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(The Biodome Chronicles #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  276 ratings  ·  130 reviews
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 wil
Paperback, 499 pages
Published January 20th 2014 by Forest Tales Publishing (first published January 19th 2014)
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
Legacy is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. I mean it. Initially I just got it because I thought the cover looks really cool. I have a thing for emo/goth boys, and having read, and loved, Kelly Creagh’s Nevermore, I was longing for a dark and tortured hero falling for a pure and sweet girl kind of story. Judge me all you want. Lucky for me, Legacy ended up being waaay more than that.

First of all, it’s not a romance novel. Yes, a romance element is present. Yes, it has love (or lust? s
DNF at 20 percent. Slow plot, over the top writing and annoying teen characters.

I just could not connect with the story in any meaningful way - it started off on a wrong note with the funeral of the MC's father and yeah, I totally love reading about grief and funeral rites. The writing was very.. special. I guess the author tried to emphasize the contrast between the two worlds by using two different styles of writing but I just found it annoying and it slowed down my reading considerably. In fa
I am blown away not only by Jesikah's beautifully poetic and effective writing style, but also by her amazing ability to draw you in and make you fall in love with characters as they grow and journey through the plot.

It is filled with nobility and mystery and honor in the story that leave you longing for more, as well as an intimate, emotional, and genuine relationship with each and every character, independent to each individual character, which is crucial for readers wishing for a deeper conne
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This dazzling debut is simply sensational and utterly breathtaking!

Highly original and exquisitely multi-layered are just two elements of this scintillating story that makes it stand out from anything else I have read of YA/ Fantasy genre. I was literally blown-away by the breathtaking scope of the extraordinary world building; its epic vastness and rich detail & background info. The Biodome Chronicles is a remarkable, creative imaginative masterwork containing such inspired ideas and singulari
Jessica Jett
This book was given to me in ebook format free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review, and may contain spoilers.

This book starts off a bit slowly, but begins to pick up nicely a few pages in.

We begin in the town of New Eden Township, where young nobleman Leaf, is preparing his father's body for the funeral pyre. Leaf's father dies unexpectedly, but before he does he imparts a family secret to Leaf. As the oldest son, Leaf cleans and clothes his father in his favorite garments.
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Legacy is lyrically written and poetically descriptive. The quotes and side notes that precluded the chapters are thought provoking and add depth to the book, don't skip over them! It is a social experiment that is wrapped in a beautiful story with characters that are both flawed and endearing. I don't want to scare off the younger reader, but I feel strongly that this book would be perfect as required reading in the school system. It opens the door to discussions on the cultural ramifications o ...more
belle ✨
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3.5/5 STARS

This book has one of the most unique plots I've ever read: medieval biodomes and LARP-turned-reality, experiments gone wrong, and a new age of technology. It takes so many "what ifs" and turns them into this deeply layered plot that blends the medieval age with the hyper-modern. I really liked the world building, especially r
J. Ross
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love the idea of dressing up and pretending to live the middle ages? Hate you can only do it for the weekend? If so, this book will enchant you!

The story opens in New Eden Township with a death. Leaf Watson must perform final rites for his father’s body and deal with the aftermath. Unfortunately, this coincides closely with the ending of the New Eden project - an experiment that placed people inside a biodome in the roles of medieval actors.

An idyllic paradise, New Eden Township is not truly wha
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me begin by saying that I love the cover! It is such a nice contrast to most covers out in the market right now and so full of little details.

I was given this book as a gift by the author for an honest review. I was not disappointed.

Just like the cover, the contrast between the two worlds the author has created are filled with such intensity and emotion. Leaf and Willow are siblings living in a "mock" reality for future life in Mars. However, there is more to meet the eye. A whole new way
Aviva Porter
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received this book for free in exchange for a 100% honest review*

This book starts out extremely strong.leaf and Willows father dies unexpectedly, and with his dying breath he bequeathes a family secret.

