Negative Review: Steelheart

17182126Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: 2013
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Supervillains, Revenge


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 will. 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.


I thought this book would rock my world.

I mean, I have heard so much about this god-writer named Brandon Sanderson, whose fantasy works blow the minds of readers, that I needed to see if the hype around him was a well-deserved reflection on the author’s skills.

Well, you know, even if I disliked this book, I do believe he is a good writer. Honestly, I was very excited about the story in the beginning. The prologue was breath-taking and, in the following chapters, the author presented the world in such an interesting way, never actually dumping the info on us as though we’re robots ready to absorb it.

He went at it gently and during moments where the information mattered. But something happened after about one hundred pages in. Before that, I was all about David bonding with the Reckoners and planning Steelheart’s demise.

Expect, when it started to seem like there would be more planning than acting, more theory than practice, I began to lose interest. I believe this author is at his best when he is writing action scenes.

Perhaps I would have felt differently if I had cared about David and his crew enough to enjoy their incessant blah blah blah. I welcome conversation in my reads, but only if the latter is important or interesting. David is the kind of guy who talks all the time, especially when he’s nervous. He makes a lot of errors that he should have died for but somehow managed not to and that bothers me because he always seemed to take his luck for granted.

As for the crew, I did not care about them because I knew close to nothing about their personal lives. The only thing that is clearly presented is their function in the group. It’s easy to say that he or she is a sniper and leave it to the reader to decide to connect or not. Hello, I need more.

My not liking this book does not mean I will not give this author another try. Hell, I might even give this same book a second go if I start missing the characters… Sadly, I do not think that will happen. Cheers.


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One thought on “Negative Review: Steelheart

  1. That’s too bad you didn’t enjoy this book. I just finished it and loved it, although I did find David annoying at times. I just loved the idea of the Epics and their weaknesses.
    I would definitely recommend reading some of his adult fantasy novels. They’re a million times better. I’d recommend starting with The Final Empire or his short story The Emperor’s Soul.


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