12 June 2016

Review: Calamity

Calamity Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With the finale of this series, Brandon Sanderson seals up what's been a pretty great series about superpowers gone rogue. While Calamity ties up a lot of the loose ends nicely, it does falter a bit by taking a while to get to the point before racing toward a conclusion.

What I found interesting was some of the tropes Sanderson chose to work with in the final portions of this book. Without giving anything away (and the books have been derivative, but not in a bad way), the way to the conclusion here was surprising in its lack of real risk, especially given the way the series has been handled so far. A subverted trope un-subverted, in a sense.

Either way, though, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better modern science fiction tale for YA these days, and Brandon Sanderson is an absolute master in nearly everything he does anyway, so this series was still very solid on a whole. If anything, it might have benefited from another volume to expand on what was here in this book.

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