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Steelheart [Anglais] [Broché]

Brandon Sanderson
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An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller
An ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
An ALA-YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Book
An IRA Young Adults’ Choice
An Amazon Best Book of the Year

[STAR] “Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance; it’s a formula that sucks readers into the prologue, slings them through one tension-filled encounter after the other, and then...leaves them panting for the sequel.”—Booklist, Starred
 
“The near-constant action, Sanderson’s whiz-bang imaginings, and a fully realized sense of danger… make this an absolute page-turner.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Perfect for genre fans who love exciting adventure stories with surprising plot twists.”—School Library Journal
 
“A straight-up Marvel Comics–style action drama.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Fantastic! The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive.” —James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series and The Eye of Minds
 

Steelheart is another win for Sanderson, proving that he’s not a brilliant writer of epic fantasy, he’s simply a brilliant writer. Period.” —Patrick Rothfuss, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind

"A tense, fast-paced adventure. Brandon Sanderson is one of the best fantasy sci-fi writers working today."-Christopher Paolini, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller Eragon



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   #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, who was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and created the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy, presents Steelheart, the first book in the Reckoners series, an action-packed thrill ride that will leave readers breathless.
   How far would you go for revenge if someone killed your father?
   If someone destroyed your city?
   If everything you ever loved was taken from you?
   David Charleston will go to any lengths to stop Steelheart. But to exact revenge in Steelheart’s world, David will need the Reckoners—a shadowy group of rebels bent on maintaining justice.
   And it turns out that the Reckoners might just need David too.
   Look for book two in the Reckoners series, Firefight, available in 2014.

"A tense, fast-paced adventure. Brandon Sanderson is one of the best fantasy sci-fi writers working today."-Christopher Paolini, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller Eragon

“Fantastic! The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive.” —James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series and The Eye of Minds
 

Steelheart is another win for Sanderson, proving that he’s not a brilliant writer of epic fantasy, he’s simply a brilliant writer. Period.” —Patrick Rothfuss, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind

[STAR] “Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance; it’s a formula that sucks readers into the prologue, slings them through one tension-filled encounter after the other, and then...leaves them panting for the sequel.”—Booklist, Starred
 
“The near-constant action, Sanderson’s whiz-bang imaginings, and a fully realized sense of danger… make this an absolute page-turner.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Perfect for genre fans who love exciting adventure stories with surprising plot twists.”—School Library Journal
 
“A straight-up Marvel Comics–style action drama.”—Kirkus Reviews


Détails sur le produit

  • Broché: 416 pages
  • Editeur : Ember; Édition : Reprint (23 septembre 2014)
  • Collection : The Reckoners
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0385743572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385743570
  • Dimensions du produit: 21 x 14 x 1,9 cm
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Trop attendu - 3 étoiles et demi 10 octobre 2013
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"Stealheart" est une bonne histoire, Brandon Sanderson est incapable d'écrire une mauvaise histoire.

