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Calamity (The Reckoners) Hardcover – February 16, 2016
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Praise for the Reckoners series:
#1 New York Times Bestselling Series
“The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive.” —James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series
“Another win for Sanderson . . . he’s simply a brilliant writer. Period.” —Patrick Rothfuss, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind
“Compelling. . . . Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store.” —The A.V. Club
★“Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high-intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance . . . leaves [readers] panting for the sequel.” —Booklist, Starred
“An absolute page-turner."”—Publishers Weekly
"A straight-up Marvel Comics-style action drama."—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Brandon Sanderson is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Reckoners series: Steelheart, Firefight, and Calamity, as well as the internationally bestselling books in the Stormlight Archive and the Mistborn trilogy. He was also chosen to complete Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. He lives and writes in Utah. To learn more about Brandon and his books, visit him at brandonsanderson.com and follow @BrandSanderson on Twitter.
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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.
The main thing that drove me crazy was David and Megan's (at times) nauseating romance lines. It's just my personal taste, so I'm quiet sure that others will enjoy it...but I found that the constant "You're so amazing" "I love this woman" and "we should work on our kissing" type of lines real annoying real quick. I'm also not a huge fan of the whole "really bad at puns thing"...it's a personality quark and it works...just not when they're being spouted 2-3 times a chapter. Again, just my own tastes, so it could come off as endearing or funny.
Like others have said, it definitely has weird pacing...the first 3/4ths of the book takes it pretty slow...and then at lot happens in the last few chapters. I really liked this last part, but I wish the rest of the book had felt more like it. I know that there was a lot of build-up to get there...but many things seemed to come out of the blue, and the final big action scene ended almost anti-climatically. Overall, a decent end to a decent trilogy, but not really on par (for me) with some of his other books.
The novels in Sanderson's "Reckoners" series are:
1. Steelheart (Reckoners, Book 1)
2. Firefight (Reckoners, Book 2)
3. Calamity (Reckoners, Book 3)
This series has well-developed characters and an intricate plot. It has more twists than a pretzel, and it is sometimes hard to figure out who the bad guys are. It is a delightful read, but really needs to be read in order. If this is the first book you have encountered in "The Reckoners" series, look up "Steelheart" and purchase it first.
Given that, I highly recommend this book. It is not suitable for young readers due to violence, but I'd consider letting teens over 14 years old read it.
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Genre: YA Dystopian
Recommended Age: 16+ (language, violence, gore, mature content)
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