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Calamity (The Reckoners) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-08-10 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 313 user ratings
ISBN:0385743602
LANGUAGE:English

"I loved this!
I thought it was a perfect, and unexpected, ending to the series.
My booktube of my fav quotes from Calamity

One of the (many, many) thinks I love about Brandon Sanderson's writing is the layers -- the way our hero David thinks about the Epics, the conclusions he comes to, the ways he's right & wrong.

They're all very logical.
If all of this information had been thrown at us in the first book, then it wouldn't be nearly as effective.

But we start with Steelheart and the very basics of the Epics, and slowly reach the understanding we end with in Calamity through the other Epics we learn about in Firefight & Calamity.
Like peeling an onion.
With a lemon zester.



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"Update - July 2016
It's been almost six months since I read this and I've finally decided to do what I should have done the day I finished this: take off a star off the rating. I loved this series and I'd read the hell out of anything else Sanderson writes in this universe, but I didn't really love this one.

Now back to the old review:

Did you watch Interstellar?



Did you like it?

If the answer is yes, then you’re probably going to love this.

If the answer is no… Well, if you’re reading this you’ve probably invested a lot of time in reading the first two books so who are we kidding? You’re probably going to read this anyway.

So, for the last installment in the series we get a completely new city! And sadly I didn’t like Illithia as much as the other two cities (Babylar being my all-time favorite.)

The reckoners are together and trying their best to survive. David is still the same old adorkable character we love, and his relationship with Megan is just so damn cute.

"You,” I said, tipping her chin up to look her in the eye, “are a sunrise.”
She cocked her head. “A… sunrise?”
“Yup.”
“Not a potato?”
“Not right now.”
“Not a hippo?”
“No, and… wait, when did I call you a hippo?”
“Last week. You were drowsy.”




I was happy to have Cody and Abraham back but the plot was so fast paced that there was not much space for actually spending time with them. Even Mizzy was relegated to a few sarcastic comments here and there.
“Mizzy,” I whispered, “this place is super creepy. Think I’m safe to turn on a light in here?”
“Oh, that’d be waaaay smart. The people with a hyperadvanced bunker and flying attack drones aren’t going to have security cameras in their labs. Nope. Not a chance.”

Overall, I think this was the most plot based of the three books. SO MUCH STUFF happens, and some of it, particularly the bits related to Megan’s powers are completely mind blowing.

But most of the plot is centered on saving Prof! Fighting Calamity (which is what we were expecting from this book) is relegated to the last 20%, and I have to say it:

It was underwhelming.

From here on there will be spoilers!

(view spoiler)" said.

" Some of my Goodreads friends have mixed feelings about this book.David Charleston, Megan Trash and Mizzy are one of my favourite characters.There is a full of action in this book.I enjoy reading this book but for me at the end of the book is predicted.I am satisfied with the conclusion of 'Reckoners' series. " said.

"David--still obsessed with Epics (superpowered humans) and still using the worst similes ever--is now the de facto leader of the Reckoners, trying to figure out how to save humanity from the evil that clouds people's minds when they gain superpowers. Killing them off one by one is a losing battle.

A lot of readers didn't care for this book as much as the two prior ones, but I actually found Sanderson's handling of the story line quite satisfying. I will admit that the ending raises as many questions as it answers, but it still worked for me, and hopefully answering those new questions is somewhere in Brandon Sanderson's plans for the future, right after he finishes taking over the world.

Full review to come, after I steal the book back from my kid who stole it as soon as I was finished.
" said.

"3.5 stars.

This isn't bad but it didn't live up the previous books, things were just rushed throughout the book.
There were lots of battle scenes,David and more of his crazy metaphors, the dialogues were great but few, I miss the whole former plotting of the team, this one is just rushed, if this was the first or second book it would have been acceptable but its the last book in the series and I expected so much from it. Even my ship that finally sailed was so rare in the book, not to mention that final battle scene, it was well written and all but I just could not connect with it.

This book is set in Idiltia, Atlanta reborn, the whole city is made out of salt by an epic, it grows and move, its actually amazing, trust BS to depict a perfect world.

The characters are as cool as ever, but like I mentioned earlier too much time was put in the plot than characters and am more into character driven books. Abraham and Cody made a reappearance and we still have David, Megan and Mizzy and a new character that I love so much Larcener, and Knighthawk which had a mention in the previous books
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"All three books 4*'s.

A lot of people didn't seem to like this one as much as the first two but I thought they were pretty consistent.

