Calamity

May 9, 2016 - 3:55 pm No Comments

Title: Calamity

Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Gollancz
Pages: 432
Released: February 18th 2016
Reviewer: Andy Angel

Calamity is the third and final book in Brandon Sanderson’s ‘Reckoners’ series. The series is aimed at a younger market I guess but please don’t let that put you off.

The main gist of the story so far is that after an ‘event’ certain individuals develop super powers but the difference with other Superhero stories is that these individuals (known as Epics) use their powers to subjugate and rule the people of what is an America but an America ‘moved on’. Up against these Epics are small bands known as Reckoners whose main aim is to bring them down.

When the first book started, our hero David had lost his father to an Epic (Steelheart) and was studying ways to defeat what was, at that point, the undefeatable. Long story short he was taken in by a group of Reckoners, won the day, lost the girl……..the story moves on.

By the time we reach ‘Calamity’, the leader of David’s group of Reckoners (known as Prof) has been revealed as one of the most powerful of all the Epics and it is up to David and his friends (but mainly David) to either defeat him or bring him back to being the Prof he was before.

And then there is Calamity to face………………….

As much as I enjoyed the characters and the pace of the book, where Sanderson excelled for me was in the world building. The cities in the new version of USA are kind of recognisable but different enough to be interesting and keep the reader wondering what he is going to show you next. This is an anti-superhero tale with plenty of action and battle scenes but (as always with Sanderson) plenty of room for character development and a liberal dose of humour.

As always with Sanderson this was a treat. As I said before this is aimed more at the teen/young adult market but reading as an adult of nearly 50 I didn’t feel like it ‘wasn’t for me’. The only down side to it all for me is that this is the end. The tale is told and I don’t think it is one he will come back to (although I will be more than happy to be proved wrong).

If you read and enjoy this, may I recommend Sanderson’s ‘Alcatraz’ series, aimed at the same audience and a really fun read

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