“I’ve seen Steelheart bleed. And I will see him bleed again.”
Calling all superhero fans and geeks! Have I got a book for you! Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson is a complete knockout! A creative twist on the classic superhero tale, Steelheart is fast-paced, thrilling, and absolutely addicting! The novel takes place in the not so distant future, where men and woman known as Epics have begun emerging with extraordinary powers. Rather than using their incredible gifts for the betterment of mankind, however, Epics everywhere become selfish, corrupt, and downright evil. The worst of them all is Steelheart, an Epic so powerful that he rules all of Chicago with his iron fist. Possessing incredible strength, no bullet can harm him, no knife can split his skin, and no amount of fire can cause the slightest burn.
Terrified of Steelheart and his cronies, no one dares to challenge his control, that is until David comes along. Years previous, when Steelheart first came to Chicago, he killed David’s father. Since then David has been studying, planning, and preparing to seek his revenge. While many people would call David crazy for attempting to kill an Epic who is known to be invincible, there is one thing working in David’s favour. Unlike the rest of the world, David has seen Steelheart bleed, and he is determined to make it happen again.
One of the things that I loved most about Steelheart was the fact that it did a complete 180 on the typical superhero story. Rather than having an origin story where a character discovers their superpowers and uses them to help save the world, the true hero in Steelheart is just an ordinary teenage boy. Instead of x-ray vision, spidey senses, or telepathy, David is forced to rely on his intelligence, perception, and intuition to defeat this group of super villains. And unlike Bruce Wayne, he doesn’t have millions of dollars worth of gadgets at his disposal!
I also really enjoyed the fact that Steelheart was published as a novel rather than a comic book. It seems to me like Superhero stories are almost exclusively published as graphic novels, and it was refreshing to use my own imagination for once, rather than the illustrator’s, to construct my own vision of these extraordinary events and characters. I’m not going to lie though, I would be absolutely ecstatic if Brandon Sanderson decided to do a graphic novel adaptation of Steelheart at some point in the future! In fact, many fans have already begun creating their own art, like this amazing image of super villain Death Point from the opening scene of the book by Kristal Babich.
Overall, my only complaint about Steelheart is that it was so good I’ll be going out of my mind waiting for the sequel to come out! Firefight isn’t set to be published until next year, and I need to know what will happen next right now! I wish I could say more, but for the sake of preventing any spoilers, I’ll have to end this review here. You’ll just have to trust me when I say that Steelheart is EPIC (pun intended)!
Rating: 5 Stars