Calamity

Calamity

Book - 2016
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David prepares for a confrontation against the High Epic to help his friend, Prof, achieve redemption and embrace his destiny.
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385743600
0385743602
Characteristics: 421 pages ; 24 cm

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blue_dog_31717
Oct 16, 2017

Wow. I mean, just, this book was the worst. I loved Steelheart, which I still call my favorite book. Firefight was okay, as it felt a bit rushed, but had a solid plot and characters. I was very excited for calamity. Getting Cody and Abraham back made me excited. This was, by far, the biggest letdown ever. The characters had no resemblance to book 1, the plot was rushed, and for the majority of the book, I was thinking this was the most boring book ever, even during the climax. Everything about this book,execpt for Knighthawk (who kept my rating from being a half-star) was completely horrible. This book was a complete disaster, and a terrible disappointment.

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xenoverse
Aug 16, 2017

Loved it. David is an Epic.

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acmanjr
Oct 12, 2016

Loved the series, just plain and simple

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ADWithrow
Aug 20, 2016

I was sucked into this series immediately with Steelheart. I loved the idea of super-heroes that weren't heroes, and were actually the bad guys. I loved the intensity of the plot and the planning that went into taking down Steelheart. Firefight kept the ball rolling for me, but lost some of the specialness of this series. Regalia was boring and, though I liked Babilar, the plot there didn't keep me engaged.

This book just absolutely abandoned everything that I had loved about the Reckoners. This was set up so beautifully with the reveal at the end of Firefight that Calamity was another epic. This should have been an incredible showdown, but it wasn't. The whole thing focused on saving Prof and got hopelessly bogged down in the mechanics of Megan's powers. Half the book was David wondering how her powers worked! That whole aspect of the plot could have, and should, have been limited to a side note. Rather, it become the whole shebang.

Prof was utterly boring as a supposedly super High Epic. He was predictable and barely intriguing at all. Everything he did was easy to spot coming and, as a result, there was no tension in this book. Steelheart had you on the edge of your seat the whole time but this book barely got me to sit up.

An Calamity. Jesus what a wasted opportunity. He basically just lays down an disappears after witnessing the majesty of the love between parent and child. Really? 10+ years of utter hatred for humanity and suddenly he gets it? He never noticed the love between parent and child in all the years he spent fiddling with humanity?

And the ending. Utterly uninspired and a total let down. The only reason this gets two stars instead of one is Knighthawk. His character, and the banter between him and others, was fun at least.

Really disappointed here. This was a massive letdown after all the build up of the first two in the series. The whole idea of this, those who should be heroes being the evil villians, was totally lost along the way. The plot got muddied with alternate dimensions and Megan's powers. There was no suspense, no intensity, nothing in this that resembled Steelheart at all.

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jcamp0
Jul 22, 2016

Confusing plot, a desperate-feeling design, and an anti-climatic ending. Highly disappointing. I really enjoyed Steelheart and Firefight, and I was looking forward to this, but I was sadly let down.

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Aadityaag23
Jun 26, 2016

This book amazing and filled with action packed drama!

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andrewzo
Apr 30, 2016

Better than book 2. Fast pace. Too rush of a finish. David is annoying. Megan's power is quite unique and original.

Rbrightone Apr 10, 2016

As others have said this is a really great series and the ending seemed a bit rushed but was very satisfactory. I see that some are saying this is the end of the series, but I think that if Sanderson wants to do something more in this world, or the next, that we could see another book series. Maybe not the Reckoners, but perhaps another series with different characters in the same world. If you have not read The Reckoners series I would highly recommend it.

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danomcd
Mar 22, 2016

An okay finish to the series. The development of the characters remained strong right to the end and the ending was a surprise. But their are some pretty big holes:
1)The way he used Meagan's powers as a fix everything solution e.g. when they were trapped without an escape - hey Meagan can use her powers in this way OR in a big fight with no hope of winning - oh wait Meagan can also use her powers this way... You can only get away with this when you intentionally don't really define an ability and put any limits on it - which is what he did with Meagan.
*****SPOILER ALERT*****
2) calamity...ok, so he is basically god or a god at least. He has given each EPIC their power and THUS SHOULD BE COMPLETELY AWARE OF MEAGAN's POWERS AND THUS THE ALTERNATE REALITIES THEY PROVIDE ACCESS TO! ...but no...instead he somehow gets dragged into an alternate reality (really how can you drag an all powerful god?) and WOW, he is surprised...really? ...the end.
3) Unfortunately, what I found really was missing was what I loved in the first two books (ignoring book 1.5 mitosis) - this is basically a series about a TEAM taking on unbeatable odds through careful planning to enact punishment/vengeance against an overwhelming opponent. This book has none of this. He even basically admits it through David saying that he is just winging the whole thing.
I didn't mind the book originally but after some time I grow more and more dissatisfied with it.

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TheFlash_1
Mar 18, 2016

First off, I pre ordered this book. It is AMAZING!!!!!!!! If I have one thing to say about this series, its I'm sad its over. I have some ideas for a new series, but before you read this, I suggest reading the first 2. if you already have, you will LOVE this book.

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