Action! Adventure! Supervillains!
An unknown Calamity has caused certain people to develop all sorts of extraordinary superpowers. With their new abilities, these Epics have also become quite corrupted and seemingly invincible. Using their powers for destruction and control, the world has become fractured with people living under the Epics’ rule. The good guys are a small band of ordinary people called the Reckoners who are fighting back against the Epics with the help of Prof and his fantastic technology.
The series begins with our scrappy (and sometimes awkward) protagonist, David, in his obsessive quest to join the Reckoners and take down one of the most powerful Epics, Steelheart, who killed his father ten years earlier. Twists and turns move the story along very quickly as David and the Reckoners face the war that they’re about to start.
In all of his writing, Brandon Sanderson’s world-building and magic (or superpower) systems are incredible. He’s a favorite. I haven’t listened to any of the audiobook versions, but according to other reviews, MacLeod Andrews does a wonderful job with narration.
- Steelheart #1 (September 2013)
- Mitosis #1.5, short story (December 2013)
- Firefight #2 (January 2015)
- Calamity #3 (February 2016)
Random House Kids. (2013, September 5). Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/6sC9NtpXLH4