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Calamity (The Reckoners) Hardcover – February 16, 2016
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I’ve been told that the first book is being optioned for a movie, and I could not be more excited. Reading this series is akin to watching a Marvel movie. It has super-villains pitted against the heroes/Reckoners, so a lot of fighting and action occurring, with displays of supernatural abilities. We also have our main character, David, who is strong, smart, and determined… but also a bit silly and naïve. He provides much needed humor to what can be dark circumstances. There’s also a lot of camaraderie amongst the Reckoners, and chemistry between David and Megan. To me, everything comes together in just great storytelling. I would, and have, recommend this series to people who enjoy YA, action, sci-fi/fantasy, and superheroes with a twist.
This was my least favorite of the series by far. I was pretty disappointed as the first book started out so strong. But the ending was very unsatisfying. The beginning and middle of the story was fine, filled with David's hilarious metaphors and fun-snappy language between the Reckoner crew that had me smiling. But then its the climax of the story, and I just felt that it was completely rushed. The idea was there, but the execution was off.
Brandon Sanderson in regards to his "magic system." In his other novels like Mistborn his magic systems usually make logical sense and follow a pre-established set of guidelines. However, the longer this series goes on it seems like the powers, technology, and characters get a bit more thrown together. It seems like Sanderson didn't take the time to develop his characters and world building that are trademark Sanderson. This series seems to merely to be the product of a dinner conversation where one person asked the other "what would the world be like if Superman were a villain?"
TLDR; Solid novel. Substandard world building from Brandon Sanderson.
Great new setting, fascinating plot and a masterful ending. Also lots of annoying teenagers, seriously, while very well written the main protagonist remains an annoying teen, despite all that has occurred in the world/story. Also for added bonus the great grand epic of the new city the gang visits... is an annoying teenager. Turns out you can make teen characters just too well.
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Damn the final book in this outstanding series was so perfect for me. I loved every second of the journey. I despaired, I rejoiced, I felt the heartbreak and I laughed. It’s been an original plot with the best characters and Brandon Sanderson’s narrative is addictive. He draws you in with the promise of the tastiest piece of luxurious chocolate…I couldn’t resist! If I thought that the first book couldn’t be topped in the series, I was wrong. Wrong to the power of ten. Calamity was amazing!
Just how do you deal with the fact that one of the good guys has gone bad? The fight against the epic’s rages on and the inner turmoil of having to face a friend, a lover, a leader is weighing heavy on the team’s mind. Is this the point that loyalties become conflict? The gang is back together – David, Megan, Mizzy, Cody and Abraham. Serious squad goals. The mould together like a serious mature cheese – hopefully I’m slightly better than David at the obscure similes. Although life has forever changed as they know it they have the glue sticking them together – they have the will to do what’s right, no matter the cost.
This book really brought David and Megan into their own. Megan accepted David’s feelings for what they were, and David was adorably cute in his silly sayings that actually said so much.
"We’re not moments, Megan, you and me. We’re events. You say you might not be the same person you were a year ago? Well, who is? I’m sure not. We change, like swirling clouds around a rising sun."
Calamity is the book that we are introduced to zany founder of the Knighthawk facility. It was perfect. Super intelligent dude…he’s faced such loss but rises when it matters most.
Calamity had a lot to live up to. I had so many questions at the end of Firefight, how on earth would it be possible for Brandon Sanderson to possibly conclude the story and readers be satisfied? Some of these questions included; What would become of Prof? What happened to Tia? What role did Calamity play in the creation of Epics? The further Megan pushed her powers was the relationship between her and David become a ticking timebomb? What really happened to David when Calamity tried to gift him the curse of being an Epic? So yes, I had many, many questions and I needed answers to them all.
Brandon Sanderson is the absolute king of misdirection. He left red herrings along the path to answers and every damn time I slipped on them. His imagination is off the scale amazing. The ending of Calamity, for me was mind-blowing. I did not see it coming and I was left with some extra questions but I’m both happy and sad to leave The Reckoners and The Epics to rest. Gah I did shed a tear, I loved this series soooo much. I can’t wait to discover some of Mr Sanderson’s Adult Fantasy work.
I can't say more than that without spoilers but everything wraps up very nicely by the end though there are still some unanswered questions left for the possibility of a future novel. I really liked a lot of the revelations and ideas presented. The new setting once again completely shifts the world allowing for Sanderson to involve new powers and gadgets for some thrilling sequences and action scenes especially towards the end as you'd expect. I really liked all the characters both new and old, especially Megan and I really like the writing and pacing allowing for a good amount of depth in exploring the world while keeping the whole affair easy to read.
All in all it's a great book and series I recommend regardless of age. There are still some unanswered questions I'd love a fourth novel of to tie up and to see Megan and David's relationship deepen but otherwise this was a highly enjoyable and imaginative adventure.
+ Everything wraps up nicely.
+ Great new location.
+ Some really cool action moments.
David hated Epics with a passion. He spent 10 year learning everything about them, their powers, abilities and their weaknesses. Now thing have gotten more complicated it turnes out both his mentor and the woman he loves are two of the most powerful Epics in the world. Now what happen not that one of them has gone bad.
