BOOK REVIEW: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Calamity (a certain day in the past) brought about a change in many humans, giving them superhuman powers. Instead of rising up as heroes, the super humans--called Epics--use their power to kill and rule the inferior human race. Browbeaten and fearfully trying to survive in a broken world, a group of humans--called Reckoners--go about taking down Epics one by one. David tracks down this group, determined to solicit their help in bringing down Steelheart, the Epic who killed his father. Steelheart rules Newcago. Steelheart is evil. And Steelheart is untouchable. Bullets ricochet off his body. But he has a weakness that they must figure out to take him down and bring peace to the broken city of Newcago...and sooth David's need for revenge.
Sanderson does a great job writing from the point of view of an 18 year old boy with a crush. Probably helps that he was one, once. It was a very interesting and probably real to life depiction of what would happen if humans were given super human powers. (Guys like Peter Parker are far and few in between. No wonder most superheroes come from other planets!) It was suspenseful and kept me reading, and the end held surprising twists and answers as all his books do, but I wasn't totally drawn into it like I usually am his work. What was unusual was I could put it down for much longer and it didn't call to me. Maybe because I've never enjoyed oogling girls in tight tank tops. ? (Though in the end in the end he does have good reason to do so.) Somehow I enjoyed it better the second time through. It does its job at being a good, quick and suspenseful read with a clever plot and storyline. Perfect for young adult audience, especially young men. I'd rate it PG-13 for violence. 4.5 stars.