Steelheart ~ the audiobook

 

  • cfa0d67825b34bff42772d35239e17e7The Reckoners ~ Book 1
  • Author: Brandon Sanderson
  • Performed by MacLeod Andrews
  • Released: September 2013 by Audible Frontiers
  • Category: Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Apocalyptic/Post Apocalyptic
  • four-half-stars

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.

A very descriptive and sad prologue sets up the storyline, the trauma suffered by David and how that affects the choices he makes.

In a post Calamity world ruled by dark and chilling Epics, humans who gained fearful super powers, a small group of resistance fighters, The Reckoners, are killing Epics to try to undermine their hold on the world. 

David wants revenge against the most powerful ruling Epic, Steelheart, for the murder if his father 10 years ago. He joins The Reckoners (great characters) and they devise a plan.

David knows Steelheart has a weakness, he saw him bleed, but he doesn’t know for sure what the weakness is or how to utilise it to The Reckoners’ best advantage.

A good narrator makes all the difference to an audiobook but an exceptional narrator takes it to a whole new level. MacLeod Andrews comes into the latter category. He brings David to life and gives him personality and moves easily between each of the characters giving them all distinctive ‘voices’ and emotional depth as well as intenseness to the whole of the story.

Although this is classed as a young adult title it kind of hovers on the mid line between YA and adult.

There are morality issues to confront and lessons to learn, several unexpected twists and revelations turn things upside down. The characters are solid and likeable and I love how David is portrayed. He’s had to grow up fast but still has teenage moments of impulsiveness and acting without thought of the consequences. The banter between the group is appealing and comical at times.

Imaginative storytelling, which leaves enough unsaid to make me want to follow on with the next book, lots of fast paced action and suspense. In the Epic world superpowers are used for destruction and corruption but the Reckoners have a few tricks up their sleeves. 

The writing style appealed to me, very well done with vivid imagery and clever world building and I liked that there’s a darkness to the story. 

The book is available at  Amazon UK and Amazon US