Monday, December 29, 2014

[Book Review] Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

"What's Your Flavor" is a series of reader's advisory sessions where library staff learn the distinctive qualities of fiction and non-fiction genres. After each session they are tasked with selecting a book to read and review. 

Reader’s Advisory: Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Review

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Young Adult

Linda reviews STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson (Delacorte Press, 2013)
It’s been ten years since Calamity, a meteor event that caused normal people to develop superhuman abilities. It’s been ten years since David watched Steelheart kill his father with his own gun.  Now 18 years old, David is ready to seek his revenge on Steelheart and wants to join a group of rebels called the Reckoners.  

David has amassed a wealth of knowledge about the Epics over the years and filled several notebooks with what he’s learned.  He knows their names, their abilities, and how they can be defeated.  He’s ranked them according to their invincibility, calling those with no known weakness High Epics. Steelheart is thought to be a High Epic, but David has seen him bleed before and is determined to see him bleed again.  

The characters are fun - smart and quirky – and the witty dialogue moves the plot easily and quickly.  The world building is great.  I would call it a dystopian/comic book mash-up, with lots of action and a nail-biting ending that will leave you wanting the next one to see what happens to these great characters.
Linda Wong, Bartlett Public Library

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