Review: Calamity

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a perfect conclusion to the trilogy. Sanderson does a good job extending out everyone’s character growth and the natural progression of the story.

I don’t remember if, while reading the earlier books in the trilogy, I made the leap of Calamity as a metaphor for Satan. Satan is often referred to as Morning Star and Calamity has been shining up in space this whole time. This book makes the metaphor more explicit as Sanderson has Calamity explain that he has pushed the epics to greater paranoia in the hopes that it would exacerbate their cruelty.

The challenge of helping each Epic confront their fears made for a bit of a mystery plot. (view spoiler)[I loved the reveal at the end that Obliteration had gained control of his powers 5 years ago (hide spoiler)] The middle of the book with the infiltration plan was also nice and exciting.

I was a bit confused at the ending about why certain Epics both in the main world and alternate world had certain powers. It seemed very odd to me and I’ll have to check some subreddits to see if someone can explain to me why it makes sense.

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