Buddy read with the following people: Athena
, Kat Stark
, and the latecomer Sarah
The easiest and shortest description would be, "X-Men gone bad"; I am sure somebody already mentioned this in a review. Anyway, in near future some people (called Epics) gained superpowers - all kinds of them. Have you ever hear the saying "Power corrupts"? What about superpower? In the dystopian society of North America the continent is divided between invincible - for all practical purposes - Epics who consider the world to be their playground with themselves being the ultimate authorities.
One such Epic rules Chicago - now called Newcago. He can turn any non-living matter to steel: thus his name and he is completely immune to all ways of killing a person known to humanity. He is a dictator who kills random people to keep the rest in fear of him. One such killed person was main character's (David) father. David is also the only living person who saw Steelheart bleed. He is bent on revenge and wants to see the invincible dictator bleed again. His only hope of achieving this would be finding a mysterious terrorist group known as Reckoners and joining them.
For my thoughts about the book it is sufficient to say this is Brandon Sanderson at his best. The first chapter starts with a great action scene and it only gets more intense as it goes alone. The author is one of acknowledged masters of writing great one-on-one action scenes and if you do not believe it read this book as a proof. Be warned: it is practically impossible to stop reading once you reach last fifth of the book, so plan your life accordingly.
It has exactly the same “Wow!” feeling as I had when I first saw the movie Matrix.
It is not all about the action though. There were quite a few question raised, like terrorism, redemption, humanity, and others. These parts of the book made for a nice breather between adrenalin rushes, they also made one think - just like David was forced to.
The book is supposed to belong to Young Adult genre, but it is highly entertaining for those who passed that particular time of their lives a long time ago. As a YA book, it firmly belongs to the best of the best of the genre. Highly recommended - in case you have not read it yet and have even passing interest in such books.
This review is a copy/paste of my LeafMarks one: https://www.leafmarks.com/lm/#/users/10968/books/51763/review