Friday, December 12, 2014

Special Report: 'Legacy'

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Date: December 12, 2014

Special Report

Spoilers Ahead

Ellery Kane

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.

Personal Ads:
Daughter of a scientist. Kind. Caring. Determined to not be left out. Has gone father. Likes Quin. Heroine. Not good with stressful situations. Cares for the people she loves. 

Ex-Guardian Force. Happy one moment, sad the next. Has a bad past. Has convict father. Was cold hearted. Likes Lex. Willing to heal. A bit distant at first. 

This book is hard to place. I'll admit I did like some parts.
I really liked the psychological trauma part of the book was good. That might sound bad. Oops. The psychological aspect of life affects you as much as your surroundings and your genetics. Giving the Guardian Force traumatic situations they went through in the past was a good move.  I, as an aspiring psychologist, was fascinated by the drugs. I know that sounds bad. But still. The question is if people can actually make drugs to alter moods. I admit that it would be quite amazing if that was a real invention. You could make soldiers fearless. You could make surgeons prepared for surgery by making them calm. The possibilities would be endless. It would be amazing. As the book said, though, there would be people who abuse the drugs. That is envitable. All things that are good have negative downsides as well.  
I also think that the dark pasts give these characters depth. They had terrible things happen to them. There are no amazing, rich people lives. These are real situations. Real people. There might be an Elana out there. Maybe a Quin. A Max. An Eddison. A Lex. You don't know. These characters are real. They have depth that other characters don't have. 
I do think that this book showed promise. Especially when I read the blurb. Oh gosh. That blurb. It was perfect. I just wanted to dive into this book. 
I really did not like Quin. Oh gosh. I don't like him. He was annoying. He kept changing moods. He kept acting like two different people. Does he have bipolar disorder? It seemed like he had a slightly mild case. One moment, he was happy and carefree. Another moment later...solemn. Dreary. I don't understand. I guess you could say that it was his father... 
And the romance? Admittedly, there is promise for that couple. Quin needed Lex. Lex needed Quin. If they hasn't been clingy, I would have liked it. Maybe. Barely. They didn't seem like a good couple. They kept kissing and playing cat-and-mouse. Quin was hot-and-cold. I think Lex put too much of her heart into the relationship. Quin didn't give enough. He seemed to only put his body into it, not his soul or heart. 
I also dislike the ending. It seems rushed. Like the plot just ends right there. We had action piled on. Lex's mother. Her father. Quin's father. We get things happening. Fast. Quick. It was too rushed. It was hard to keep up. As I read the last few chapters, I kept groaning. It could have ended sooner. Not all the fluff in the epilogue. We don't need to know they love each other. We get that. The story should have ended sooner. It went on for too long. 

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