Brandon Sanderson

Calamity (Reckoners #3) By: Brandon Sanderson

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

Calamity (Reckoners #3) By: Brandon Sanderson

Plot:

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.

The last book in the series.

Review:

Sanderson really knows how to end a book. It’s always really exciting and has a ton going on, he’s not afraid to kill characters but he doesn’t go around killing everyone. I enjoy that, however, looking back, I’m not sure if I liked the Reckoners series.

I know, I know, I’ve given the previous two books 5 star ratings, but now looking back I’m not so sure. Maybe it was just Calamity that left me wanting, but I distinctly remember in Firefight, when Sanderson basically wiped out an entire team, not feeling anything. I guess it boils down to, I like the story in the Reckoners series, but I haven’t grown attached to the characters. Which, honestly is crazy because I get attached fairly quickly, I at least cry when people die, but each time someone died in this series the living characters didn’t really mourn so the impact of the loss didn’t hit me.

David was better in this book, he didn’t act like an idiot then have a flash of brilliance, but he wasn’t inspiring to me like he was to the other characters. He was supposed to be the new leader of the team and they certainly followed him, but why? He was smart and knew more than they did about the Epics, which is weird since their entire job was taking them out. Oh well, he was the brains they were the brawn.

The world was expanded and the ending opened up a whole slew of new possibilities which made me wish this wasn’t the last book. I liked the series, maybe I’m just down on it right now because I’m sick. I don’t know. It was good, but left me wanting.

4/5

Firefight (Reckoners #2) By: Brandon Sanderson

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Firefight (Reckoners #2) By: Brandon Sanderson

Plot:

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.

Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David’s willing to risk it. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David’s heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic–Firefight. And he’s willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.

Review:

Sanderson certainly knows how to write a climactic ending. I was on the edge of my seat as the book came to a close and immediately wanted to read the next. In the heat of the moment I forgot all the little things that annoyed me and had to know what was going to happen next, now that I’m done though all those little things are rearing their heads.

David is an annoying protagonist. I’m not sure if it’s just because he’s acting like a typical nineteen year old boy or if the writing really is inconsistent. One minute David is figuring out something that no one else has before, the next he’s acting like a complete idiot. Flashes of brilliance followed by extreme idiocy. Could just be a typical nineteen year old boy.

I enjoyed how the world was developed but I’m not really liking the Reckoners. They deal with too much black and white and are so resistant to anything they don’t immediately understand. They don’t seem willing to explore new ideas and it was a constant battle for David to get them to do anything.

There were a few deaths in the book but none of them hit me. The characters just didn’t resonate with me and their loss felt like nothing. Their deaths didn’t impact the story in any way except to prove that someone was evil and honestly I already didn’t like that person.

There’s a short story in between this book and the first, Mitosis. I bought it while it was on sale, but was in the middle of reading something else and then totally forgot it. I highly recommend reading it before this book because it’s referenced several times and seems to do a fair amount of world building by explaining Epics powers and weaknesses.

Even with what I disliked this book was still great. I didn’t think it was as dark as the first and I ended up flying through it. Excited for the next in the series, but I have a wait since its current release date is Feb. 16, 2016.

4.5/5

Steelheart

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Steelheart (Reckoners #1) By: Brandon Sanderson

Plot:

There are no heroes. Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics… nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience. He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

Review:

Why do people feel the need to kill babies in books? It kills me. The book would have to be the most poorly book ever written and still I would probably cry. This book was obviously not poorly written and even though it’s done at the very beginning and just sort of offhand I still boohooed.

Totally not a world of superheroes I would want to live in, incredibly dark though not quite as depressing as I thought it would be. I must have been in a good mood because thinking back it’s a pretty depressing book.

Makes me sad that all the Epics are basically evil.

Loved the twist at the end, though I did call one of the things Sanderson did. Still loved it. Really looking forward to the next book, wish it was out now so I could read it and then demand the next book.

5/5