Today I am reviewing Calamity, which is the third and final book in Brandon Sanderson’s The Reckoners Trilogy. This review will contain spoilers. I read Calamity right after reading Steelheart and Firefight in late December. I’m sharing what I like, what I don’t like, and my overall thoughts.
Once again, one of my favorite things about this book is the worldbuilding. We went from Newcago to New Babylon, and now we’re onto a different city called Ildithia. I think it’s super cool how Ildithia is constantly changing. It disintegrates every seven days and reforms, which is fascinating, and it moves across the country, which is also super cool. Like the other books, Calamity has an awesomely unique setting.
I also really like Larcener. I found his character engaging and mysterious. I could tell something was off about him, but I was not expecting the plot twist at the end. I saw a lot of the plot twists in this trilogy coming, but this was not one of them. I really liked Larcener until that plot twist happened.
I also like that David finds Tia. At first I didn’t notice the hints that led to that discovery, but David was able to solve the mystery of their missing team member. Prof eventually did the same thing, but it’s more impressive when David does because David doesn’t know Tia as well.
Another plot twist that I didn’t see coming was the one with Obliteration. He’s known the key to the Epics’ weaknesses all along, and he faced his fear. This whole time he’s been an evil dude just because that’s who he is and not because it’s a byproduct of being an Epic. That was crazy to find out, and I love it. All this time we thought Obliteration was just a poor man who got corrupted by his powers, but he’s actually just a terrible person.
There are a few things I don’t like about this book, and they all pertain to the ending. One of them is that all the main characters live. We go through all these battles, and Tia and a few side characters are really the only ones who die. Tia doesn’t even die in a main battle. She just dies in the crossfire. A lot of characters who die resurrect, and I’m not a fan of that either. With so much conflict, I find it unrealistic for so many people to live.
I also feel like there’s a loose end with Knighthawk’s wife. He was hoping he could use Prof’s powers to resurrect her, but we never find out whether or not he’s successful. I want to know what happens, and it’s left as an unanswered question.
I don’t like that David becomes an Epic in the end. We go through this whole trilogy where he’s a normal person, and he’s successfully taking down Epics. I love that he’s a hero without the superhuman powers. I really liked that about his character, and now that’s been taken away.
The final thing I don’t like about the end is that Megan’s able to open up an alternate universe where David’s father is basically Steelheart. I don’t like that David gets a happy ending with his dad because his dad died ten years ago, and I think he should just stay dead. I would like the story just fine without David having his dad back. I’m not sure what the purpose was in bringing back David’s dad because he doesn’t really play a role in the main storyline.
Overall, this is the book I have the most mixed feelings with because I love the worldbuilding, some of the characters, and the plot twists I didn’t predict; but I also don’t like a lot of things that happen (or don’t happen) in the end. I read the book really quickly, and it was engaging, but I’m just not a fan of the ending. I’m sure there are people who love that ending, but it’s just not the ending for me.
What are your thoughts on Calamity? Have you read it? Do you like the ending? Let me know in the comments. I’m interested to hear your thoughts.