Today I’m reviewing Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. This review will contain spoilers. I’m going to start by talking about what I like, then I’ll share what I don’t like, and then I’ll go into my overall thoughts.
This is the first book I’m reviewing that isn’t a reread. I first read Steelheart in late December.
I really like the worldbuilding in this book. The whole idea of people getting superpowers and only becoming villains (rather than heroes) is really interesting. Ordinary people have to be the heroes. The setting is great too. I like how Newcago is dark and full of steel, underground catacombs. I also like how the details within the story speak to the amount of research Sanderson did. For example, the characters talk about guns a lot, and they go into enough details you can tell Sanderson knows a few things about guns.
All of my other favorite things have to do with the characters. I love how much of a nerd David is. I love how he can be both a hero and a nerd. I particularly like his knack for determining Epics’ weaknesses. His improvisation is also really great, especially in the scene with the arms dealer. I really enjoy following David’s character.
Another character I like is Cody because he’s really quirky. My favorite character is probably Prof, though. I’m intrigued by the mystery behind his character, and he fits my favorite character type better than anyone else.
There are only a few things I don’t like about this book. I’m going to be doing a post on the tropes I hate soon, and one of the worst ones (in my opinion) is the resurrection trope. I hate it when characters die only to come back later. This is the case with Megan in this book. I don’t like that she doesn’t stay dead. I also don’t understand how David survives half the things he does. David should’ve died several times.
The last thing I’m not a fan of is how predictable this book was. I guessed a lot of the so-called twists early on. It doesn’t ruin a book for me, but it makes it less enjoyable. I don’t like it when I can guess all the major twists long before they happen.
While the plot was a little predictable, I find the worldbuilding fascinating and the characters engaging. I read this book super quickly and immediately dove into the sequel. I wouldn’t say this is one of my favorite books—it’s a little more sci-fi than fantasy for me—but I still really enjoyed reading it.