“Because sometimes, you need to help the heroes along.”
This series is based around David Charleston, a man who lives in a futuristic Chicago (now called Newcago). Eight years prior to the start of the novel, minus an opening prologue, a star appeared in the sky above the world we know now. This star began to change humans into “Epics,” beings that have special powers. Each Epic has a special ability profile and more importantly, a weakness. David holds a grudge against these people because his father was killed by the ruler of Newcago, an indestructible Epic named Steelheart. Soon, David finds the Reckoners, a group of people who professional assassinate Epics, and they hatch a plan to kill Steelheart. Amidst love, confusion, and utter hatred, David has to find his way in the world, a world that is much different from the one he was born into.
“Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
This novel was terrific for many reasons. David was the perfect narrator because he is awkward, sarcastic, and terrible at crafting metaphors. Add in the fact that he was quickly falling for his fellow Reckoner, Megan, and you get the perfection concoction of a protagonist.
“I was just a boy with a crush. It still hurt, though. Badly.”
What I liked so much about David in general is that he was not the ideal man. He is flawed to the max, but yet he winds up with an insane amount of affection for Megan. Even when she gives him every reason not to want to be with her, he can’t get her off his mind.
“…it seems like we had something. A… I don’t know. Something together. Something I wanted.”
I also really loved the research and mystery aspect to the plot. The Reckoners work hard to figure out what each Epic’s weakness is and the extent of his or her power. In fact, David spent the majority of his life filling notebooks with information about the beings he despises so much.
“Where there are villains, there will be heroes.”
As I read, I witnessed an exploration of good versus evil and what those two words mean. Is good really purely good? Is evil unchangeably so? In his narration, David asks himself similar questions. For reasons you’ll understand if you pick up the book, he doesn’t want to believe that all Epics are terrible. So, where will this theory lead him?
“I couldn’t accept that this incredible being was just like all the others.”
Overall, I thought that the work was the perfect combination of action, thoughtfulness, and comedy. There were times that I laughed, I sometimes wanted to cry, and some sentences made me stop in my tracks and contemplate life.
“You’ve got passion to kill, but you need to find passion to live.”
Luckily for me, by the time I finished this novel, the sequel entitled Firefight was already released, so it was an easy decision to pick it up from BarnesandNoble.com. With that said, stay tuned for a review of Reckoners #2. Happy kommenting :)