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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson Review

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Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson
September 24, 2013
Delacorte Press
Hardcover, 386 pgs

What it’s about:

Ten years ago Calamity happened. With a burst of blinding light, ordinary humans began developing super-human powers. Ordinary people began calling these extraordinary individuals Epics. Gifted with incredible power, the Epics succumbed to the desire to control and rule those weaker than themselves. The world became a place terrorized by super villains with no superheroes to save the day. The only people crazy enough to stand up to the Epics is an underground group ordinary humans who are dedicated to studying the Epics, learning their weakness, and assassinating them. They call themselves the Reckoners, and David wants in. He will stop at nothing to exact revenge on the Epic who killed his father. Steelheart has a weakness and David intents to find it.

Why you might like it:

Can I just say that you might like it because it is so completely awesome? Is that enough for you? No? Fine. If you like crazy unexplained events that alter the course of human history, you’ll probably like this. Are you a fan of the underdog going up against impossible odd because it is the right thing to do, then you might want to check this out. Do you like totally epic battles? You’ll love Steelheart. Do you love a crazy twist? Good, because this book has one. So let’s add up all the pluses: horrible villains with superpowers, ordinary humans as the heroes, intense battles, and crazy plot twists. That’s all the convincing I need! Have I sold you on Steelheart yet? Because I cannot stress enough how much fun this book is. I am desperate for the sequel, Firefight.

Want more like this?

I recommend checking out Avalon by Mindee Arnett,  Eye of the Minds by James Dashner, Vicious by V.E. Schwab, and Legend by Marie Lu.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

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Vicious by V.E. Schwab Review

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This was my Random Read selection for February and I LOVED it!

Vicious by V.E. Schwab
September 24, 2014
Tor
Hardcover, 364 pgs.

What it’s about:
From YA author Victoria Schwab (Near Witch, 2011, The Archived, 2013), comes a new adult science fiction novel. When Victor and Eli first meet in college they are both ambitious and arrogant and slightly socially awkward. During their senior year a shared interest in near-death experiences and super human powers lead them to pose an interesting hypothesis. They believed that under the right circumstances it was possible for certain people to gain extraordinary powers. This was interesting as a theory, but deadly during the experimental phase. Ten years after that fateful semester Victor has escaped from prison and is hunting down his former friend. Fortunately for Victor, Eli is also on the look out for Victor as part of his crusade to eliminate ExtraOrdinaries (EOs) from the world. Both men are fueled by rage, armed with terrible powers, and dead-set on revenge.

Why you might like it:

Though marketed as an adult novel, I think high school readers would probably enjoy this book, so if you are a fan of Victoria Schwab, you might want to check out Vicious. If you like enjoy stories where the lines between good and evil are blurred, you will probably like the moral ambiguity in this book. If you are intrigued by the idea of having superpowers, you should probably read this book. It might change your mind! Are you a fan of revenge tales? That’s Vicious! Looking for complex friendships, unlikely heroes, and strange friendships? Look no further! If you like your reading deep, dark, and dangerous you will find all of that here. Bottom line: this book is fabulous! I found the cover off-putting, so this is a perfect opportunity to NOT judge a book by its cover!

Want more like this?

The first book that comes to mind is Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. Both tell the story of extraordinary powers corrupting people. I’ll have to think about more readalike!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan