by Brandon Sanderson
This book was very good, it was fast and easy to read and I felt like the author had really put a lot of thought into the whole thing. Love the writing too. Great worldbuilding and the characters had distinctive voices and overall I definitely like it. I did find it a bit hard to get into at first, but after few chapters it held my interest. At first I did feel like I was reading some sort of X-Men fan-fiction and that did put me off a bit, but after I got over that feeling it all went a lot better.
One thing that kind of bugs me a bit after finishing it, is that I can’t remember the name of the main character. I do remember him being called Knees by the girl, Megan. I also remember the other members of the Reckoners: Tia, Cody, Jon (Prof), A… (?? I want to sat Amadeus, but I am pretty sure that’s wrong).
So, apparently I forgot the name of the guy that starts with an A too, but in my defense I am usually bad with names. However, that was not the important part though, what I tried to point out was that I don’t feel like it’s a good thing to forget the main character.Was he not unique enough? Was his name not mentioned a lot? Or is it just me? I don’t see why I can’t remember the name of the guy I spend yesterday reading about. I don’t want to put down the rating of book because of it since it’s a very good book and with a nice plot and a great ending. I am a bit sad that it didn’t stick better than it did and even with the nice ending and the hook if left me with, I don’t feel the need to jump into the sequel right away. And I would have wanted to feel that.
I do love the main character’s voice even if I can’t remember his name, I think he’s so funny and just adorable and nerdy in such a perfect way. It’s a dark story with a lot of emotions and sadness, but the author still manages to bring out glimpses of happiness and there are lots of jokes and funny moments that makes me smile. I like that.
So the conclusion is that I don’t want to say that this is the best book I’ve ever read, but it’s the best in quite a while and I do recommend it to everyone interested in this kind of genre, which I would put as an YA Sci-Fi.
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The ending was in a way one of the best things for me and I think that the build up was great and throughout the whole book you waited for that final moment when they would fight Steelheart. I did, however, figure out Steelheart’s weakness already in the prologue and the whole way through the book I just couldn’t understand why they didn’t even guess right. I thought it was rather obvious.
About the rest of the ending, the deal with Prof being an Epic (I had to look up what they were called, cause I kept wanting to call them Elite, which obviously is wrong) was kind of expected. Perhaps not at first, but these was many clues that led me to realize this long before the end, but I didn’t mind that. Of course, I would have preferred to get this “Oh, now I understand everything that has happened”-feeling when it was revealed that he was an epic, but I was more like, “Yeah, I could have told you that fifteen chapters ago.” Still it was a great twist to the story.
And Megan…yeah, I didn’t see that one coming and that I absolutely loved. It was the best part, and since I have the sequel already, I have been wondering throughout Steelheart why the sequel is named Firefight. The name just didn’t make sense to me. I always figured that they’d have to get rid of him (yeah, him. I really thought it was a him) in this book. I also thought that Firefight wasn’t a big threat so why would Sanderson name the sequel after that Epic? Well…now I know. And I love it. Thank you for that Brandon Sanderson.