Sunday, April 10, 2016

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

Calamity (Reckoners, #3)Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I will be brief. The winner in Calamity, was... well, the identity of Calamity. That was a great twist (I'm trying to avoid spoilers here.) I had several theories about how the books would culminate, and they were all wrong, and I honestly prefer it that way. I WANT the author to be one step ahead of me as the reader.

On the flip side, I think that Megan's powers were kind of muddled. I mean, in hindsight, I think I see where he was going with the whole alternate dimension thing, but as with time travel, I think it brings up more questions than it answers. Through this book David builds an affinity with one such dimension, but what of the others? Is there a true dimension? Does success in one equal success in all of them?

I'm not saying that those questions necessarily detract from the plot in Calamity, but to me they are distracting. Sanderson has a gift for writing great action scenes, but alternate dimensions require too much attention when there are bullets flying around.

This book is an almost 5 stars (which still equals 4) due to the overall story. He remains a master at his craft, and while I might not appreciate every choice he makes, I do appreciate how he continues to push the envelope with his immense creative ability.