It’s a bit embarrassing to be a SF fan and admit this in public, but it’s time to face facts: superhero novels just aren’t my bag.
I have enjoyed superhero short fiction, comics, and films, but even the excellently written Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson couldn’t keep my attention. Finally: here’s proof that it’s not the novel, folks. It’s me!
If you are wired up to enjoy superhero stories, ignore my problems and read this book. The novel opens with a memorable scene where the protagonist, David Charleston, sees his father get killed by an emerging villain with superpowers called Steelheart. Even though David is a child, he realizes that he saw something extraordinary during the events that killed his father: he saw Steelheart bleed. Steelheart is supposed to be completely impervious to attack, but that day proved to young David that there’s a chink somewhere in Steelheart’s armor that nobody else knows about. Ten years later, David is determined to bring down Steelheart who has seized control of Newcago. He ends up joining The Reckoners, the last active group of dissidents who are fighting the control of Epics like Steelheart. They hatch a plan to make Steelheart come out in the open where they hope to defeat him. And that’s about where I stopped reading.
The novel is as suspenseful as advertised, and it’s as well-written as you’d expect a Brandon Sanderson novel to be. If you hate waiting around for a series to end, you might want to hold off on reading this first book until more of the series is released. The next volume is due out this Fall.
If you’re not into superhero stories, you might want to try one of Sanderson’s fantasy series. For YA book addicts out there, check out his other YA series, The Rithmatist. If you prefer books for adults, consider reading the Mistborn books (oh, how much I love these!) or his magnum opus, The Stormlight Archive.
Happy reading, everybody!