Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers.
The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible.
The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning - and he has something they need.
Not an object, but an experience. He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 26/09/2013
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780575103993
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Review by wyvernfriend
Not bad but there were times I didn't really care about what was happening with the characters. I was curious but not really engaged with them. David saw his dad die and nearly died himself in the aftermath by the hand of a superpowered man called Steelheart. A burst in the sky created superheroes, or Epics as they are called, out of many people and with that power came megalomania. America is now fiefs controled by these Epics and David lives in one and obsessively studies them. He wants Steelheart to die, to pay for all the deaths he has caused and he joins the Reckoners, a group of ordinary people fighting the Epics, to do this. What happens is an interesting discussion of power and what it can do to people.It's an interesting look at a more realistic view of what would happen if you had people with a lot of power and not a lot of morals but it didn't quite work as well as I expected. Not a bad read but somehow I felt that it could be better.