Calamity (The Reckoners #3) – Brandon Sanderson

3 star
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction, Fantasy

Publisher: Gollancz

They told David it was impossible – that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart – invincible, immortal, unconquerable – is dead. And he died by David’s hand.

Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there’s no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.

He found some of those answers in FIREFIGHT. Now, he has to decide what to do with them . . .

Calamity is about what you do to fill your heart once you have vengeance.

It kills me to rate his three stars … 😦

Hmmm. I’ve got mixed emotions about Calamity. It really pains me to rate a Sanderson book so low. I’m in love with everything this man has written, but Calamity falls short.

I enjoyed almost everything about the novel except the ending and resolution of the plot. Calamity opens up with the Reckoners attempting to infiltrate Knighthawk in order to acquire weapons to defeat Prof. It’s a thrilling opening sequence that’s sets up the novel for success. Unfortunately, this is the only sequence that’s executed similarly to the previous novels. The rest of the missions David and the Reckoners plan are half-assed with little to no planning. This lack of planning is directly related to the time crunch the characters and their situations are under, however what made the Reckoners so interesting and compelling was their ability to face powerful beings with well thought out plans and win. Without these plans, the Reckoners are normal humans against godlike beings.

Calamity as a character feels unfinished. Everything about him from his motivations to where he comes from is barely explained. I can’t help but feel unsatisfied with him and the large role he plays in the end.

It pains me deeply to write these things about arguably the best writer in the genre. The conclusions and resolutions to his other novels are all extraordinary and incredibly satisfying. So, Calamity stands out even more as feeling unfinished and disappointing.

I did however enjoy the epilogue. I thought it was a genuine moment and really showcased David’s evolution as a character.

Overall, The Reckoners is a fantastic trilogy despite my issues with the final novel. These novels are still a cut above the rest in terms of writing and character development when compared to other young adult novels.

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