When Calamity appeared in the sky, people were gifted with powers. These people became Epics, and they quickly entered into battles for control of territory, catching normal humans in the wake. Steelheart, an extremely powerful Epic, killed David’s father when he took over Chicago, transforming it into a city of solid steel. Ever since his father’s murder, David’s planning on revenge. He’s seen something no one else has: he’s seen Steelheart bleed, and he wants to make it happen again. In order to reach his goal, David seeks out the Reckoners, the only group of people who dares to stand against Epics.
What a concept! Sanderson takes the concept of superhero powers and makes it something incredibly dark: Epics are extremely egotistical and cruel, with Steelheart being the worst of them. However, Sanderson does not just leave that concept there; there are plenty to discover about Epics and their nature, and Sanderson does a good job of playing with your expectations throughout the story. If you are looking for a story with a unique setting and action-packed plot, this book’s for you.