November is a superheroes month: before with Vicious and now with Steelheart. In both books we don’t deal with extraordinary brave good men but with beings corrupted by power.
The two novels are of course different: “Steelheart” is the first of a series while “Vicious” seems a stand alone novel, maybe this is why in the former there are no great detail on how people got superpowers, the latter instead focus also on this topic (introducing new ideas).
On the following my thoughts about “Steelheart”.
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Ten years before the story superheroes appeared: they were evil beings desiring power, not the brave men comics tell about.
The novel is set in Newcago (ex Chicago), ruled by Steelheart, an apparently immortal heroe.
David is dreaming revenge since ten years ago and wants to kill Steelheart, but to do so he has to join the Reckoners, normal men fighting superheroes.
The novel is nice but far from the marvels of the Mistborn series, here lots of times action scenes (sometimes it seems the screenplay of a movie) replace reflections and thoughts.
The story is narrated from David’s POV: on one hand this is interesting since the reader is not omniscient and may enjoy some coup de theatre, on the other the poor characterization of David is more evident; the boy almost does not stop thinking about what’s happening around him but always acts efficiently and this is somewhat unbelievable (in particular in the ending part).
Overall this is an enjoyable novel that does not add much to the genre, I will read the following books hoping in an improvement of these shortcomings.
* Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson – ★★★☆☆½
*I read this book in English