Brandon Sanderson YA novels

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  1. Juliana

    Juliana will write for cups of tea

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    I've been reading some of Sanderson's books for younger audiences; Alcatraz, which is middle grade, and Steelheart and The Rhythmatist which are YA, and was wondering if anyone else has read these.

    Alcatraz was fun, but I thought the other two were fantastic.

    For those who haven't read them, Steelheart is set in a world where a number of people have gained super powers, but rather than use them to protect the weak, they use them for their own gain. Its a great premise, and I thought it was very clever. Book 2 comes out this year.

    The Rhythmatist was my absolute favorite, though. Its a gearpunk novel, set in a school, with a delicious form of magic and wonderful characters. It was fun and whimsical, and is well worth reading.

    However much I love Mistborn and the Stormlight books, its nice to see Brandon playing around with other genres, and doing it so well! It just shows what an all-round great writer he is.
     
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  2. ratsy

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    Hey Juliana, of course I have read them!! Actually I haven't read the Alcatraz books, thinking they are too young for me.

    I read the Rithmatist and really liked it...what a fun, cool idea. I hope he expands on this.

    Then Steelheart felt like it was for a little older crowd. I liked the first person, it really kept the story jumping...every chapter was a cliffhanger. I guess they are working on a movie of this already?

    Ever since I picked up Elantris years ago I have devoured his work. His magic systems are always awesome and original, and he is a true storyteller.
     
  3. Juliana

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    I have yet to read Elantris, though I read The Emperor's Soul (what a gem of a story!) which I think is set in the same world.

    Absolutely agree with you on the magic and the storytelling, Ratsy; I'd be ever so pleased to come up with just one story like that, let alone several completely distinct ones!
     
  4. ratsy

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    For sure Juliana. I don't usually write much magic into anything. I have used magical objects but that's it. He is someone I look up to for sure though in style although I gravitate to a slightly darker style. His work is quite Wholesome, but in an age where grim dark is everywhere (which i don't mind) Sanderson is refreshing
     
  5. The Bluestocking

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    Hey Juliana! It seems that our reading tastes are intersecting yet again:

    I stumbled upon "Steelheart" and am finding it a really great read! Love the premise and the characters are well-developed and engaging.

    This is the first Brandon Sanderson book I've read and I'm pretty impressed. Might even move on to read the Mistborn trilogy even though I am not a fan of traditional Fantasy in general.
     
  6. Juliana

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    He's a fabulous writer, Bluestocking. :)

    If you're not a big fan of traditional fantasy, try The Rythmatist; its also YA and is gearpunk, steampunk's sister genre (cogs and wheels instead of steam).
     
  7. The Bluestocking

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    Great! I'll probably do that (i.e. try The Rithmatist).

    Not sure why but at some point about 10 years ago, I just went off traditional Fantasy except for LOTR.
     
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