Mais c'est une histoire où il ne se renouvelle pas et où il manque un souffle entre romantisme et héroïsme qu'on trouve dans ses romans "adultes". On part sur des bases connues : un environnement à la nature modifiée (un superhéros fait régner une nuit perpétuelle, contre un paysage de poussière et de désolation dans Mistborn ou une enclave grisâtre dans Elantris), un dictateur semi-dieu surpuissant (ici Steeheart, régnant sur Newcago, ex Chicago), une bande hétéroclite vivant dans le secret et unie dans un but commun (ici abattre le règne dictatorial des super héros, survivre en volant dans Mistborn), une héroïne exceptionnelle (même si là exceptionnellement elle n'est que le deuxième personnage, le récit étant mené par un geek tellement geek qu'il en est caricatural). Le récit se déroule souplement et est rythmé, mais je n'ai jamais eu le souffle coupé ou suspendu comme dans ses autres livres. Est-ce dû au caractère volontairement "young adult" du roman? (Mais qui me semble forcé, un vrai bon "young adult" ne se lit pas comme si on sentait à chaque page que l'auteur veut s'adresser à des jeunes) Est-ce dû aux situations un peu simples (bataille-repli-idée du geek qui demande un truc farfelu mais dont il se dit que ça pourra servir plus tard- re bataille...) ? Aux dialogues qui m'ont aussi semblé un peu forcés?
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Taillé pour Hollywood... 10 mai 2014
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Film à grand... euh... livre à grand spectacle ! Sanderson a compris, dans sa grande et folle sagesse, qu'il passe son temps, dans ses livres, à créer des super-héros, à coup de Shardblades ou d'Allomancie... il a donc naturellement franchi un pas supplémentaire dans un livre très pictural, très américain, je trouve, Steelheart est un futur film que Marvel ne renierait pas.
Des humains, du jour au lendemain, se voient dotés de supers pouvoirs. Ils ne s'en servent pas pour faire le bien, et les plus puissants de ces surhommes, qu'on appelle des "Epics" se créent des micro-empires dans une Amérique dévastée par ce fléau.
Le héros, David, décide de s'élever contre Goliath - pardon - Steelheart, le plus puissant des Epics de l'Ouest des Etats-Unis. Ce super vilain a tué son père, et David a vu Steelheart saigner, il sait donc qu'il n'est pas invulnérable.
Le livre est drôle, si l'histoire est simple, on est souvent face à la quadrature du cercle, on cherche, avec David, quelle est la faiblesse de Steelheart, j'ai cru la trouver, mais non, Sanderson a été plus malin que moi, encore une fois...
Ce livre est AMUSANT, avant tout, une ode à la mauvaise métaphore - un sport dans lequel David excelle - qui m'a fait rire plus d'une fois. On retrouve le Sanderson d'Elantris, avec une situation inextricable, qui trouve une solution inattendue, ce qui est bien joué. Le ton est décalé, David, le héros pas super-héros, m'a souvent évoqué le héros du dessin-animé 'Dragons', un peu gauche, dégingandé, nonchalant, mais très pointu, et spécialiste de son domaine...
Un bon moment à passer, je recommande.
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Brandon Sanderson, jamais à court d'idées ni d'énergie, nous a concocté ici un mélange réussi de thèmes porteurs (super-héros, monde post-apocalyptique, young adult) et de ses ingrédients habituels. Les lecteurs fidèles de l'auteur ne manqueront pas de faire certaines comparaisons (avec "Fils des brumes", pour l'organisation sociale d'un petit groupe de résistants qui œuvrent en secret, mais aussi "Elantris", je ne sais pas trop pour quelle raison, peut-être à cause de la mélancolie qui sous-tend la narration - pourtant très dynamique et humoristique). L'inventivité générale m'a souvent fait penser à Daryl Gregory, un autre de mes auteurs préférés (Pandemonium,The Devil's Alphabet, Raising Stony Mayhall).
Malgré cela, l'ensemble m'a paru original, riche en bonnes idées et pas avare en surprises (je pensais les avoir devinées, cela a été le cas, mais pas d'une manière exhaustive, certaines m'avaient échappé !).

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Steelheart is a fast-paced, action-filled, blast of a book 23 août 2013
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Steelheart will be my second Sanderson book based in his younger teen fiction category, The Rithmatist being my first. Whereas I felt that The Rithmatist was a bit too corny and "cutesy," I think Steelheart will be a great "gateway" book for younger fans to discover Sanderson's other, more mature, fiction series.

Steelheart is set in a world shaped by "The Calamity," a meteor in the sky which has granted comic-book superhero-style powers to random humans, now called Epics. One of the defining themes in the book being that absolute power corrupts absolutely, there are no superheroes. No X-Men, Spidermans, or Supermans. Normal humans in this world are regarded as little more than slaves. The book follows the main character David, in his quest for revenge against the ruthless, cold-hearted, ruler of Newcago (formerly Chicago) - Steelheart.

While the plot and character development are pretty basic, and while David does suffer a little bit from "The Chosen One" Syndrome, the story is well-paced and makes for a very engaging read. This will probably be one of those books that you end up reading until it's way past bedtime. Fans of Sanderson will immediately recognize some of his quirks - protagonists tending to use their brains rather than brawn, numerous plot-twists, and of course, gratuitous magic system explanations. Steelheart is no exception to this formula.

For the teens - Steelheart is basically a comic book in written form. There's fights, superpowers, puppy-love crushes, and explosions. In fact I could almost hear a Hans Zimmer soundtrack in my head during several of the battles. Sanderson paints a vivid picture through his storytelling, and it won't take much imagination to see the entire book unfurling before you like a movie.

For the parents - Steelheart is a bit on the violent side but is clean on both language and romance. There's quite a few relatively graphic descriptions of firefights and injuries and incidental body count is pretty high. There's a big leap nowadays between Rated PG-13 and R, and I think Steelheart is probably right in between those two. It's not as bad as something you'll see on HBO/Showtime, but it's not nickelodeon-clean either. Something like primetime cable network violence.

For the adult Sanderson fans - the corny language will probably be the first thing that sticks out to you; the second thing will be the bluntness. It's always amusing to read something like Steelheart after re-reading The Way of Kings - same author but completely different voices. If you're already a fan of Sanderson, Steelheart will be very familiar ground and you won't feel out of place at all. With the exception of the depth of character and plot. There's not a whole lot of subtext comparatively to his adult works, but honestly I found that a bit refreshing. It's like having to play politics at the office versus hanging out with friends.

