Published: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 421 (Hardcover)
My Rating: 4.0/5.0
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.
Brandon Sanderson has been on a roll- Calamity is the third book he’s released in the last 6 months and his quality is consistent, despite the large quantity. Calamity is the third and final book in the Reckoners trilogy. If you’re not familiar with the series, I highly recommend checking out Steelheart and giving it a try- it’s an alternate universe where the super humans are all villains and the human race lives in fear and subjugation. It’s unique and fun, while still having a serious plot.
The characters have all developed well over the course of the series…. Even the really bad metaphors have evolved, though they’ve actually become even worse. One of my favorite parts of the series has been the evolution of David and Megan’s relationship- it’s one of the most down to earth, age appropriate relationships in YA literature. They aren’t lust-filled, hormonal twenty-somethings like many other YA romances are portrayed. They’ve got a nice connection, friendly banter, and it comes across as much more genuine than others in this genre. The other members of the Reckoners are equally well-written, though they largely remain the same throughout the series. This isn’t a bad thing, and actually makes a great deal of sense because the side characters are (mostly) much older than David and Megan and have already gone through their life changing issues.
I think Calamity provided a relatively satisfactory ending to the trilogy, though it didn’t so much go out with a bang. The ending was nice and gave me a warm-fuzzy feeling and there were some really harrowing moments near the end, but it wasn’t explosive. I mean that last part with all the implications. I guess not everything has to be really dramatic and life changing, and that’s okay! Personally, I love this whole trilogy, but I’m left with some serious questions about the ending.
POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD!
About those questions…. Obviously these are about Calamity and the alternate universes. So, if the Reckoners world is not part of the Cosmere, does that mean Calamity isn’t some sort of planet hopper like Hoid? The whole living in a dark cave before coming to alt-Earth and stirring up trouble thing was a little creepy. Is it possible that the parallel universe (with the good Epics) is part of the Cosmere? I think this might be possible, given the announcement of Sanderson’s new trilogy. GIVE ME YOUR THOUGHTS!!