Review: Steelheart

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book #27 for 2015
PopSugar Challenge Criterion Met: A book with a one-word title.

The prologue was a huge wow, but the rest of the book, not so much. It wasn’t bad. There were lots of good things and it was a fun read. It just did not live up to that opening. The prologue was well crafted, intense, and didn’t pull any punches. The remainder of the novel reverted to old-school YA. It rarely dug beneath the surface action, the characters were on the flat side, and it was a little bit predictable. There were some neat twists, though, and David’s improvs were fun to watch. I think this would probably make a better movie than a novel.

One of the things that bugged me the most, though, was the whole city of solid steel concept. When you think about it, that power is kinda lame. “Confersion” mostly renders the city uninviting at best, which was at odds with the frequent suggestions that “Newcago” had enviable infrastructure that attracted residents/minions. Yeah, I’m not buying it.

Considering the edginess that seems to be dominating the YA field these days, I would say this book is geared for fairly young readers, say, 5th grade as opposed to 8th or 9th grade. But while it never delved deep, it did have some interesting conversations about apathy versus activism, terrorism versus rebellion, and considering the consequences of your actions. So this wouldn’t be at all a bad book to give to a 5th-grader.

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