Calamity by Brandon Sanderson is the thrilling conclusion to the Reckoners trilogy, bringing back all of my favorite things from the first two books and providing long-awaited answers. I struggled a bit with Firefight, so was thrilled that Calamity felt like the ending I was looking for and made everything come full circle. I also rather liked David’s humor this time around ;-). There will be spoilers in the blurb for the first two books!
Note: I received an advanced copy of Calamity from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Calamity by Brandon Sanderson (Reckoners #3)
Published by Delacorte on Feb. 16th, 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Superheroes, YA
Page Length: 432 pages
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When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David’s fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy.
David knew Prof’s secret, and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners’ leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny. He’s disappeared into those murky shadows of menace Epics are infamous for the world over, and everyone knows there’s no turning back...
But everyone is wrong. Redemption is possible for Epics—Megan proved it. They’re not lost. Not completely. And David is just about crazy enough to face down the most powerful High Epic of all to get his friend back. Or die trying.
- The first thing that struck me upon completion of Calamity is the fantastic pacing. I was glued to every page without feeling rushed or stressed. I felt we were always moving forward in interesting directions, while still having time to develop the mystery in a satisfactory way. Sanderson is really a master at crafting the shape of a story.
- I lost connection with David’s humor and metaphors in Firefight, but they worked much better for me in Calamity. On top of being rather amusing, he comes up with a few that seem ridiculous but upon further consideration actually portrayed the situation quite accurately. I kind of want to use them myself now!
- I think a lot of long-time fans of Sanderson have been craving a bit more structure to the Epic powers and explanation for how everything started. Given the name of the book, I was very hopeful that we would figure a few things out, and I’m happy to report that everything makes a lot more sense to me now.
- There is a beautiful kind of symmetry in this series, especially between Steelheart and Calamity. I won’t say more, but to those who have read it or once you do read it, do you know what I mean??
- All the relationships between characters are pre-established when we start Calamity, so it was great to get to see development in those friendships and the romance, without the stress of meeting new people. Everything felt like I was running around with a group of old friends.
- Despite some answers, I still have more that I want to know and now I have no idea if we’ll ever find out!!!!!! D:
Calamity is a nearly perfect conclusion to an interesting and unique trilogy. If you’ve been struggling with not knowing how the Epic powers came to be, definitely read the conclusion. I’m so happy that Sanderson gave the YA genre a shot with his own unique spin and I can’t wait to see what he tries next.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
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