My book club meets in a bout an hour, and I realized I never posted about what we read last month. I really enjoyed the book I read for the August prompt: a body part in the title. Since people will start showing up at my door soon, I promise to keep this post short. I read Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, which in the first book in his Reckoners series.
Amazon summarizes Steelheart this way: Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary people extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. Epics are no friends of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man, you must crush his will.
Now, in what was once Chicago, an astonishingly powerful Epic named Steelheart has installed himself as emperor. Steelheart possesses the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said that no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, and no fire can burn him. He is invincible. Nobody fights back . . . nobody but the Reckoners.
A shadowy group of ordinary humans, the Reckoners spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in.
When Steelheart came to Chicago, he killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David has been studying, and planning, and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He has seen Steelheart bleed.
And he wants revenge.
I really enjoyed the book, but something about it prevented me from giving it 5/5 stars. I think it was the first person young male perspective. There were too many references to attraction to a female character and about her body. Those really took me out of the story and felt *blech*.
I did see a couple of the twists coming a few chapters before their full reveal in the book. I like this sort of pacing. I feel smart for seeing it coming, but it isn’t so obvious as to think the characters are dumb for not seeing it sooner. Sanderson managed to surprise me a few times.
Overall, a fun anti-superhero story. I plan on reading the rest of the series. I did read Mitosis, the short story which immediately comes after Steelheart.
Other books read by people in my book club for this prompt included:
- Anna Dressed in Blood by Kandare Blake
- Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
- A Promise of Ankles by Alexander McCall Smith