This book was well written, with vocabulary and a use of words that caused me to have to repeatedly crack open a dictionary. While Jesikah Sundin has almost beautifully incorporated an advanced vocabulary, at times it is a bit overwhelming.

The cover is breathtaking, and I noticed as soon as I r
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy, dnf
*A copy of this book was received free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
**Note: The only reason why I'm rating Legacy less than four stars is because it contained a trigger for me. This is partly the reason why I DNF'ed at 21%, however it should not deter you from reading the book.

Legacy was surprisingly good. I had my reservations, when I saw that Willow and Fillion were on the cover and not Leaf -- it was pretty obvious that they were going to end up together and I just kind of
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved, loved, loved this book! I will admit, I was initially drawn to it due to its cover. It is a very eye-catching cover, but I fell in love with the story and characters as well. I look forward to the next book in the series, Elements, which I will probably start next. Though it has a bit of a slow start, I definitely rate this book a solid 4.75. Would I recommend it? Probably not, that way I can keep it all to myself! I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future.
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the Making Connections group and the author, in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for the chance to read it!

In a book market somewhat saturated with Dystopian books and futuristic time-frames, it is rare to find a world so well thought out and planned as the one in Legacy. Everything from technology to social trends mingles in this novel in a remarkably believable setting. Detailed almost to a fault, the world Jesikah Sundin created comes
I received this book for free in exchange for a 100% honest review.

When I finished this book, I was already hands open waiting for the second one. Legacy poses vocabulary, presence, and a strong linger in the memory.

This a lyrically sounding, poetically narrative and ornamental descriptive book, with a detailed and exquisite believable well-built world.

And while I love the use of a complex vocabulary, this may be a bit heavy for some people who are more fond of lighthearted narrative and simpl
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I Received a free e-copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review, this his in no way affected my opinion of this book*

This book was very enjoyable, I feel lists would be a nice way to make my point.

What I liked:
1. The details are revealed in a way that the story can be detail-rich but not overwhelming. I believe It takes talent to do this.

2. The vocabulary is high level. I love that this book it targeted to young adults and the author has faith in young adult comprehension. I feel
Candi Sary
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jesikah Sundin has created an imaginative, fascinating world in her novel Legacy. A medieval culture living in a biodome set in a futuristic era—it’s a fabulous idea and Sundin brings it to life brilliantly. The characters are wonderfully drawn. Leaf and Willow live simple, peaceful lives in a biodome with their sustainable community until their father’s death inspires contact with the outside world. That’s the world Fillion lives in. It’s the 2050s and Fillion is a punk hacker—a rebel in his co ...more
Selah Tay-Song
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jesikah Sundin is pioneering a whole new genre: near-future medieval fantasy with a cyberpunk twist. Sundin realizes a rich and dreamy medieval world within a biosphere, sharply contrasted with a gritty cyber underground without. Her characters have depth and charisma, and I was rooting for them to succeed the whole way. Not only was the world-building detailed and believable, but Sundin also makes some interesting commentary/ predictions about where the current state of affairs will take Americ ...more
Artis Fricbergs
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Legacy is a character driven visual feast. Jesikah's detailed writing style emulates descriptive ornamental idioms befitting medieval nobility and the days of King Arthur, juxtaposed with cyberpunk, "Blade Runneresque", dystopian and science fiction themes. The brave blend of these motifs had the potential of having an oil and water clunkiness to them, but Jesikah pulled it off brilliantly. Legacy becomes an intense examination of relationships, family, love, loss ...more
Jodi Woody
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of Legacy by the author, through Story Cartel, in exchange for an honest review. This was a great fantasy. I am very sad that I have to now wait for the other books to be written! This story sucks you in right away. Two worlds, one future America, the other a mediaeval bio dome, where the second generation occupants have never witnessed modern technology. The main characters are well rounded, the sarcastic cyperpunk, the old school big brother and his sister that live in the b ...more
4.5 stars. I read this book a while ago when I first bought it for my 13 year old goddaughter. She loves to read and is very into the Renaissance and all things medieval. I knew it was a young adult novel and wanted to read it and make sure it was appropriate for her age. It was. I found it to be unique in the mixture of high technology of the future and the chivalry of medieval times. Willow, Leaf and Fillion are worlds apart in knowledge, temperament and life's lessons, yet the three are set o ...more
Mike Hartner
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
This book opens with the scene of a father's death. And since mine passed in the spring, it was a brutal scene to get through. That said, this is a sic-fi book for the ages, and it is a book that any LARPer should enjoy.
Leaf and Willow are two individuals that you will become emotionally attached to.. as is is Fillion. And Willow's growth during this book makes you cheer for her.

