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1. All Tomorrow's Parties
2. Undivided: Part 3
3. High Fidelity
4. Hard Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World
5. Polysyllabic Spree
6. Armageddon in Retrospect
7. South of the Border, West of the Sun
8. What we talk about when we talk about love
9. Norweigan Wood
10. The Master and Margherita
11. The Fault in Our Stars
12. Of Mice and Men
13.Fade to Black
14. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
16. Captains Courageous
17. A Brief History of Time
18. The Trial
19. Wind up Bird Chronicle
20. A Visit from the Goon Squad
22. Count Zero
24. Hell's Angels
25. Anansi Boys
Brandon Sanderson's post-apocalyptic novel fits squarely in the grey area between fantasy and SF. Ostensibly, it's a tale about an Earth changed by the arrival of Epics - humanoids that possess a combination of powers (each one different to the others). Epics aren't united and in the fifteen years or so between when they started arriving and when the novel is set, many have found their own kingdom. Their powers are like magic, but technology hasn't stopped progressing either.
Steelheart is the name of the Epic in charge of Newcago. He is seemingly invincible and spreads messages of fear with an propaganda machine so Orwellian it is painful. His deputies are similarly gifted. David is the novel's protagonist, and dreams of taking the Epics down, through hard work and luck he ends up matched with some like minded individuals who share similar aspirations.
Sanderson is an able writer - his prose is easy to read, highly engaging and well paced. The characters are all believable (with the exception of the comic relief), and the plot churns along well. I felt, however, that this novel was basically the plot line from one of his better works (The Final Empire), but with the protagonists' role switched and setting altered.
Entertaining enough for holiday reading, something I'd recommend to 12-15 year olds. While fun, I wanted a bit more from a novel. I'll grab the sequel as one of those 'light enough to keep me reading after an intense novel' books that we all use as buffers occasionally (I assume).