the characters just do <inserts a better idea>."

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Ruby11
Feb 24, 2017

Great read! I really enjoyed the unique superpower system and I loved the way the author pressed the idea of too much power corrupting even the best of people. Very action-packed and I really like the world building and characters. They were very relatable and complex especially the main. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who likes superheroes, fantasy, magic or anyone who just likes a good, fast-paced book.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

In love with this fantasy series.

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pcrouch
Jul 14, 2016

A very good book, and an interesting embodiment of the fact that power corrupts people, and in this case, it was literal

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fooclue2
Jun 01, 2016

I loved this book! The beginning is a little slow, but once it kicks into high gear, it's really good reading!

KATIE ESCHER May 11, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. The plot is pretty original, and I like that it's a sci-fi dystopian book that doesn't have a heavy secondary romance plot.

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justnacl
Apr 14, 2016

This is book 1 of the Reckoners series.
The series' page doesn't list this.

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blue_dog_31717
Aug 17, 2017

blue_dog_31717 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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kianlaroche
Feb 03, 2017

kianlaroche thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 99

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

xzhang17 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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awhayat2
Nov 22, 2014

awhayat2 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 18

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mytwodog
Jun 24, 2014

mytwodog thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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maroon_moose_12
Jun 17, 2014

maroon_moose_12 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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blue_bear_910
Jun 01, 2014

blue_bear_910 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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green_tiger_230
Jan 10, 2014

green_tiger_230 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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blue_dog_31717
Aug 17, 2017

"You keep us in the darkness. You show off your terrible powers.... You want us to be afraid... because the only that can kill you is people who fear you.

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“Where there are villains, there will be heroes. Just wait. They will come.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“We were like deaf people trying to dance to a beat we couldn't hear, long after the music actually stopped.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“You can't be so frightened of what might happen that you are unwilling to act.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

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xzhang17
Aug 24, 2015

“Never throw the first punch. If you have to throw the second, try to make sure they don't get up for a third.”

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Koolguy
Jul 16, 2015

"I've seen Steelheart bleed."

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maroon_moose_12
Jun 17, 2014

"You are an epic, It all makes sense now!"

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

David has spent his life tracking Epics after Steelheart killed his father when he was eight. He joins the Reckoners to avenge his death.

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

The book opens with David’s memorable narration of his father’s death. He also manages to explain that Epics were ordinary men who suddenly possessed extraordinary powers after the appearance of “Calamity” in the night sky. As a kid, David believed in what his father believed, that although there were bad Epics who were using their powers for personal advantage, there also must be heroes that would protect the general public from the bad Epics. While David and his father are visiting a banker, an Epic named Deathpoint (yep, you guessed it, if he points at you, you will vaporize) storms into the bank and starts killing people left and right to prove his power. David’s father planned on shooting Deathpoint with a gun from one of the fallen security guards, but is stopped when another more powerful Epic named Steelheart also enters the bank. Steelheart names himself the ruler of Chicago and in the ensuing aftermath Deathpoint tries to strangle Steelheart from behind. David’s father, wrongfully believing Steelheart is the hero everyone has been waiting for, shoots Deathpoint in the head. In the process, Steelheart’s face is grazed by the bullet, surprising everyone, especially Steelheart. Scared by his sudden vulnerability, Steelheart executes David’s father and all the people in the bank to remove all eyewitnesses. All except David. Ten years later, David has grown up by himself in Newcago (Chicago under Steelheart’s rule) and has been plotting vengeance the whole time. His knowledge of Epics leads him to the Reckoners, a shadowy group of humans who are the only ones fighting back. Can David help the Reckoners defeat Steelheart and liberate the people of Newcago? Read Steelheart to find out!

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Koolguy
Jul 17, 2015

This book is about an 18 year old boy wanting revenge on a so-called superhero, who killed his father!

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maroon_moose_12
Jun 17, 2014

David watched his dad die in a bank by an epic named steel heart, he has spent the last 10 years of his life preparing for this moment and finally it has arrived...He saw steelheart bleed now he will see him bleed again.

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penguinfami1 Mar 16, 2016

Other: Megan doesn't wear any clothes at one point.

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maroon_moose_12
Jun 17, 2014

Other: Very very minimal language and sexual content. He is a teen boy, he tells you what he is thinking but it is nothing absolutely terrible

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