This is Sanderson’s YA Reckoners series, and although I prefer more adult prose, I did really enjoy it because of the gripping characters. It also has one of the best prologues I have read in fantasy, so take a look and see if you like it, it’s less than £1.
My favourite book was the second one, but the whole trilogy is worth a read. If you like superheroes and want a slightly different take on them, then this should be right up your street. Here’s the blurb
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.
Nobody fights the Epics… nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.
And David wants in. He wants Steelheart – the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning – and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.