Publication Date: September 5th, 2014
Synopsis: How do you want to feel today?
In 2041, the choice is yours.
San Francisco is deserted, the Bay Bridge bombed, and the BART subway trains grounded. The Guardians, members of an elite and mysterious government-appointed military police force, are maintaining order at all costs—thanks to emotion-altering drugs like Emovere that suppress fear and anxiety. Lex Knightley, daughter of a prominent forensic psychiatrist, risks entering the devastated city to partner with the Resistance, a group of rebels intent upon exposing the dangers of Emovere. Lex discovers an ally in Quin McAllister, a magnetic Guardian Force recruit with a haunting past that binds them together. As she uncovers the secrets of the Guardian Force and confronts the truth about her family, Lex begins to realize that even those closest to her are not quite who they seem.
The first time I read this book, I was completely in awe of how well written and amazing it is. I just couldn’t put it down. The setting was amazing, the plot was original, and the characters were so easy to like (or dislike, in some cases). This is one of those rare books that made me feel like I was actually in the story. The story itself is full of action – this is definitely not a slow paced book (and it really keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last page, and then it makes you want more).
The story starts off with Lex, who is going into San Fransisco to deliver a flash drive to the Resistance, in order to help fight the Guardian Force. Her mother has to send her alone, and while she is frightened, she knows what she has to do, and she goes right for it. Allow me to say, while some books have female heroines that whiny and somewhat annoying, this isn’t the case with Lex. She’s strong, she knows what she has to do and she does it, and she doesn’t spend the entire book whining and complaining because she’s in love with multiple guys (this happens way too frequently in books anymore). While she does develop friendships with a few members of the Resistance (who also had some time serving under the Guardian Force, in some cases), she learns a lot about herself, her new friends, and her mother.
The Resistance fights the Guardian Force, who is still using these emotion altering drugs (such as Emovere) to control others and make them part of this government police force. The things that these guys do are actually kind of scary, and the fact that they feel absolutely no fear or anxiety (thanks to these various drugs) while doing them, makes it even worse.
When Lex meets Quin (and Quin’s adorable dog, Artos), the two develop a friendship that is tested by Quin’s past and who Lex’s mother is, but at the same time, it’s one of those friendships/more than friendships that kind of makes your heart melt. In the world of favorite character duos in books, I have to say that Lex and Quin are among my favorites.
This book is absolutely fantastic if you enjoy science fiction and dystopian reads. Like I said, I couldn’t put it down, and I finished it in less than a day. This is definitely not one to miss!
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author, Ellery Kane, in exchange for an honest review.
Ellery Kane, the author of the Legacy series, has been extremely generous and agreed to do a giveaway for an Amazon Gift Card, which you can use to get your own copy of Legacy, and the second book in the series, Prophecy! The gift card will be an e-gift card, and the winner will be notified via e-mail when the giveaway ends.