Nobody ever accused David of thinking small, he not only intends to stop the monster he himself had a hand in creating but he intends to redeem him as well. How does the mysterious Calamity fit into all this. This book has it all. This is an action packed adventure, as much as the super battles, the tactics, but for me the main thing that hold this book together are the characters. David for all his intelligence and and deadly accuracy with a gun still shows his naivety when it comes to girl or hip language. Which both the woman he loves and his friend call him on every time. I like Megan's character, she is a true warrior and every bit a perfect match for David she more worldly and a planner to David's "improvisations". There relationship of her always calls him on facts that is was raised in a factory learning about guns before he could read or write. Comic book fans might also catch the not so subtle references to a certain other character with an S for hope on his chest. If you like sci-fi, comics, or superheroes then this is the book (in fact the series) for you.
As with the other two parts of the series, ‘Calamity’ takes place within one of the North American cities that have been vastly altered by the powers of the Epics. This time the Reckoners set up base within the endlessly moving Ildithia, former Atlanta, where Prof is now consolidating his power at the expense of the resident Epics. Ildithia is another fascinating idea for how a city might be affected. In a similar way to how Newcago was transmogrified into a city of steel under the reign of Steelheart, Ildithia is composed entirely of salt. What’s more, it is in a constant state of flux where it dissolves and reforms as it moves through the landscape. It is literally a city on the move and works as a wonderful inventive backdrop to the action.
Not only has David become the Reckoners new leader but Megan and David are now definitely a couple. Despite her apparent redemption, Megan is learning to cope again with controlling herself after the events of ‘Firefight’. This gives their relationship and the team dynamics of the Reckoners another level as she struggles with needing to use her abilities whilst trying to limit that use.
With Megan and her abilities re-joining the Reckoners, this novel sees more use of parallel dimension(s). They have quite a key role in the plot even though quite how they work isn’t really adequately explained.
Not all the questions raised by the first two novels in the series are necessarily answered and some that are generate more. Having some things left open seems to work, however, and the vagueness concerning the true nature of Calamity, for example, doesn’t really effect David’s story. He has always been the main character of the trilogy and the personal journey he has been on during it concludes quite satisfactorily.
Although not as good as ‘Firefight’, a thoroughly enjoyable conclusion to ‘The Reckoners’ trilogy which manages to keep some surprises right up until the last minute.
Although this is a young adult series, it lacks none of the brilliance of the other books. While the book is perfectly suitable for any age I dare say adults can better understand the subtleties. The book ending is sublime, especially for those who've lost their faith in the world. The plot is full of unforeseeable twists and surprises, out of which precisely zero are due to Deus ex machina devices. Sanderson always used impeccable logic and plants the seeds of resolution in his writing long in advance. Other than that what can I say. This is a book about Epics, villainous superheroes living in a world lit by the red light of Calamity, the supreme Gifter of powers and fears. And our heroes come together to vanquish him, an almost God.
I enjoyed the series. It's not astounding, but it creates a world you feel you know and are happy to whisk through.
Boy... how more wrong could I be, I started finally reading the first book in this series on Monday when I went on holiday. It is now Friday and I have finished all 3 including the side book (1.5). I loved every moment.
Brandon Sanderson, you are a genius.
The story of David Charleston (Steelslayer), and his team of Reckoners and their journey to rid the world of an evil that has plagued them for years. The Epics.
This time their nemesis is their toughest foe. The former leader of the Reckoners, Jonathan Phaedrus aka Prof aka Limelight. Once a father figure, now an epic that has succumbed to the darkness that consumes all of the Epics. But David believes he can defeat Limelight, by making him face his fears, thereby enabling Prof to control the darkness and once again be a force for good.
Will turning Prof be the key to saving all Epics? Will they need to confront Calamity himself? Does David have a secret weapon up his sleeve?
A thoroughly enjoyable read with plenty of drama, suspense and humour to satisfy any sci if fan. I certainly hope this isn't the end of the Reckoners as there is promise of many more storylines in the Reckoners universe to enthrall Brandon Sanderson's readers!
However, BS doesn't seem to enjoy writing endings. He often rushes through them (eg First Empire climactic fight scene) and in this series, he positively races to the finish. The ending is hurried and, quite frankly, pretty lame. If you're going to give us pages and pages of eloquent descriptive writing there isn't a better time than at the end of a book, sending off characters the readers have come to love. In this Sanderson fails in epic fashion (couldn't resist).
This series is set in our world (rather than Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere) but it has been taken over by a group of super-powered beings called Epics and the mysterious Reckoners are trying to fight back.
The characters are real, beautifully flawed in their own ways and the storylines are gripping- to tell you more would just be spoilers...
If you've read the previous ones I likely don't have to tell you to read this one, and if you haven't read them:
If you like Super hero books try this series - Set in the near future where a number of people have been given super powers, and all of them are evil. A group of humans called "The Reckoners" attempt to kill these "Epics".