Book Review: Calamity
But there’s plenty to be praised here as well.
Of all three of the books, this one dived deepest into the mythology of the “Epics,” and this is where this series really excels. Exploring the why, the how, the limits and darkness inherent in using these powers. The idea that man, when granted supernatural abilities, will always use them to gain dominion over others, is fascinating. So is the counter idea, that man is inherently good and can curtail the darkness with effort. There’s a lot here for a “YA” novel that could really be explored and this, to me at least, was more fascinating than trumped up action scenes that wouldn’t be necessary.
Of yeah, and then there’s all that inter-dimensional stuff as well. This novel’s a lot deeper than it would appear at its surface.
As for the Reckoners series? I have to admit, it’s fun. Expect a few lows with the highs, but sparks, like any roller coaster, the slow ratcheting ramp up is worth the hand-raising, passenger screaming ride back down.