Book: Calamity (The Reckoners 3) by Brandon Sanderson
Release Date: February 16th 2016
Rating: 2,5 out of 5 stars
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Possible spoilers for the previous books in the series
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 the Reckoners’ leader struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. 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
Oh Calamity. I was dreading reading this, but it didn’t turn out quite as bad as I thought it was going to be. David certainly wasn’t as horrible as he was in Firefight.
It still certainly wasn’t a masterpiece in any way though. The plot dragged, especially at the start where there was just a lot of running around. Starting fights that they never seemed to win. David’s plans that always turned out a mess. They never die though or when they get hurt they always get healed. So there is so little consequence to their bad plans. As for the supposed plot twist concerning Calamity, I guessed that early one. It was tad too obvious to be honest. I felt a little insulted. Also Knighthawk made things rather easy for them. Easy access to things. It never got truly hard for them, did it? I never thought their lives were actually on the line.
Then there was the deal with David’s epic powers. If you remember, at the end of Firefight he was turned into an epic but he never manifested any powers. For most of the book he believed he wasn’t an epic. One moment during a fight something happened which obviously was him. But that was glossed over so easily. Then only at the last few pages of the book his powers started showing. It was a mess really.
I thought seeing the other dimension in parts was rather interesting and I would love to learn more about that dimension (no David, hehe). A lot was left open at the end of Calamity. Like where did Calamity come from? What did he mean with that this is his job, there are more like him? What evened happened to Calamity in the ending? And even the powers the others have aren’t completely explained. Just a lot of theories from David but nothing actually explained.
One thing I enjoyed though was how the romance between David and Megan didn’t overtake the plot. There was also no drama inserted between them. They were just a couple that had their smooch moments. It was integrated into the story. I liked that. I also thing Megan evens out David sometimes though I still don’t get what she sees in him though.
Like I said, David wasn’t quite as annoying as he was in Firefight. I think because he got more of a leader role so he had to grow a little and not run into everything. He still did on occasion but it was less. He also had more interactions with characters like Megan and Knighthawk that gave him a lot of proper banter but also gave him things to think of.