Firefight & Calamity: Book Review

Firefight (The Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson

Much like its predecessor, Firefight is still an endlessly fun and interesting take on superheroes, but it lacks that certain something to make it a 5 star.
Rating: 4 Stars

Calamity (The Reckoners #3) by Brandon Sanderson

As with this whole series, the worlds Sanderson builds are endlessly fascinating, but I’ve failed to feel emotionally invested in the characters. Intriguing plot and twist on superheroes, but it does fall into predictability at times.
Rating: 4 Stars

Since this is a general review for books 2 and 3 in the Reckoners series, I’m not going to put the synopsis in this post to avoid spoilers. You can also check out my review for the first book in the trilogy, Steelheart, here.

The Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson was always going to be at a disadvantage with me. It really had no chance in standing up to The Mistborn and Stormlight Archive series. And while The Reckoners did not fully live up to my Sanderson Standard™, I still enjoyed the heck out of these books.

Firefight and Calamity were both amusing, but at times fell into predictability. While I feel that a lot of the ideas in the plot were unique, the way they played out were not. I absolutely love Sanderson’s spin on the superhero theme and the way it explored power and corruption.

While the world building was stellar, and oh my it was STELLAR, I felt that a lot of the characters fell flat for me. They were amusing, but I never felt deeply for them. Sanderson usually brings his A game when it comes to characters for me, so this was a bit of a letdown for these books.

Now let’s talk world building for a quick minute. Sanderson is a gosh darn master of world building in everything he does, and the Reckoners series is no different. The intensely unique and mind-bending settings he creates in these books are the highlights of the stories. I’ve never read anything like the world he created in the Reckoner books, and I doubt I’ll ever see it’s like again.

I feel like The Reckoners trilogy is Sanderson Lite. It has a lot of classic Sanderson elements (world building and snark), but each book lacked the heart and soul that I felt in his other series. The Reckoners trilogy is a solid series, but if you want a book to really lodge itself in your reading soul, go pick up Mistborn.

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