Review: Brandon Sanderson – Steelheart (Reckoners #1)

Brandon Sanderson: Steelheart (Reckoners #1); Brilliance Corpaudio, 12:15h, € 15,99

If you’re familiar with Brandon Sanderson’s fantasy novels, be prepared that this is different.

We’re in a new Chicago (Newcago) sometime in the future, and something has happened that caused Calamity, which in turn bestowed super powers on some humans – but not super humanity, alas.

Chicago becomes a permanently dark place of tyranny, where the ‘epics’ rule. It’s a dangerous place to be. A group of rebel fighters take it upon them to fight the epics.

Sanderson develops a very somber scenario, and we have to ask ourselves where the fight for freedom ends and terrorism starts (it is a question the rebels themselves can’t give an answer to).

Of course there is hope.

The characters are very well worked out, the book doesn’t lack humour, and the plot is well thought out. It’s fast-paced and one of the ‘unputdownables’ from this author’s pen.

It’s not a fantasy story, and I wouldn’t say it’s scifi, either, but some sort of Dystopia.

I look forward to listening to the sequels. McLeod Andrews’s narration was fantastic and makes a nice change from Michael Kramer, who narrates most of Branderson’s other books.


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