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    Reckoners' Goal 

  • It seems to me that the Reckoners didn't actually fulfill their main goal: prove that non-Epics can and should fight Epics. Especially with the reveal that Prof is an Epic.
    • Two points: First, Steelheart was finally defeated by David, not the Professor. Second, the true lesson is that Epics can be redeemed, not that mortals can kill them.
    • Sure, in the book, the theme is explored that perhaps Epics can be redeemed. But I'm talking about within the details of the actual story. Prof specifically says that their goal is to show the normal humans that they can fight back against Epics, so that others will take up the fight. They go over this point multiple times. But, in the end, the Reckoners could not have succeeded without the aid of an Epic. David set the final trap, but he could never have lured Steelheart into that trap without Prof. Put another way, if Prof was taken out of the equation, then the Reckoners wouldn't have gotten as far as they had. It remains to be seen whether this will have any impact in the next book, i.e. whether it has to be kept secret from the populace, or if they embrace a new strategy like mutually beneficial co-existence of Epics with humans.
    • David acknowledges this in Firefight, now knows how to free epics from the corruption their powers cause, and has teamed up with Megan. It's likely that cooexistance will be the way of the future.


  • In Steelheart, David seems to be able to switch his Tensor from hand to hand without trouble. While the Tensors themselves don't actually do anything, David thinks they do. Some gloves can be put on either hand, but if they have complex circuitry on them, there should be a "correct" palm side and a "correct" back side. So why does David put his Tensor on both hands interchangeably?
    • Because it has the circuitry on both sides. It's not like it actually matters.

Alternative Title(s): Steelheart, Firefight