Review: Legacy by Ellery A. Kane

Goodreads 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.

4.5 stars

I received this book in exchange for an honest review

“The first time that I killed someone, it wasn’t at all like I had imagined. It was a quick and as effortless as snipping a string. I squeezed the trigger, and the man fell back.”

This story had me hooked from the first few pages. YA + dystopian + love story + action = my favorite formula. And this book had it all! The story is told from Alexandra “Lex” Knightley’s POV. She is an eighteen year old girl living in dystopian San Francisco with her mother, who created emotion altering drugs that led to utter destruction and chaos. Lex leaves the safety of her mother to go find the Resistance, a group of people who are working to change things. Lex proves to be a survivor and all around tough chick, so I was very pleased with the way her character was written. Once inside the Resistance, Lex gets close to a guy named Quin. Quin is the typical troubled boy with plenty of secrets. And even though I say ‘typical’, I never get tired of this type of personality! Quin did not disappoint, and I found myself falling for him just as quickly as Lex. Qiun’s friends, Elana and Max, were also well written characters with plenty of depth. I found it very hard to believe that this was a debut novel! I was impressed with the writing style, original idea, and attention to detail. Some people might not like how this book is formatted with VERY short chapters, but I honestly didn’t even care because I was so engrossed in the story.

The story takes a turn when the group leaves the Resistance and goes back the Lex’s mother. At this point, I had no hope of putting the book down. Once Lex reunites with her mother, we learn a lot more about the world and also back stories of the characters. I had many problems with Lex’s mom but came to love her by the end. Quin and Lex went through some issues that I thought were very realistic and was glad their relationship played out the way it did.

I don’t want to give away anything, so I will just say that the ending gets CRAZY!!!

This book has everything that I love about the YA dystopian genre. If you are also obsessed with this genre, I suggest that you READ THIS BOOK!!!


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