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Good new series, not his best work.,
This review is from: Steelheart (The Reckoners) (Hardcover)
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Brandon Sanderson is an very fast writer that consistently produces good book after good book. I've been a fan of him since Elantris and I always rush out to buy whatever new book he has. His work, although formulaic, is enjoyable to read and always feels high in quality.
Steelheart is set in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic Chicago. The denizens of the book call this new Chicago 'Newcago' (yeah I wondered about that as well). The story follows David, a young man entranced with the world's new Epics. Epics are superhumans that used to be mortals until a meteor named Calamity appeared in the sky. David is obsessed with bringing vengeance on one particular epic, Steelheart.
Now that we have the basic plot down we can go into a bit of review. I won't try to spoil anything but be warned that most reviews will have a bit of spoilers in them. Steelheart is a book with excellent pacing in the drama and action departments, but I can't help but feel it was a bit too formulaic. Its almost as if Brandon was writing this as a school project rather than trying to publish it. The main character is again a bit of a know-it-all who falls for a cute girl. There is an older, mysterious character that always saves the day. There is a mysterious magic source that no one really understands. This is all textbook Sanderson, and if you've read his previous books you will feel right at home here.
Besides the obvious use of a worn formula I found this book enjoyable. The action scenes were consistent and well-paced. His New Chicago felt like an actual city and most of his characters exhibited varying personalities. The main characters were (mostly) given detailed back stories that were entertaining to read about and sometimes crucial to the plot.
Overall if you're a fan of Sanderson you will most likely read this book in an afternoon. However, if you never heard of the guy's works I would recommend picking up one of his other excellent series, such as Mistborn or Way of Kings, before jumping into this one.
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Initial post: Aug 20, 2013 4:06:41 PM PDT
Thanks for the good review.
I am apprehensive about amazon's webpage for this book. It says the age range is 12 and up, and the grade level is 7 and up. Is this book for adults, or not?
Posted on Aug 20, 2013 7:16:31 PM PDT
James Sidey says:
Pablo, I'm curious... how are you reviewing this before the book has been released?
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013 8:27:36 PM PDT
Hey James. I'm part of the Amazon Vine program which gives some users early access to certain items for review. It can be anything from children's toys to books.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013 8:36:35 PM PDT
Thanks for the comment Solipso. This book definitely reads like a 'young adult' book. Although the main character is 18, at times it feels like he's much younger and that does detract a bit from the enjoyment of older readers. However if you can get past that you'll find that the book can be enjoyable for almost all ages.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2013 3:18:52 AM PDT
James Sidey says:
You lucky dog!
Well... I'm looking forward to reading Steelheart when it comes out.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2013 3:33:04 PM PDT
Reply to Pablo's preceding comment:
Thank's, Pablo. I appreciate the honesty.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2013 1:31:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 22, 2013 1:32:05 PM PDT
John S. Dean says:
I almost grabbed this from the Vine as well, but was put off by the "children's" category it was put in, so passed it by. I love Sanderson, and the other series you list do exemplify his writing ability, one reason I was glad he was the one they picked to finish the Wheel of Time series. I'll just end up waiting for this to be available in the Kindle store I think for a time I don't have anything more pressing to read or re-read.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 9:02:45 PM PDT
Anthony Valenzano says:
Why this new series? What's going on with The Way Of Kings series? Am I the only one that thinks that this was his best work so far?
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 9:14:19 PM PDT
I Burn Brass says:
He does this for a mental break between the huge epics. He claims it keeps him fresh and creatively free. He cranks out a huge book about every 12-18 months and one or three tidbits like this in-between. The man is amazing.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2013 12:00:05 PM PDT
Yes he is amazing, I truly don't know how he can write as quickly as he does and maintain quality as he does.