Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Audiobook Review: Calamity


Calamity (Reckoners, #3)Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: The Reckoners, #3
Released: February 16th 2016
Publisher: Audible Studios
Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Audible

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.

Calamity! I can’t believe it’s over! I’ve waited so long to read this… When this trilogy started, I’d been mostly unfamiliar with Mr. Sanderson’s work, but his easy style and humor won me over in a heartbeat. This trilogy has been a favorite of mine since the very beginning, and while the ending didn’t quite provide the entertainment I was hoping for, it was nevertheless a satisfying finale that gave me answers and more or less the type conclusion I was hoping for.


Calamity starts with a bang and continues on a very high note throughout. The Reckoners are irrevocably changed and it’s up to David to decide their next move. Although he’s the newest member, his knowledge on the epics allows him to make solid decisions and mostly follow through on his plans. No matter how much things around him change, David remains the same – awkward and funny, and always optimistic. Even the events in Firefight didn’t crush his never-ending optimism, and while it’s sometimes annoying, it’s also childlike and honest and it sometimes leads to very good things. Where others would give up, David just plows through with very little regard for his own safety, and he darn well does with a smile and an endless supply of truly stupid similes.

Calamity isn’t without its issues, but pacing isn’t among them. I liked how the story progressed and all the action was both exciting and funny. The only thing I struggled with was David’s slowness in figuring out what was going on. He wasn’t doing a whole lot of thinking, especially for someone who was in charge of so many lives. I did feel that Sanderson got tangled in his own plotlines a tiny bit. The alternate universes brought more confusion than answers and in the end, they seemed like an easy fix, a neat solution for every problem out there. I can’t really say more and avoid spoilers, but some things could have been dealt with differently and certainly more elegantly.

It needs to be said though that I generally don’t read series about corrupt superheroes for their great literary value, so I’m quite content with being properly entertained. If I laugh out loud a few times along the way (which I did), all the better. While the series didn’t have much of an emotional impact, I’ll certainly go back to reread it every now and again.

I think I would have liked this book a lot less on paper, but McLeod Andrews is every listener’s dream. He brings such humor into the story and he knows exactly how to make the important details stand out without giving too much away. He is a fabulous narrator, one of those rare stars who can narrate just about anything and make it sound amazing. So Audible Studios, if you’re listening, more books narrated by Andrews, please.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.

12 comments:

  1. Yea, I feel the same way about most of the books I read. Usually I'm not reading for great literary value but for entertainment. :) Hm... I might have to try this series.

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  2. I've been wanting to read Sanderson for awhile now and though this book wasn't as big a hit for you as some of the previous novels in this series, I definitely think I'm going to be giving these a try. I haven't listened to an audiobook in so long so this needs to be bumped up my list of priorities for sure! Gorgeous review, Maja!

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  3. I really love the Sanderson books too but I haven't tried this series I confess but one day maybe

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  4. Sounds like it would be nice to listen to it :) I like a good voice

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  5. I've only read the first book in this series, but now that final book is here, it's time for me to re-read Steelheart and finish the trilogy!

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  6. I just read Kimberly review of this one and you two agree on several points, mainly the villain and the audiobook narration. I totally agree, Andrew MacLeod is terrific we need more of him and Charlie Thurston.

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  7. I haven't read the second book so I'm not quite familiar with all the things that transpired since the first. Corrupt superheroes aren't my favourite thing to read either, but I like seeing them fall at least. :)

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  8. I definitely think that Sanderson is not for everyone. I found I can only enjoy him at some times, while at others I experience a hard disconnect with his writing. But when that DOESN't happen ... yeah, he's old-school fantasy at its best.

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  9. I still haven't read anything by Sanderson but this series is on my wishlist so hopefully at some point in the future I'll remedy that.

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  10. I read the first book in this series, and found myself rather entertained, even if David's puppy love annoyed me no end. I need to get back and finish the series, now that the last book is out! Lovely review.

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  11. Yes, Andrew made this series for me. I truly liked the world building but was disappointed in the final battle. I loved the humor and characters though.

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