Legacy

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Legacy (Legacy #1) by Ellery A. Kane (BalboaPress, 2014, 254pp.)

In 2041, our world has been laid bare by desolation and war. Cities lay in ruins. The United States is a military state, with armed government thugs (called Guardians) patrolling every sidewalk, and government-sponsored companies like Zenigenic churning out mood-altering pills. In the middle of this there is Lex Knightley, a young woman whose mother invented the anti-fear drug, Emovere. Although her mother was once a high-ranking forensic psychiatrist at Zenigenic, Dr. Knightley has since resigned from the company  after she discovered Emovere has devastating side-effects. Now a sympathizer for an anti-government group, Dr. Knightley sends daughter Lex to make contact with the so-called Resistance. Lex ends up spending a month at their headquarters, making friends and learning more about the past connection that she shares with a mysterious, troubled youth named Quin. While at first Lex thinks she's among friends, she soon begins to realize that neither the Resistance, nor the government they fight against, is entirely trustworthy. With the help of Quin and a group of ex-Resistance fighters, Lex sets out to find the truth about what's really going on in the world.

Overall, Legacy's plot is engaging, and has a sound (if not entirely original) premise. In regards to the characters, they could all definitely have been fleshed out a bit more, but this does not retract from the story's quality too much. Recommended for Ages 15-Up.

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