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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
“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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I really enjoyed this last book. I think Sanderson did an excellent job of wrapping up the series. There are a couple of little twists toward the end that I didn’t see coming. There’s a reunion with someone from one of the earlier books that was completely unexpected and was a nice touch. I also enjoyed the whole confrontation between David and Calamity. It’s not what I was expecting and because of that, was a welcome surprise. All in all, a very nice ending to a fun little series. Well done.
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.
My favorite thing about Brandon Sanderson's stories is his ability to create believable, interesting, entertaining characters which are complicated with real human traits and faults. He worked his magic with his characters in the Reckoners. David is a sweet gerbil on a scary roller coaster ride. No seriously! Prof is gripping. Cody is hilarious, Abraham is steading, Mizzy is sweet and perky, Megan is fascinating. Knighthawk and Larcener, the new characters for this book with major roles are weirdly enjoyable even though one of them is a bad guy.
I felt like the story line came to a satisfying conclusion with almost all the t's crossed and i's dotted, the good guys winning and the bad guys, if not vanquished, at least retreated for a time. The best part for me was David finding the hero(s) his father had believed in.
I'm not an avid reader of YA, but I enjoyed the Reckoners series and this ending book is excellent.
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.
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.