Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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 the Reckoners’ leader struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. 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.
Yup, Calamity is as every bit as fast paced as Steelheart and Firefight.
The book is a whirlwind of rescue attempts and impossible-to-pull-off plans. The body count is high, but the violence is just generally described and David’s similes are just as bad as ever, plus there is still the underlying theme of forgiveness and second chances.
The setting for this novel really does demonstrate Sanderson’s mastery of world building. Formerly known as Atlanta, Ildithia is a moving city of salt that reconstructs itself on the front border while it disintegrates along the back. Is it a perfect novel? No. My only real complaint is that it actually felt a little rushed. There were so many big questions that were answered in last-minute reveals that I almost wished there was a fourth book so that there would be adequate time to wrap everything up. But alas, this is the last book in the series. Sanderson did announce, however, that he was starting a series in a universe parallel to this one. So if you are saddened by the end of the Reckoners, don’t worry, there will be more superhero books coming!