She is from the past, locked inside a world within a world. He is from the future, haunted by her death. A sensible young nobleman and his fiery sister live in an experimental medieval village. Sealed inside this biodome since infancy, Leaf and Willow have been groomed by The Code to build a sustainable world, one devoid of Outsider interference. One that believes death will give way to life. All is ideal until their father bequeaths a family secret with his dying breath, placing an invisible crown of power on Leaf's head. Now everyone in their quiet town is suspect. Risking banishment, the siblings search for clues, leading them to Fillion Nichols, an Outsider with a shocking connection to their family. Their encounter launches Fillion into battle with his turbulent past as he rushes to decode the many secrets that bind their future together--a necessity if they are all to survive. Cultures clash in an unforgettable quest for truth, unfolding a story rich in mystery, betrayal, and love. Are you ready to discover what is real? **** "A captivating YA hybrid of sci-fi and medieval fantasy, mystery, and romance, Legacy opens The Biodome Chronicles series with divergent worlds on a carefully planned collision course." -- Chanticleer Book Reviews "...This book was beautifully written. It was detailed, immersive, and had a subtlety that I cannot help but be impressed by." -- Kookie Krysp Reviews "This is a fantastic launch to what promises to be a vivid and engaging series." -- Pure Jonel Book Reviews
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The story opens with Leaf and Willow. They’ve just lost their father to what appears to be a massive heart attack. As the eldest, Leaf is now responsible for his younger sisters and at a loss as to what to do next. His father was the Earth Element, a noble in their medieval village. Leaf must determine his next steps in order to gain his father’s title and the respect of the other town elders. As new information comes to light, his father’s death becomes more of a mystery. Did someone murder him, and if they did, why?
Grieving and heartsick, Willow is oblivious to her older brother’s grief. Never being close before, she lashes out at her brother’s apathetic attitude. She wants to hurt him, but instantly feels shame when he shows his own pain to her. Together they are responsible for raising their baby sister Laurel, a responsibility neither is ready for. Willow is also nearing the age when the women in her village marry, which is expected of her. When her best friend shows that he would like to marry her, Willow recoils. This isn’t the relationship she wants with him, and she’s not sure she ever wishes to marry. At 15 (almost 16), I can understand and identify with her small acts of rebellion.
Then enters Fillion. Fillion lives on the outside of their small town. What appeared at first to be a medieval English village is actually an enclosed Biodome. Willow and Leaf aren’t from the past, but actually are the second generation born inside the dome. The two have only heard stories about technology and life outside their village from their parents and town elders. Fillion’s father happens to own the company and is managing this science experiment, proof that a colony on Mars can exist with certain conditions in place. The condition this experiment explores is how an enclosed community can function if communications are cutoff from the outside. To do this, they decide to incorporate LARP (live-action role playing). The parents of Willow and Leaf (and all the elders) are playing a game, but the game isn’t a game to the second generation. This is their life, the only one they’ve ever known.
Fillion rebels against what his father has done. They are essentially lying to the second generation, at least in his opinion. The experiment should have been terminated years ago when the Watson children (Leaf, Willow, and Laurel) were reported dead by the community. When Leaf and Willow find a link to the outside, they encounter Fillion. Shocked by the ghosts from the past, Fillion has to reexamine what he knows and find the mystery surrounding the Watsons.
Overall, I really enjoyed Legacy. I love the contrast between Leaf’s world and Fillion’s. I can’t wait to see where the author takes their story next. If you enjoy technology, sci-fi, and dystopias, I highly recommend this one.
Leaf and Oaklee live in a medieval style, self-sustaining, community within a biodome called New Eden. Cut off from the real world, they’re part of an experiment to see if people could live on Mars without technology and in isolation. Its occupants are LARPers (Live Action Role Players) living in a world where the creator of New Eden, guides their every move. When Leaf and Oaklee learn their father’s death may have been at the hands of someone in their community they’re forced to confront the fact their life may not be idyllic as they thought.
Fillion is a hacker who lives in a world obsessed with technology and dying from pollution, a stark contrast to the world inside the biodome. His father is the founder of New Eden, and he hates everything his father represents. With his world set to collide with Leaf and Oaklee’s he discovers he may not be as in control as his own life as he’d imagined.
What I loved:
The unique concept of the story is what drew me in and kept me reading. The depth of the world building really set the scene and I enjoyed learning about how it all worked.
What was just okay:
While it was beautifully written, the story was slow paced and sometimes it took a long time to get to a point where something interesting was happening.
Full of great world building, interesting characters, betrayal, romance, and mystery, this was a great start to an interesting and original series.
(Now I can't decide whether I like New Eden or the Anime Tech Movement more! :D)
Character Development: 4.5
This book is a rare gem. You know, the kind you pick up from an unknown author and are very pleasantly surprised. The concept is so unique and refreshing, the writing is clean and easy to follow, and the character development is strong. I met Jesikah at a book signing at Barnes & Noble, and she is a pleasure!
Legacy is told from multiple perspectives and one of the things I truly enjoyed was the fact that when you're reading as Willow-or Leaf-the writing is more elegant, more metaphorical. When it switches to Fillion it's much more relaxed, sarcastic, maybe even a bit more spontaneous. It gave a really great voice to these characters but also really showcased Jesikah's ability to transport you to both worlds within her story-the tech/anime outside world and the frozen-in-the-past Biodome community.
I also loved the contrast in her characters. The sarcastic and sassy hacker that is Fillion is worlds away from the beautifully emotional and grounded Willow, and yet they're both amazing characters.
The only thing I think might be a negative factor to the reader is the world building-but unfortunately most first-in-a-series novels have a lot of world building. As someone who really enjoys world building, it only further drew me into the story and I thought it was all meshed into the story well.
Definitely recommend, we need more wonderful female sci-fi authors in our libraries.