Legacy

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Lex Knightley’s mother sends her into a seemingly abandoned San Francisco to search for the resistance and provide them with key information. A former star employee at Zenigenic, a pharmaceutical company, Lex’s mom developed Emovere, a drug that could be used to control fear and anxiety. After finding the resistance, Lex learns more about her mother’s work with personality-altering drugs, and how it became connected with the military and a mysterious man named Quin. Lex meets Augustus, the leader of the resistance, who isn’t as kind as he seems to be at first glance. Lex must learn how to undo her mother’s damaging work, and Quin must learn how to quell his predisposition to violence and anger.

Young adult dystopian fiction books are a dime a dozen, but unassuming Legacy manages to add its voice to the conversation. At first, I was apprehensive because the genre is so prolific. I caught strong hints of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series as I was reading, and I thought Lex’s story would be more of the same old societal-subversion with tame boy-meets-girl romance. While somewhat unoriginal in its main plot, the book’s characters are complex. All of them have skeletons in their closet. Just as San Francisco must move past its long history of using personality-altering drugs on its population and members of the military, the characters must come to terms with their own legacies and work to improve themselves. Everyone learns the hard lesson that there are consequences to their actions.

Legacy is a book that is difficult to put down once started. I finished the book within a few hours. The chapters themselves are very short, and the story wraps up at the end with only a few loose ends. While a sequel, or spinoff novels with minor characters, would be interesting, it wouldn’t be necessary. Legacy won’t be a story readers will soon forget.


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Author Ellery Kane
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 254 pages
Publisher Balboa Press
Publish Date 17-Sep-2014
ISBN 9781452520407
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Issue April 2015
Category Young Adult
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