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Legacy Paperback – September 5, 2014
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Legacy has received several awards including: Gold in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Young Adult Fiction E-book category; Honorable Mention in the 2014 Southern California Book Festival, General Fiction category; Notable Book in the 2014 Shelf Unbound competition, Epic Saga category; and Runner-Up in the 2014 Florida Book Festival, Young Adult category.
"...Kane makes her story stand out...in the deft way she deals with heavy themes related to child abuse, PTSD and the fear that people cannot ever truly leave the demons of their past behind...A dark, emotional story about rebellion, closely in the tradition of the Divergent and Legend trilogies." -Kirkus Review
"Legacy is a book that is difficult to put down once started. I finished the book within a few hours...Legacy won't be a story readers will soon forget." -San Francisco Book Review
"Legacy is an entertaining tale with a plot and characters that are skillfully woven together." -IndieReader
From the Author
I hope that you will enjoy reading Legacy as much as I enjoyed writing it. My "real" job has always inspired my writing. As a psychologist, I meet a lot of people--not in the "hi, how are you?" kind of way--more like, tell me the deepest, darkest things about yourself. I've learned that everybody has secrets; everybody has a past. Some struggle to get over it; some learn from it; some are changed by it; some are haunted. It was that idea, what we do with our pasts, that inspired Legacy.
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The plot was equal parts action/adventure and romance and both were well done. The chemistry between Lex and Quin is immediate, but the relationship develops slowly. Quin has his secrets which force him to keep Lex at arms' length at first. But everyone has secrets and they're revealed one by one, adding twists and turns to the adventure half of the story.
The characters were really well developed, including secondary and even tertiary characters. They all had a depth that brought them to life. I liked all of the characters well enough, but there was no single character that I loved, and that may be what has kept me from rating this book higher than four stars.
The writing was great. The author's voice is fresh and youthful and her writing is fluid. It may have been one of my favorite aspects of the story.
What Didn't Work for Me
1. I couldn't really embrace a single character. I liked them all and rooted for them, but there was no single character, not even Lex, that I was pulling for over all the others.
2. The early pacing. It got off to a slow start, but once it found it's footing, it took off.
Top Five Things I Enjoyed About Legacy
1. The romance. It's angsty and intense, just the way I like my teen romances.
2. The danger. The author does an excellent job of seamlessly weaving danger into the conflict and romance.
3. The science. Kane's dystopian future relies heavily on science and she does a good job of presenting a believable future where science is our downfall.
4. The writing. I love the use of metaphors and the fluid writing style that remains youthful as well as dark, appropriate to the subject matter.
5. The ending. The book wraps up the main story questions while leaving the door wide open for a sequel.
Legacy is a solid young adult dystopian with the right mix of action and romance. I've already bought the next two books in the series!
I was provided with a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
The book seems to have it all, pathos, romance, philosophical questions, action, and mystery.
For a debut novel, the writing was so much better than even very experienced novelists, for that, the author deserves high praise.
The only thing I could say is that I'm hoping the author decides to write a sequel to this fine story.
The author eloquently leads the reader through an action packed twisting story of Lex, the main character, as she leaves her mother whom she deeply loves and respects to join the Resistance. Through chance and circumstance Lex meets other devotees to the Resistance where she is confronted with stark choices between life and death to survive as well as learning about her own inner feelings of love and devotion. Ellery Kane skillfully creates each character from emotional traits and experiences that we all can identify with. The multi-chapter structure of the book keeps the reader engaged as the author contrasts action and personal intimacy throughout the story.
I highly recommend reading Legacy. It is a great action thriller and a wonderful study in interpersonal psychology.
Good premise and storyline. A little light on the set-up.
One chapter had a rather obvious outcome brewing...and YA's, in general, don't need their libidos rev'ed up any more than they already are. 'nough said.
A good one-timer. Doesnt' feel like a sequel is in the offing.
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