DNF Review: Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson

March 6, 2014 2014 Read & Review, 2014 Reading Challenge - Review, 3.0 Stars, Did Not Finish (DNF), Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Fantasy - Hopeful, Flights of Fantasy, Group Read, Meh, Orphan Farmboy Trope, series, Urban Fantasy, YA/MG 0


There are no heroes.

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 wills.

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 was bored. I found the book well written and equally as easy to put down. I tried my best to push my way through – even though I was constantly annoyed by the worldbuilding – at least 100 pages.

I was beyond irritated by the idea of the city and it’s people living in darkness for 10 years. WTF?? WHY? How is that even remotely possible? How would people live? How would they keep their teeth?? The whole idea just bothered the crap out of me. How would people eat? How are they able to sustain themselves in any way? The text doesn’t say but it does say that the country has fallen into little city-states ruled/owned by Epics and the worldbuilding implies little cooperation between different groups of Epics.

And the Diggers were another idea not fully explained. Who/what were the Diggers and why did they go crazy? If they were just people charged with digging holes…why describe them with a proper noun (Diggers vs. diggers)?


After that I was done. I’d made an honest try and it’s a library book and due. Maybe I’ll try again later.

Three stars because the writing was fine but meh.

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