Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

Thursday, March 31st 2016

My reaction when Brandon Sanderson releases a new novel.

Sparks! This book is amazing! I took my time when it came to reading this book because I did not want to leave the world of Epics nor the Reckoners no matter what the ending might reveal. The previous book Firefight had my heart in it’s clutches as David and his companions figured out the secret to pushing back the darkness of the Epics when they use their powers. I’m so happy that David and Megan are a couple. Unlike other novels Brandon Sanderson has a unique way of giving the characters just a brush or romances without over saturating the novel with romantic lust, thus overpowering the compelling action adventure qualities of the storyline. Have no fear Calamity truly does have an overwhelming amount of action, suspense, thriller, murder, love gained and of course love lost. Even though David has spent a large amount of his time after killing Steelheart with the Reckoner team members, he seems to continue his unique ability of creating the ugliest if not confusing metaphors I have ever read. I want to hate David for his bad metaphors but I only feel that makes my heart love him more. I can’t help it David is the cutest-adorkable male character I ever fell in love with.  The adorable nature of nerdy David is equally matched to the pure villainous nature of Prof submitting to his Epic powers. I am not even sure how to feel, while witnessing all the horrors that Prof has done under the influences of Calamity.

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Let’s talk about the fact that Megan is able to not only create shadows but to actually pull people from other versions if not other parallel dimensions of the world in which our current group of Reckoners are living today. That really made me question how far Megan’s ability can go, unfortunately the further she experiment with her Epic powers the more the darkness creeped inside her. David has to literally burn away the darkness in order to keep her sanity within the walls of humanity.
Sparks that truly sucks, like a rotten egg walking into a coffee shop. No serious it makes sense. If an rotten egg walked into a coffee shop everyone would wonder what smelled so bad. They would find the rotten egg in the coffee shop and know automatically that it didn’t belong there, which would just make the rotten egg stand out more, get it?
. . . I’ll just leave the bad metaphors to David then.

The moment that The Reckoners encounter Prof, who is by good nature an awesome strategist when he’s on a good nature but of course when Prof is being consumed by his Epic power he’s a down right villain. It takes all of Megan’s illusions, bring Megan’s upon Megan’s to her dimension  to help avoid Prof detection. Of course this only makes Megan push herself to the breaking point as she’s about to see infinite of worlds. Unfortunately Prof stays true to his strategic leading Megan and David to a flame throwing trap. They fight to together since Abraham and Cody fought Prof earlier in the battle only to fall. As the battle continues Calamity is actually revealed.

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This novel is definitely different form other Brandon Sanderson novels but I still enjoyed it throughly.
5 stars all around!

About MacLeod Andrews

MacLeod Andrews is an actor and voice actor in Los Angeles He is a Company Member of Rising Phoenix Rep theater company in NYC

About Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

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