It's an enjoyable series from start to finish. As a YA series it's pretty basic and easy to read but sometimes that also what you need especially coming off much more challenging reads. It's also nice to enjoy some urban fantasy which I sometimes struggle with. Having everything coming at you in a straightforward manner and not having to worry about symbolism and plots that will have great import down the road is a good change once in a while.
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"I finished the Calamity a few weeks ago but was a bit reluctant to write my thoughts down, I just didn't really care to be honest.

Calamity has a quite promising start, what set my hopes high again, and I was glad some characters from book 1 are back (yay) and that a few boring characters from book 2 are gone (good riddance). But unfortunately the book drops in quality pretty quickly, it felt like someone else is behind the story rather than one of best authors in the genre. My interest peaked a bit in the middle and the ending, but that was not suffice.

The trilogy starts with a fantastic book, continues with a pretty good book, but ends with disappointment. Calamity is not only the weakest of the trilogy, but also the weakest from all of his works that I've read so far.
3.5/5.
" said.

"3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2016/03/05/a...

Calamity is the concluding novel of The Reckoners series and it was nothing like I expected, but I have yet to decide whether I feel positively or negatively about that. In truth, I feel torn because even though I enjoyed this book overall, for the first time in a long while I ended a Brandon Sanderson novel without feeling completely satisfied. Here came the long awaited answers to the questions that have been with us since the beginning, but I’m not sure that they really resolved all that much for me.

It probably goes without saying, but it’s worth mentioning anyway: This will be a spoiler-free review for Calamity, but if you haven’t read Steelheart and Firefight yet, keep in mind I may reference events from those preceding volumes. Following the devastating events of the last book, David and the Reckoners have left Babilar for Ildithia, tracking down the whereabouts of Jonathan “Prof” Phaedrus. The former Reckoners leader had ultimately succumbed to the darkness of his High Epic powers, but rather than attempting to kill Prof outright, David believes that his friend can still be saved. To do that, he’ll have to uncover Prof’s weakness, the thing that an Epic fears the most, and force the older man to turn back from the evil consuming him.

From the beginning to about three-quarters of the way through, Calamity was set to be my favorite book in the trilogy. I loved that we got to visit a new city that was once again fantastic beyond belief. After Newcago and Babilar, I wondered what Sanderson would have up his sleeve this time, and it turned out to be…salt. Formerly Atlanta, Ildithia was infused with Epic power and is now entirely made up of the stuff. By crumbling at one end while reforming at another, the city replaces itself completely about once every week or so, and gives the illusion that the whole of Ildithia is slowly “moving” across the landscape of the southern Fractured States. That’s some mind blowing world-building.

David was also once again slaying me with his sense of humor, bringing back his signature metaphors that are so bad they’re good. At certain points of the book, especially the first time the Reckoners encounter Prof in Ildithia, the tension was so thick that I was practically frozen in anticipation, simply hanging on to every word in the audiobook. Later on in the story, there’s even an exciting heist scene, and we all know how much I love those. The stakes were much higher in this book, and the greater intensity of the action scenes definitely reflected that.

So needless to say, I was confused when the first reviews of Calamity started surfacing and many of the ratings were mixed. But once I got to the final stretch of the book, I began to understand.

The ending was…interesting. After finishing Calamity I turned to a friend and tried to articulate my thoughts on how I felt about the finale, and found that I couldn’t. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. Still, I just can’t seem to shake the sense that Brandon Sanderson hit a wall when it came to figuring out how to wrap up this trilogy, and in the end decided on a very random, out-of-left-field conclusion—which is not like the author at all. That is why I am so torn. On the one hand, there’s an unmistakable sense of closure, so I’m happy that we got a real ending. But on the other, there are still many important points left open that I feel needed to be resolved. For lack of a better word, it felt messy.

On a happier note though, I’m pleased to say that the audiobook edition has exceeded my expectations—but I already knew it was going to be excellent after my experience with the audio of Firefight. MacLeod Andrews is a talented narrator, and out of all the titles I’ve listened to him read, his performance on this series is by far my favorite. I think it’s because these books are a good match for his energy and enthusiasm. After all, Brandon Sanderson writes the best protagonists, some of whom are among the most vivid and unique characters I’ve ever encountered. David of the Reckoners series is no exception, though his jokes can sometimes become tedious and get in the way of his charm, but Andrews has this way of moderating that goofiness, making the character feel very sincere and likeable.

All told, I think Calamity might be my least favorite installment, but I also can’t say I’m all that disappointed. There were plenty of great moments in here, and while the ending may have dragged down my overall opinion of the book, it hasn’t really affected my love for the entire series. I adore The Reckoners, and I would still readily recommend it to anyone looking to read a fun spin on superheroes.
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