In the first few pages of the book Steelheart, the world was hit by a burst of energy in the sky. It came to be known as a The Great Calamity. When the Calamity hit, a small number of people developed super powers just like in superhero movies. These people were referred to as Epics. For the most part, these Epics took over cities and acted like villains instead of heroes. But there wasn’t a whole lot anyone could do to stop them and nobody really tried.
But there are some groups of regular people who tried to fight the Epics. One of these groups is in Chicago. It is called The Reckoners. These guys spend their time trying to find the weaknesses of each Epic and defeat them. One of them is a teenage boy named David.
When David was a little boy, an Epic named Steelheart took over Chicago. Steelheart also killed David’s father right in front of David. Up until this point, no one has even been able to hurt Steelheart or find his weakness. But David has a secret that no one else knows. When David’s father was killed, he saw Steelheart bleed. David thinks he knows how to kill Steelheart and he will try by any means necessary.
It was supposed to be a normal camping trip. Seven teenagers from rural Australia go to the outback for a weeklong trip. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary until one night while sitting around the campfire, several black jets zoom by overhead with unfamiliar markings. They don’t think too much about it at the time. When they finally get back home their families are all missing and their animals haven’t been fed for several days.
Australia has been taken over by a foreign army. Everyone in their small town has, they discover, been rounded up and are being held captive at the local fairgrounds.
They decide they have three choices 1) Turn themselves in and join their family in captivity. 2) Go back to their campsite and live off of the land. 3) Stay where they are and wage a guerilla warfare campaign against this unknown army. Seven teenagers against an army.
What would you do if you were them?
Ed Kennedy is not most people’s idea of a hero. He is an underage taxi driver who spends most of his free time playing cards or soccer with his friends or hanging out with his dog, a seventeen-year-old, stinky Rottweiler-German shepherd who loves coffee named The Doorman. That’s it. Not much else except for the fact that he is also hopelessly in love with his friend Audrey.
Then one day while in line at the bank, an armed gunman shows up and Ed accidently foils the robbery. Ed makes the papers, his mom is proud of him and people recognize him in the streets for a short time. Then it’s back to his normal life.
That is until the first card showed up in the e-mail. This card is an Ace of Diamonds with three addresses and times written on it. [show an example in the book or on card]. No other information. Taking a chance, he decides to show up at the first time and place. There he finds a man who abuses his wife every night. He knows what he is meant to do.
He continues to get cards with places and times written on them and each one has a different type of task for him to perform. He doesn’t know what to expect until he gets there. But he figures it out. Soon enough he is no longer Ed Kennedy, loser. He is THE MESSENGER.