Calamity (Reckoners #3) by Brandon Sanderson, Published by Random House, Purchased for my own Collection.
There are three major things you need to know: I love the Reckoners series with all my heart, Firefight was one of my top two favorite books last year, and I don’t know if I’ve ever anticipated a book as much as I anticipated Calamity.
Calamity was released on Tuesday, I picked up my copy on Tuesday, and it took me the rest of the week to read it as I went back and forth between “I want to finish this now!” and “Nooo I don’t want it to end!” I finished it Friday night and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. This series may be over, but I doubt this obsession will end anytime soon.
As this was a pretty momentous read I find that I really can’t relay my thoughts in any sort of coherent review manner. For this I’ve decided to just write out my thoughts in a (long) list of bullet points.
There is also really no way to talk about Calamity at all without spoiling either the book in question or the previous two books in the series. In the way of Brandon Sanderson, even the first page of book three would spoil book two almost entirely… and so, everything is going under the cut because spoilers everywhere.
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I’m not choosing my favorite books of 2015 just yet, but right now I know that the Reckoners series is going to be in the running. I read Steelheart back in January and could not put it down. I loved it all. The concept of superpowers making people evil, the group of characters, David’s bad metaphors, all of the little details in the worldbuilding, the dystopian version of the united states, David’s bad metaphors…
I am also really thankful that I read this series because it re-introduced me to the wonderfulness that are Brandon Sanderson’s books! Me and all my friends read his middle grade series, Alcatraz Vs the Evil Librarians, back in middle school and I still love, love, LOVE those books. They are weird and hilarious and still have great worldbuilding. Because of Steelheart I started reading a lot of his other novels, plus Sanderson stopped at my local bookstore during the Firefight tour and I think it was one of the best book events I’ve ever been to ever.
The story arc in the first book was PERFECT and I loved the parallel between the last and first lines, but I think I liked Firefight even more because it built so well on everything in the first book, plus more characters and settings! And then the events of chapter 50 devastated me… (why is it always my favorite characters??!?) which is why I REALLY need the third and final book, Calamity.
I also made a mistake and read the excerpt for Calamity when it was released online. I need this book so much it’s painful. Can it be February 16th already?
Firefight (Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Publisher: Delacourte Press Format: ARC
Source: Received from the publisher through Red Ballon’s Teen Bookclub in exchange for an honest review Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5 Stars) Synopsis:
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..
At first, I though Firefight was very different than Steelheart. Not bad different, I was still really liking it, but it was a much softer book. I wasn’t hanging off every page like I did with Steelheart and it wasn’t as intense as the first book. Now, I don’t want to give anything away, but this book did end up being as intense as Steelheart was. All the plot threads wove together to create an amazing (and very emotional) conclusion. Firefight was a great book and a very strong sequel.
Firefight had really great character development. All the main characters really grew, and I became very happy about certain things* (see star for spoiler) I hadn’t liked so much in Steelheart.
I also really liked Firefight’s new setting. Newcago was a great setting, but I think I liked Babylon Restored even more. It was so imaginative and mysterious. It managed to be very different than Newcago while still being cohesive. Just great.
I’m just gonna stop here because I have a lot of feelings after finishing this book and if I continue I’m bound to spoil something. All you be to know is Firefight is a great book. If you liked Steelheart you’ll love it and if you haven’t read Steelheart, what are you doing?
* (highlight to view spoiler) I didn’t really like the romance between David and Megan in book one. It was just too obsessive and too girl-I-just-met. But in Firefight I actually liked it and it was cute and I loved their snark.