Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting. This week I’m choosing Calamity by Brandon Sanderson which is the third and final book in The Reckoners trilogy. I really love Steelheart which is the first book in the series and I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. I still have to read Firefight but since I’m planning on picking that up as one of my first 2016 reads, I’ve already preordered Calamity so I can jump right into it and finish the trilogy. Without giving any spoilers, the series is about people who wake up with powers one day but instead of becoming superheroes, they rule over regular people through fear. The gifted people are called Epics and there are different degrees of power. The book follows a group of rebels called The Reckoners who are fed up with being treated poorly by the Epics so they plan and carry out assassinations of minor Epics. You can read my full review of the first book here and you may want to avoid the summary below so things aren’t spoiled for you!
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. (via Goodreads)
I’m posting this video a little late seeing as how we’re already about halfway through March, but better late than never! In my monthly wrap up videos I’ll be giving mini reviews for all the books I read that month along with a star rating since I don’t always have the opportunity to write a full review for each book I read during the month. I also just became a Book Depository affiliate! So if you’re looking to purchase some discounted books with free international shipping (for instance, those neon Hunger Games books from my January Book Haul) I’ll make a small commission if you use this link: http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=superspacechick
This book was sent to me by the publisher for review consideration. This is no way swayed my opinion.
Wow. Wow. Wow. I do not say this lightly. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson is one of those rare books that is immediately fascinating from the first page. It begins with a flashback recounted by the protagonist David from when he was 8 years old. It does a fantastic job of introducing the reader to the state of the world and the Epics who’ve destroyed it. Epics are similar to superheroes but none of them use their powers for good. They’ve overthrown all forms of government because no one can control them or have any chance of stopping them without knowing their one unique weakness and they show no remorse for killing normal humans. In the flashback, we also learn why it’s become the protagonists sole purpose in life to exact revenge on an Epic named Steelheart.
Like any nation where the mass population is not looked out for, a group of rebellious citizens have banded together with one goal: kill Epics. They strategically plan their hits and they never stay in one city for long. Their existence is a rumor but David has spent so much time tracking them that he manages to cross paths with them when they visit Newcago. The way that David tells the story is part of why I loved it so much. David is only 18 so his youthful sense of hope and believing in being able to do the seemingly impossible shines through in all of his decisions. He’s both clever and fearless and his understanding of the world has mostly been learned from books. Also, his inability to craft proper metaphors is very charming. I can honestly say that there was never a dull moment or lull in the plot while reading. All of the minor characters were fully developed and while most didn’t like to offer tidbits of their past, they all had such unique personalities that you could get a sense of where they came from.
If you enjoy reading about superheroes and you’ve thought about what it might be like if they actually existed, Steelheart is the perfect read. I’m so happy the second book is out already because I don’t think I would be able to wait to find out what’s going to happen next. I am so charmed by this underdog story and I constantly found myself rooting for the average people to emerge triumphant. Brandson Sanderson really gets how to craft a story and I’m definitely going to be picking up everything else he’s written. Before researching more about him, I hadn’t realized that he took over the Wheel of Time series for Robert Jordan.
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.
Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.
And David wants in. He wants Steelheart – the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning – and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge. (via Goodreads)
GIVEAWAY: Steelheart & Firefight (The Reckoners Books 1 & 2) By Brandon Sanderson & Morphie Portable Charger
I am so excited to be giving away the first two books in Brandon Sanderson’s #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Reckoners! The giveaway is celebrating the release of the second book in the series, entitled Firefight, which celebrated it’s book birthday on January 6th. Everyone that I have ever spoken to who has read a Brandon Sanderson novel has RAVED about how they must read everything he writes so I’m also looking forward to reading and reviewing the series here as well! In the meantime, you can read an excerpt of the second book, Firefight, here.
Brandon Sanderson is back with a vengeance in FIREFIGHT, the follow up to the #1 New York Times bestselling Steelheart.In the book that Kirkus Reviews is calling a “rare middle volume that keeps the throttle open,” Sanderson takes readers on another a thrill ride and “presents a Marvel Comics-style mix of violently destructive battles, fabulous feats and ongoing inner wrestling over morality and identity.”
David Charleston still can’t believe it. Steelheart is dead, and he died by David’s own hand. Even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic, but the invincible has fallen and now Newcago is free. Despite attaining revenge for the murder of his father and living his dream as a team member of the most elite Reckoners cell, David finds he has more questions than ever before, and he won’t find the answers in his home city.
Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as Manhattan, could hold the key. Ruled by the mysterious and ambivalent High Epic Regalia, Babylon Restored is a place flooded with water and painted in neon, where the inhabitants spend most of their days lounging and nights partying. David can’t seem to understand the complacency of the city and its residents, but what he does understand is that being positioned here, risky as it may be, could lead him to the answers he so desperately seeks. Because there is an emptiness in him, one left behind after killing Steelheart, that was filled unexpectedly by Firefight, who is just plain Megan to him. And David will stop at nothing to find a way to understand Epics and bring her back to him. Hopefully for good this time.
The second book in the Reckoners series and follow up to the highly acclaimed Steelheart, which Publishers Weekly called “an absolute page-turner,” FIREFIGHT is filled with spine-tingling adventure and heart-racing action that promises to satisfy fans both new and old.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
BRANDON SANDERSON is the author of the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy. In 2007, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series following the author’s death. The concluding book in that series, A Memory of Light, was released on January 8, 2013, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction List., just as his two previous Wheel of Time books had done. His work has been published in over 25 languages and his books have sold millions of copies worldwide. He lives and writes in Utah. Visit him at BrandonSanderson.com or connect with him on Twitter @BrandSanderson.
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PRAISE & ACCOLADES FOR STEELHEART
- #1 New York Times Bestseller
- IRA Young Adults
- ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
- ALA-YALSA Teens Top Ten
- Amazon Best Book of the Year
“Sanderson has written a riveting dystopian adventure novel . . . Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance; it’s a formula that sucks readers into the prologue, slings them through on tension-filled encounter after the other, and then . . . leaves them panting for the sequel.” —Booklist, starred
“Sanderson’s whiz-bang imaginings, and a fully realized sense of danger (the brutal opening scene alone will hook many) make this an absolute page-turner.” —Publishers Weekly
“Perfect for genre fans who love exciting adventure stories with surprising plot twists. Readers will be rooting for David.” —School Library Journal
“Unfortunately for my ego, Steelheart is another win for Sanderson, proving that he’s not a brilliant writer of epic fantasy, he’s simply a brilliant writer. Period.” —Patrick Rothfuss, author of the New York Times bestseller The Name of the Wind
“Fantastic! The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive, with a resolution that I’ll be thinking about for a long time.” —James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series
“A tense, fast-paced adventure. Brandon Sanderson is one of the best fantasy sci-fi writers working today.” —Christopher Paolini, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller Eragon