I highly recommend this book. And look forward to Book Two.
May 15, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angela by: Anzu The Great Destroyer
Shelves: kindle, sci-fi
3 August 2015: $0.99 on Kindle

3 October 2014: $1.99 on Kindle
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I completely love this book , Its well written too ..... I can't wait till the second book to come out
♥♡¢σσкιє♥♡ (Krystle)
You can read this review and more on my blog:

I received this book from the author via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Let me start of by saying that this book was beautifully written. It was detailed, immersive, and had a subtlety that I cannot help but be impressed by. This author clearly took her time while weaving this story and the result was nothing short of lovely. I didn't fall in LOVE with the main characters, but they each had their moments to shine
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
The basic premise of this story pulled me right in. Take some Medieval LARPers and stick them in a biodome for decades and monitor how their society evolves. Now it’s 2 generations later and the grandchildren of those original LARPers are coming into their own. Willow and Leaf Watson just put their father, Joel, to rest in a grave and they have many questions about where their lives will go from here. Being the two oldest members of one of the reigning houses, they know they hold some power but ...more
Arin Barry
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
So I absolutely ADORE this book, the plot and characters are amazing and I can’t wait to buy book 2.

I recently reread the book as an audiobook, but I was so disappointed... the narrator just doesn’t do the story justice and I struggledto get through it. So definitely pick up a physical copy or an ebook, but maybe skip the audiobook for now.
Books of Cat
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4/5
This book was given to me by the author Jesikah Sundin for an honest review. This review is not affected by anything, it containts my true feelings.
New Eden, a new generation of people created after an explosion. They are an experimental colony for Mars. An earth based civilization reproducing the future of interplanetary habitation.
In the year of 2045, the crown Prince and the Son of Earth, Leaf Watson, has to rule his kingdom after his father’s tragic death. To accomplish this impor
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Chay by: Jesikah Sundin
The feelings inside me are very hard to describe.The book was just awesome, fantastic, STUPENDOUS. I loved it. Let me describe this book in pieces because if not i will be saying it in one word. The plot sounded really good and the rating is pretty high so, i thought i might try it out. I wasn't enthusiastic with Fillion at first(The boy on the cover) let's just put that straight so, when i received the cover i thought it was really pretty but, the boy was... scary? I mean when you look close
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book offers vicarious journey to the readers, it makes me feel for the characters and care for what happens to them. I love the characters and the interaction between them is a win. The foreshadowing and tension are strong and never leave the scenes. The ending is satisfactory and suitable for opening the trilogy (there is a clear sense of a mission / what they want to do next at the end of the book).

Random notes:
- The culture of future generation is a fun and enjoyable read. I love the IT
Aug 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-english
Nothing happens. The author spends so much time building an alternative world that she forgot to make anything happen in it. Show, don't tell. The main characters barely react to potential plot points; they stand around and watch their surroundings. And all of them suffer from a constant sense of life-isn't-fair. Incessant pubescent sulking and whining. Add to that completely unnatural dialogue and ornate nomenclature and you get a black hole draining all life from the novel. Dropped out at 35%.
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Jesikah Sundin is a multi-award winning, bestselling sci-fi/fantasy writer mom of three nerdlets and devoted wife to a gamer geek. In addition to her family, she shares her home in Monroe, Washington with a red-footed tortoise and a collection of seatbelt purses. She is addicted to coffee, laughing, and Dr. Martens shoes... Oh! And the forest is her happy place.


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