Steelheart was a great read and is a stand out in the crowded teen fiction market. For the adult Sanderson fans, I still consider this book a "buy". Honestly it reminded me quite a bit of his Mistborn Trilogy (and everything that entails). I inhaled this book in two days, and if it wasn't for that pesky need for sleep, I probably would have done it in a single sitting. It's honestly just a fun, action-packed, page-turner of a book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good new series, not his best work. 20 août 2013
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Brandon Sanderson is an very fast writer that consistently produces good book after good book. I've been a fan of him since Elantris and I always rush out to buy whatever new book he has. His work, although formulaic, is enjoyable to read and always feels high in quality.

Steelheart is set in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic Chicago. The denizens of the book call this new Chicago 'Newcago' (yeah I wondered about that as well). The story follows David, a young man entranced with the world's new Epics. Epics are superhumans that used to be mortals until a meteor named Calamity appeared in the sky. David is obsessed with bringing vengeance on one particular epic, Steelheart.

Now that we have the basic plot down we can go into a bit of review. I won't try to spoil anything but be warned that most reviews will have a bit of spoilers in them. Steelheart is a book with excellent pacing in the drama and action departments, but I can't help but feel it was a bit too formulaic. Its almost as if Brandon was writing this as a school project rather than trying to publish it. The main character is again a bit of a know-it-all who falls for a cute girl. There is an older, mysterious character that always saves the day. There is a mysterious magic source that no one really understands. This is all textbook Sanderson, and if you've read his previous books you will feel right at home here.

Besides the obvious use of a worn formula I found this book enjoyable. The action scenes were consistent and well-paced. His New Chicago felt like an actual city and most of his characters exhibited varying personalities. The main characters were (mostly) given detailed back stories that were entertaining to read about and sometimes crucial to the plot.

Overall if you're a fan of Sanderson you will most likely read this book in an afternoon. However, if you never heard of the guy's works I would recommend picking up one of his other excellent series, such as Mistborn or Way of Kings, before jumping into this one.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Awesome Series Launch for Sanderson! 27 août 2013
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Wowzer! Awesome! etc. etc.

OK, anybody that has read any of my previous reviews of Sanderson's work knows just how much I admire his writing. I've really run out of superlatives to describe his work, both the quality of it and the sheer amount of output he generates. I don't know of any other human on the planet that can write/publish so many books and sustain such high quality. He is simply amazing.

This novel is, of course, no exception. From the very first page, I was lost in this new world Sanderson has created. Yes, it's a young adult novel, but the only reason to classify it as such is that the main character, David, is 18 years old. But in every other way, this is a main-stream novel, filled with violence, action, and thought-provoking characters. In essence, this could be called a "super-hero" novel (mostly evil super-heroes) so I suppose that's another reason to classify it as YA. And we are treated to some inner thoughts from David that testify to his late-teenage attitudes towards others and self doubt. But I found them to be very true to the nature of the character, and essential to the plot.

The story takes place here on approximately present-day Earth, about ten years after an unexplained burst in the sky (subsequently referred to as 'Calamity') caused the appearance of 'Epics'. Epics are humans that have abilities, amazing superhero-like powers, and tend to use them for personal gain and power. They are so powerful that nobody fights them. Nobody except the 'Reckoners'. Epics are essentially bullies (bullies with incredible destructive power) but each one has a weakness, and thus can be fought by ordinary folks like us.

OK, that sounds like a plot for a YA novel for boys age 10-14. But I say 'Nay, friend.' This is a novel for all of us. The plot is only the superficial top layering of this 17-layer cake and, believe me friends, this cake has a lot of delicious calories. Sanderson is known for his unique, complex magic systems that he constructs for his novels. So, of course, the system that he has built for superheroes is equally complex and interdependent. He doesn't just come up with weird cool powers and sprinkle superheroes around. Epics' powers work the way they work for a reason and discovering just how they relate to each other is pure fun. And all through this novel (as well as in future novels in this series, I'm sure), we learn more and more about just how well thought out this system is.

All of that stuff makes for fun reading and good movie entertainment but it's the characters that allow a story to rise to the top and be memorable for months and years afterwards. The core group of characters in this book are multidimensional and each one is intriguing. They are a delight to read about. I cared about each and every one, their roles, their fates. And, due to the high stakes action in this book, their fates are far from certain. Surprises await the reader at every turn; it definitely keeps the pages turning.

So, once again, my hat is off to Mr. Sanderson. This is the first book of what is sure to be a great series. And although the main plot does conclude in this one book, it serves as a gateway to many more awesome books to come.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sanderson Has Done It Again 19 septembre 2013
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This is the best book about super-heros I have ever read. Granted, that might not be saying too much considering how few I've read (Soon I Will Be Invincible was my former favorite). That said, am a retired DC Universe Fanatic and somewhat well-versed in the Marvel Continuum. That is to say I once spent around $300.00 per month on comics and now only occasionally have a relapse where I buy a trade paperback... But more than that, you should know where I stand on Sanderson...

