Review for Calamity (Reckoners #3) by Brandon Sanderson

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

TITLE: Calamity
SERIES: Reckoners #3
AUTHOR: Brandon Sanderson
NARRATOR: MacLeod Andrews
PUBLICATION DATE: February 12, 2016
PUBLISHER: Audible Studios
LENGTH: 11 hours 51 minutes
FORMAT: Audiobook
SOURCE: Review copy via Audible
RATING: 5 bows

Summary from Audible:

From the best-selling author of the Mistborn series and Words of Radiance comes Calamity, the final book in the New York Times best-selling Reckoners series. What started in the instant number-one New York Times best seller Steelheart and continued in the instant number-one New York Times best seller Firefight now concludes in Calamity.

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.

I believe the term book hangover was invented for this moment. I don’t know what I’m supposed to read now. I want more from this world, but it’s over and I don’t want these tormented characters to be put through anymore drama so I don’t really want more. But I just can’t believe this story was over so quickly. Maybe I shouldn’t have devoured the audiobooks quite as quickly so the experience would last longer, but I couldn’t help it. The whole series is written in that way that you just need 10 more minutes. Just a little longer to find out what happens next. Anyway, enough fangirling, let’s get down to business (to defeat the Huns).

We start off pretty closely to where Firefight left off. Prof has gone rogue and David might have figured out to defeat the darkness that is associated with the epic powers. He is determined to bring Prof back to his former self and take down Calamity. Because taking down Calamity will solve all their problems…hopefully. I love how his character has grown. Then, I also love how his character has stayed the same. I found his relationships, I use that term lightly, with his rifles to be highly amusing throughout the entire series. And I love (LOVE) his relationship with Megan. They are so adorably cute together and I love how she teases him.

I also just love Megan. She’s strong and independent. She’s a pretty kick-ass character in general. I love how she hates to accept help and wants to do everything on her own. I love that she’s the exception to the rule. She has such a fascinating power. Alternate realities and all the things that could have been if one small decision or fact of birth was changed. That’s an idea that’s easy to get lost in.

The trek to find Prof was bittersweet. On one hand, we want them to find him and fix him, but is that possible? Is Prof redeemable at this point? He has already committed so many atrocities in his short time as a full epic so would he even be able to live with himself it he came back to his senses? And then there are the bigger questions? Who the hell is Calamity? Why is he/she here? What do they want? What causes the darkness? Is this horrible world redeemable?

So what do you need to know? This is an incredible end to one of my new favorite series. It’s a satisfying conclusion that I have no complaints with. Just keep the faith. You get to a point where you are pretty close to the end and things STILL haven’t wrapped up. You start to wonder if it’s really going to wrap up or just leave you on one of those evil ambiguous endings. Rest assured that we get the resolution we deserve. Though, beware, there is a heartbreaking character death. The fact that I gave this 5 stars even after taking that fact into consideration should speak volumes.

Audio Notes:
MacLeod Andrews is just as awesome as he always is. I feel like I’m repeating myself, but he’s absolutely fantastic. I truly believe that with the right direction, this man could read the phone book and I would listen to it. Just sayin’! But seriously, he’s amazing and I look forward to listening to more of his work in the future!

****Thank you to Esther Bochner at Audible for providing me with an audio copy in exchange for an honest review****

5 bows
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