What if the supervillains came…and there were no heroes to save us?
David’s father believed that the superheroes would come to save humanity from the evil Epics—and that belief gets him killed by an Epic called Steelheart when David is only eight years old. Ten years later, Steelheart has transmuted the whole city of Chicago into metal, and David is desperate to join the only people brave or crazy enough to fight the Epics: The Reckoners. Every Epic has a weakness, and the Reckoners risk their lives to find and exploit them in order to bring the Epics down one by one. But the Reckoners are difficult to find—and it’s even more difficult to win their trust. Only David’s painstaking collection of information on Epic weaknesses gives him a chance with Prof Phaedrus and his all-too-human crew.
But there are people who don’t think Steelheart is all that bad. Sure, he’s evil, and sure, all of Newcago is under his violent control, but compared to the lawless violence of other cities, it’s paradise. Even within the Reckoners’ own organization, there are those who are beginning to have their doubts. When David’s research and Prof’s brilliance result in the opportunity to take down Steelheart for good, the Reckoners are going to have to figure out not only where they stand…but if they stand a chance at all.
Steelheart is the first book in a trilogy, and it will leave you counting down the days until Book Two.