IF YOU HAVEN'T READ FIREFIGHT TURN BACK NOW!
I DON'T spoil this book (3rd in the trilogy) I DO spoil the first 2 and I DO reccomend reading Calamity before reading this review!
by Brandon Sanderson
Release date: 2.16.16
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.
Note: this is the last in a series.
Calamity picks up not long after Firefight ends. David's figured out the secret to Epic's weaknesses, Megan's rehabilitated, Regalia is dead, and Prof...has gone all evil epic on everyone. Naturally, David is now trying to save Prof, doing everything he possibly can in fact. There's also the whole Calamity is an epic thing (which I mean, that was an amazing plot twist in the last book, okay? Can we appreciate that for a moment?).
Prof has moved on to Atlanta, otherwise known as a moving city made of salt... Okay, one of my absolute favorite things about this series are the settings. Sanderson brings all the cool settings, a city of steel, a drowned city with glowing fruit, and now a city of salt that continually moves. Destroying and then rebuilding itself all the way. So, yes I loved that so let's start with the positives.
- David is one of my absolute favorite main characters. He continues to grow in Calamity, finally starting to realize the downside to some of his rashness and just continues to be a flawed, annoying, awesome main character. There's the added bonus of the mystery to what the heck Calamity did to him.
- I loved that we got more Megan in this book, we get to know more about her powers and really understand the Epics better in general because of it. I loved how she was still struggling with her powers and everything. I loved that Abraham and Cody were back, two of my favorite characters! Plus, we get a few new Epics and other new characters.
- Plot twists! Calamity, much like Steelheart and Firefight, doesn't disappoint in the plot twists let me tell you. Seeing as this is one of my favorite things about the series I was super happy to see it continue in the last book of the series.
Okay, sadly, I think we have to talk about the not so good things now...
I wanted to love this book so much. Steelheart was amazing, Firefight (in my opinion) was even better, I was left with a huge book hangover after finishing it earlier this month, there was nothing but plot twists (seemingly) and such a big cliff hanger and then...
Okay, Calamity in no way was a bad book, but I did have problems with it. It was TOO fast paced. On the one hand, this is a good thing because I could just devour it in basically one sitting and never wanted to put it down. On the other hand, we get to over halfway through and I felt like nothing really had happened. It was all a bunch of lead up and then the actual climax was...20 pages????
Literally. 20 PAGES. I'm here waiting for my answers, waiting for something to happen with Prof so we can move onto the real issue (Calamity), WAITING to find out what the hell is with Firefight and then...I get 20 PAGES. I am not okay with this. I am not okay with the Calamity explanation, it felt like a cop out because nothing was really explained??? Through the whole book, I'm waiting for all these amazing things to come together, you have a great plot, the mystery of Calamity and Firefight, you have the feels coming from everything with Prof, you have amazing writing and equally amazing characters and you EXPECT THINGS and then... It's over?
Without giving away spoilers, I have to say I hated the end. I hated the whole thing with Firefight's world, I mean, plot twist alert which I was excited about but then...that's not what I was expecting and that's good but I feel like I would've enjoyed it better if it'd been drawn out instead of just randomly thrust in my face then BAM. End of book.
And CALAMITY. OH CALAMITY. *deep breath* Okay, I loved what was going on here first, I didn't see it coming (both things from the last book and this one) but then... *releases breathe slowly* WHAT. WAS. THAT. If there's one thing I can't stand it's books that gloss over an explanation for something, that don't actually explain something important and that's what this did and I can't even with it, okay? I can't even.
Okay, I feel better.
Now, let me be straight, I didn't hate this book. I hated parts of the ending but I still overall loved it. It had flaws, I thought, but Sanderson still manages to write such a compelling novel that I had to love it even while hating it. I feel a little like we were cheated at the end but I think it's worth reading, the whole series and this last one. I'm disappointed but also still oddly satisfied with the ending and sad that there won't be anymore. =(
Would I Recommend This? YES.
To Whom? All the people. But also mostly the people who love superheroes and villainy things, and, most importantly, the line between.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Of course.