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review 2017-03-18 17:03
Another Series Complete...A Spoiler Free Review for the whole Series.
Calamity (The Reckoners) - Brandon Sanderson

Book Title:  Calamity

Author:  Brandon Sanderson

Series:  Reckoners #3

Genre:  Science Fiction, Dystopian, YA

Source:  Kindle E-Book (Library)

 

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Hero by Foo Fighters  --I think the title says it all…and this came to me right after I finished reading this.   It's for David, of course...my fav character.♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  4/5

Characters:  4.3/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3.5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  No, not really…

 

Will I read more from this Author?  IDK…

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

This really is a satisfying ending to the Reckoners Series…I liked it, but…

 

 

 

I loved the first book in this series, it was inventive and clever.  The second book came out and I listened to it on audio, and I blamed the audio on why I couldn't fully connect.  I decided I would readCalamity because of that.  So…back to book format and I still couldn't fully connect.  I have to say, that sometimes, I just didn't know what was going on, like it was too complex for me.  I think this was a case of it's-not-you-it's-me.  I have to say though, that for me, David, is one of the best characters I have ever encountered.  It's by far the reason that I kept reading this series.

This third book introduced some intriguing elements to this world and it opened up opportunities for a spin-off series.  Will I read those when or if they come out?  Only time will tell…maybe if David is in them.

 

 
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review 2017-01-25 04:27
Calamity
Calamity (The Reckoners) - Brandon Sanderson

I shouldn't have waited so long to get to the 3rd and final book in Brandon Sanderson's Reckoner's Trilogy.  It was a fun superhero romp through a post-apocalyptic US.  Definitely start with the first book. 

 

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review 2017-01-02 15:51
Calamity, czyli klęska. Urodzaju wątków
Calamity (The Reckoners) - Brandon Sanderson

Och, Calamity! Moje uczucia dotyczące tej finałowej części trylogi "Reckoners" są mieszane niczym kolory na skórze spanikowanego słonia, który wpadł do sklepu z farbami...

 

Z pewnością nie było nudno ani przez chwilę, nawet w środkowej części (a takie opinie zdarzało mi się tu i ówdzie usłyszeć). Wydarzenia rwały do przodu, przed bohaterami piętrzyły się coraz to nowe trudności i zagadki, aż się chciało czytać. Fantazja świata przedstawionego – tym razem akcja poprowadzona jest głównie w nieustannie przemieszczającym się mieście zbudowanym z soli – była równie porywająca, co w poprzednich częściach, można wręcz powiedzieć, że to wizytówka całego cyklu. Humor – jak najbardziej w moim guście. Były jednak dwa duże problemy, które trochę popsuły moje zadowolenie z lektury.

 

Pierwszy problem to zakończenie – trochę wyjęte z kapelusza. Niewiele było tropów, zarówno w tej części, jak i w poprzednich, które zapowiadałyby taki właśnie finał. Spójrzmy chociaż na "Z mgły zrodzonego", jedyną oprócz opisywanej zakończoną już trylogię Brandona Sandersona. Kto czytał (a kto nie czytał niech pominie najbliższe dwa zdania, by uniknąć spojlerów i natychmiast zabiera się do czytania), ten pamięta chociażby opisywaną w pierwszej części manię Sazeda to poznawania starożytnych wierzeń. Kto czytał, ten wie, jak spektakularny wpływ miał ten niby delikatny rys charakterologiczny na finałowe wydarzenia w tomie trzecim. Tego się właśnie spodziewałem i tutaj. Niestety spotkało mnie rozczarowanie. Inna sprawa, że zakończenie było w moim odczuciu zbyt mało zamknięte. Wydaje mi się, że zabierając się za trylogię, oczekujemy na jej końcu zgrabnego zamknięcia wszystkich wątków. "Calamity" z jednej strony takie oferuje, a z drugiej... jednak mamy wrażenie, że wiele furtek się dopiero otwiera. Co niejako powiązane jest z drugim problemem.

 

Otóż wiele wątków poruszonych w tej części zostało niedostateczne rozwiniętych. Wygląda to tak, jakby autor miał mnóstwo świetnych pomysłów, które chciał zawrzeć w powieści, ale w pewnym momencie zorientował się, że umówił się z wydawcą na konkretną objętość i aby jej nie przekroczyć, po prostu uciął niektóre wątki. Moim zdaniem albo książka powinna być dłuższa, albo cykl powinien składać się z jeszcze jednego tomu, który pozwoliłby bardziej skupić się na niektórych postaciach i ich interakcjach.