I've met Sanderson in person. I've got plenty of people into his books. I tell everyone who will listen to read The Stormlight Archive. I again started reading (and bought every book of) The Wheel of Time SPECIFICALLY because Sanderson was finishing the series. While everyone else was reading for Jordan, I started reading from the second book on because of SANDERSON (and subsequently got hooked on Jordan along the way). I own:The Way of Kings, Mistborn Trilogy, Alloy of Law, Warbreaker, The Emperor's Soul, and EVERY Wheel of Time book. I downloaded Firstborn. I read Legion. I am OBSESSED with Sanderson. I tell you all this as fair warning so you can move on to another review if you think my promoting of Sanderson is annoying.

The other night I had a conversation with my wife about Sanderson. My wife said he's going to be better than J.R.R. Tolkien. I said "He has the POTENTIAL to be better than Tolkien." I've heard people call him a hack. I've heard people say his writing has no style. I've read reviews where people say all his books are the same, that his stories are formulaic. These people...are wrong.

If you've read Sanderson's other books then you are doubtless familiar with his style. He writes plot and world-building like nobody's business. When he tells you something magical just happened, he didn't draw pull a rabbit out of a hat or say the magic words. There was a darn good SCIENTIFIC reason why what just happened worked...within the world that he created. People CANNOT defy the laws of physics in a Sanderson story, they just obey the laws of the universe he has created. The stories Sanderson creates have common themes. A hero overcoming impossible odds to free the world. A young person growing into an adult in a world gone mad. Wise old friends instructing them and training them to become a hero. Does this make all his books the same??? No! No!! NO!!!

Sanderson is growing as a writer, improving with every book he writes. He is exploring different styles one by one. He did young adult with the Alcatraz series, and now he is writing to an older teen audience. His protagonist talks self-depreciatingly (a bit like Alcatraz), his world is a nightmare universe (a bit like Mistborn), there is a strong female pseudo-love-interest rear-kicking female (yeah, Megan is LOT like Bastille, again from the Alcatraz series). Is Abraham a bit like Sazed from Mistborn? Yes. Is the Prof a bit like Kelsier from the same series? Yes. BUT!!!! This does NOT make them the same book!!!

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There are a few places where this books drags a tad. The plot is simple. The characters are archetypes. And none of that is a bad thing. If the action didn't let you breath now and then the book would be too intense. If the plot were too complex it would distract from the characters. And the archetypes... People seem to have a REALLY hard time these days telling the difference between an archetype and a stereotype. Do yourself a favor and go to the TV Tropes Website and look up "Tropes Are Tools". I'll wait. Done? Good. Sanderson writes his stories the way a painter paints his paintings. Do you criticize Van Gogh for piling on the paint in every painting? No? Why? It's because HE KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING. I've often said that I don't mind hearing the same story forever, as long as each time, the story is told WELL.

This book depicts superheroes in a brand new way (I've never seen anything quite like it). It gives even the villains a deeper reason for what they do than simply "Because they are EVIL. MWAHAHAAA!!!" It gives the REAL heroes internal struggles, and character flaws. The action sequences are breath-taking (like all of Sanderson's action). The technology is fun and exciting. You CARE about the characters. And the REAL plot, which lies beneath the surface (Why are there no good Epics? Why is Megan so mean to David? Why doesn't the Prof use his own technology?) culminates in a classic Sanderson ending where all comes to light in plot twists that you never saw coming.

Is this the best book Sanderson has ever written? No, that would be The Way Of Kings. Does it has the greatest action sequences and Crowning Moments of Awesome (No that would be the Mistborn series). But it IS darn good!!! As an origin story (for the protagonist) it does a darn good job of weaving an incredibly entertaining yarn. It's unsettling (the intro where innocent people are massacred by Epics is bone-chilling), inspiring (The GOOD Epics WILL come!!!), and above-all ENTERTAINING.

Plus, it has a lot of great comic book references if you are looking for them (What are the initials of the protagonist and the initials of the insurance company mentioned?).

I jumped out of my skin when I was able to get a pre-release copy of this book and can't wait to get Sanderson to sign it. I will pre-order the sequel as soon as it becomes available. Sanderson is already the greatest living Fantasy writer on Earth, and he's only getting better with each book he writes. I look forward to seeing where he takes all of his series from here. I know my faith will be rewarded, and this is only the beginning.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 just ok 30 décembre 2013
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Sanderson is an amazing author, and has written many of my favorite books. I'm sad to say this one is not among them. He often creates systems where extraordinary things are still governed by logical rules. This one throws out all logic, and relies on luck. Otherwise, he writes complex social interactions with compelling characters. This is also not the case. It reads like some publisher asked him to write a hunger games meets x-men and he didn't really feel like doing it. It's not a bad book, just not up to his standards.
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