Series: The Reckoners #1
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers on September 24, 2013
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
OH MY GOD! This book!! Why did I not read you for like, a million years???
I swear, Steelheart and I have been playing the book equivalent of phone tag. I originally got a copy of it at BEA. I only really stood in line to get one because Eileen wanted to get one for Inky. I wasn’t convinced it was really a book for me… but I got one anyway.
Then I never read it.
It sat on my shelf like a poor, lonely, abandoned book.
Then, a few months later, I suddenly wanted to read it. The problem? I was in the UK and my copy was sitting 5,000 miles away in California. Oops. Luckily there was a Kindle sale so I bought it then… but I still didn’t read it for WEEKS. Then I read it during one crazy insomniac night…
I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS MISSING!
This book rocks super hard you guys! I don’t know why I ever doubted it. For some reason the synopsis never screamed “Ashley book” to me, which is weird because I love the word “Epic” and I love superheroes (even if they’re assholes).
Steelheart had a lot more personality than I anticipated. The main character, David, was a pretty funny guy! He was kind of like a sci-fi version of Dr. House in the sense that he kept coming up with elaborate metaphors, some of which were good, but others were slightly ridiculous. I don’t normally connect with male characters all that well, but David’s character was just so ALIVE! I loved seeing him drool over a girl a bit, and make himself look like an idiot, and then do something CRAZY EPIC COOL on a total whim. He was a bit of a badass! But also kind of a nerd.. but in a really cool way.
And oh damn, Steelheart will completely keep you guessing! This book has so many crazy mysteries and twists. And even though I guessed a few of them, there was still that burning desire to see if I was right! So I had to keep reading!
If you’re into superheroes, dystopian books, epic badass rebels, explosions, and crazy motorcycle car chases, you NEED to give this book a go!