 

Słowem, powinienem dać chyba trzy gwiazdki, nie cztery. Ale nie mogę. Ta książka sprawiła mi tyle radochy z czytania, że zasługuje na tę ocenę mimo zastrzeżeń, o których tak ochoczo się rozpisałem. W ogóle bardzo, bardzo podoba mi się lekki ton i awanturniczy styl całej trylogii "The Reckoners" i marzę o tym, żeby autor napisał jeszcze niejedną książkę w tym klimacie.

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review 2016-10-18 17:01
What Do You Do When Your Hero is the Villain?: Calamity | Review
Calamity: The Reckoners, Book 3 - Brandon Sanderson,MacLeod Andrews,Audible Studios

A very satisfying finale to a favorite YA Superhero/villain Fantasy.

 

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 Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners' leader, 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.

 

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Source: I purchased this book myself from Audible. It is available only from them or on mp3 CD from Amazon.

 

BOOK DETAILS:

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson, read by MacLeod Andrews, published by Audible Studios (2016) / Length: 11 hrs 51 min

 

SERIES INFO:

This is the third & final book in "The Reckoners" trilogy. A spin-off series called "Apocalypse Guard," taking place in a parallel world, has been announced but won't begin until 2018.

 

**This review contains spoilers for the previous books.**

 

SUMMARY:

I know that quite a few people were disappointed with the resolution/revelations in this book, feeling that they were anti-climactic. I can definitely understand where they are coming from. However, since I have been reading this series for the characters, I was completely satisfied with the way things progressed and how they turned out. Note: there were some deaths, which made me sad.

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review 2016-10-06 18:30
Calamity
Calamity (The Reckoners) - Brandon Sanderson

I would like to start by discussing writings of Brandon Sanderson in general even though I risk having a lynching mod of his fans showing at my doors. The guy writes fairly fast and he already delivered several complete series. I wish he would teach Speed Writing 101 to George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, and J.V. Jones, but I strongly suspect they will fail the final exam. Coming back to Sanderson, he creates very original and interesting magic systems. He is one of the best modern fantasy writers when it comes to one-on-one duels/battles. 

 

He also cannot write a good second book of a trilogy even if his life depends on it. His trilogies look like this: an excellent first book followed by unbelievably boring second partially due to a fact that he leaves the best characters behind or kills them. Finally the last book is an improvement, but still nowhere close to the first one in terms of excitement and quality. 

 

This trilogy is one such example. The first book was an equivalent of a summer blockbuster movie (a good one, not recent generic superhero crap, or a reboot).

The Matrix

It contained a very memorable first line, excellent characters, great action scenes, and David's awful metaphors. The second book came. We left a couple of interesting guys behind (I challenge anybody to call Tia - who prominently featured here - at least two-dimensional character and she is as one-dimensional as they come), there was a lot of talk and minimal action, and David' metaphors became stale. It did not help any that Alcatraz from the similarly named series used them as well. 

 

Finally we came to the last book. It does contain more action than the second one and the characters missing from the second installment made a much-needed comeback. In this sense it is a definite improvement. On the negative side the action lacked something that makes it really great and there were still lots and lots of mostly pointless talks. 

 

As to the plot: after the events of the previous book the Reconers are few and scattered. The survivors keep themselves busy trying to neutralize a very powerful Epic (Epics can be briefly described as X-Men gone bad) who used to be their ally. Now the person in question just wants to watch the world burn.

Some people want to see the world burn

I mean it literally. For starters the Reconers must get some equipment and to do so they need to infiltrate a stronghold of their previous supplier. In the trilogy "infiltration" means using lots of explosives and really heavy guns - the type that only very strong people can carry. From there they will have to move to a city made entirely out of salt (poor Atlanta). 

 

I already mentioned that this book is better than the previous one which I rated with 4 stars. This also means I have to rate this one similarly as there is no way it deserves a perfect rating. Quite a few people said the ending was bad because the resolution of the main conflict was way too simplistic. I agree about the resolution, but I do not think the ending is bad; just unsatisfactory. 

 

Some fun references follow. I mentioned Alcatraz used bad metaphors straight from David's collection. In this book one Epic used a talent straight from Alcatraz books: the guy could talk any imaginary language. Speaking about Epic talents, Larcener's one comes straight from X-Men's Rogue. 

 

I still remain convinced the first book is better off as a standalone. Besides it did provide some closure. 

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