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(Legacy #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  352 ratings  ·  123 reviews
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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
Paperback, 258 pages
Published September 5th 2014 by Balboa Press
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Rae King
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Elle Rose
*Book provided by author for an honest review*

I really wanted to like this book. I love the dystopian genre, and tied together a lot of elements from popular dystopian books that I love: a cool setting, interesting background, advanced technologies, a repressive government, mind-altering drugs, and romance. Maybe it's just me, the time, whatever, but I couldn't enjoy this as much as other people did from the reviews I've read. While there were some parts I did enjoy, overall, I felt like there
Katerina Turner
Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
This story had me intrigued from the first couple of chapters and the synopsis. The story is told from Alexandra Knightley’s POV. An eighteen year old girl living in the suburbs of San Francisco with her mother, who created emotion altering drugs that led to utter destruction and chaos. The story revolves around Lex leaving the safety of her mother to go find the Resistance, a group of people who are working to change things and stand up to the corrupt government. Sounds cool right?

I tried to l
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*

This book sounded so good just from the description (we could control our emotions?! Heck yeah sign me up!) and sometimes I'm let down by that. This wasn't one of those times. This book was fantastic, the characters seemed tangible and the plot was really flushed out well.

This story follows the young Alexandra nicknamed Lex, it's set in the future; 2041. The society we know is long gone, replaced by pharmaceutical companies who produce drug
Bonnie Luttkus
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While there were several sections that I felt were rushed or not well developed, overall I really enjoyed this book. It was a light read for a dystopian, but enough details that it held my attention and made me want to finish the series.
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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Date: December 12, 2014

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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 p
May 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was captivated by a description of this book – San Francisco, evacuated and desolate after the use of an emotion-altering drug takes over the populous and government? Awesome. Super soldiers are happening and a Resistance is forming? Awesome.

And, I have to say, the plot wasn’t terrible. It had echoes of “Revolution” (NBC) and Divergent, so there was that.

However, I had a major problem with a couple of key aspects of the writing.

Shelby Young (The Haunted Rose)
Cover Thoughts-
It's a bit plain for my tastes, but I enjoy the background that everyone recognizes as the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. I love how the color gives off the desolation feel that one would expect from most dystopias.
First Thought-
First off, dystopia is my favorite genre. Furthermore, I am very critical of it. I am also in the processes of getting a degree in forensic science. So, when I see that this YA novel has a forensic psychiatrist in it, I am immediately interested.

Kim | mybookishheartbeats
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book in a GoodReads Giveaway.

I truly enjoyed this book. Although it was short, it didn't lack anything. The book was easy and quick read. Once I actually was reading it only took me all of two days. The prologue took me by surprise. The contrast in those two paragraphs was remarkable, and made it that much more interesting. I was laughing my head off because of how shocked I was. Now as the story goes on, there was insta-love, but I don't believe it was badly written like some ot
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this novel through Goodreads First-Reads.

This novel was incredibly amazing. I want to compare it to another novel but it would be an insult to this book because it was unique. The premise of the novel is very interesting. It is 2041 and there are pills that are available to alter moods. Lex is the main character and her mother plays a large roll in the after math of the abuse of the pills.

I didn't immediately fall in love with these characters and I believe that is what makes them s
Mar 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-english
The "being able to control emotions" was what made me pick up this book. Unfortunately, this aspect was only mentioned briefly.

This book is a pretty stereotypic dystopian. Instalove. A protagonist who seems to be able to just sense everybody else's feelings and gets along so well with everyone they tell her their secrets instantly.

I did like the focus on the mental issues of the characters, even though only Quin's were the only one actually discussed.

However, this book focused too​ much on the
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, superb. Scary in its own way. Couldn’t put it down. Hopefully the future isn’t really going to be like that. The characters are also perfect for the story.
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Despite undeniable parallels to other YA novels, Legacy drew me in right from the start. There are quite some components that made the book enjoyable:

1) the style of writing
Legacy is a debut novel but it doesn't show. The author simply knows how to handle words and how to keep people hooked. Legacy is obviously a book for young adults but the main character being a young girl could have told you as much. The style of writing certainly didn't overdo it.

2) the world building
Some dystopian worlds
Simona Žuškovičová
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book has everything
It has drama, action, romance, great characters, graduation of the story, some bad people, a lot of good people, evil government, family issues, tragedies...everything.

As I got this book I knew it was going to be great but I have never expected it to be THIS GREAT.
At the start of the book we meet a young girl-Lex and her mother-Dc. Victoria Knightley. Lex is going back to San Francisco. The city is closed, people are no longer allowed to go there, because it´s too danger
T.H. Hernandez
Legacy has all the elements of a good young adult dystopian -- a believable premise, an oppressive government, a heart wrenching romance, and lots of action. When sixteen-year-old Lex is sent by her mother into the city of San Francisco to infiltrate the Resistance, she's not even sure she'll survive. After she's forced to kill a member of the Guardian Force, she becomes someone she never wanted to be. Distrustful of everyone and everything, she finds herself reluctantly attracted to Resistance ...more
Victoria (thepetitebookblogger)

That’s all that I can say right now because this book is absolutely amazing!! Its so hard for me to put into words how much I really love this book because I don’t even know where to even begin. What makes Legacy a standout, in my opinion, in the dystopian genre is that the protagonist Lex is helping her mother expose the dangers of her own invention Emovere, an emotion-altering drug that suppress fear and anxiety. I like the premise of the book where it really explores how people can cross
Rachel Marie
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
*Book provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

Legacy is a Young Adult Dystopian Novel.
Before I start the review, I would like to point out that I usually don't read books that aren't popular. Not because I don't want to, but because I have a hard time finding them. Legacy has motivated me to more actively seek out Up and Coming authors.

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much, I thought I would just read it, review it, and be done. BUT I NEED THE NEXT BOOK!!

Legacy was really well writ
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookshelf
Original review found at:

I'm a book judger. I always have been and I can't help it. Don't hurt me.

When Ms. Kane emailed me asking me to do a review, I went to goodreads to check out the rating/plot. It definitely seemed like something I would enjoy, but that cover had me judging. I guess I have a "thing" for ornate covers. I'm also pretty critical of YA dystopian fiction - I guess because there is just SO much of it and a lot that I have read hasn't been that
Rhea Loire
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given this book by the author in trade for an honest review

I have not read to many dystopian novels so I am still interested in the genre. This was not exactly what I was expecting, The first page of the book really got to me, the first kiss description and then the first kill... They where both so interesting, similar and very different at the same time.

There have been some books recently where I really didn't get any information about the charters it was just all action, that was not the
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I generally don’t read dysthopian literature, but I was hooked on this book from the beginning. I enjoyed a well paced action and the author’s style of writing. It seemed effortless while flowing well and sprinkled with great symbolism. The chapters were short and I wanted to know more, so it was difficult to put this book down. I cannot wait for the second, third, fourth, etc. part. Please write more…

I found that the characters were quite complex and versatile, although I would love to see a gr
Inah (Fueled By Chapters)
I'm very much amazed with how this novel started. I got hooked from the prologue. It got me very much excited because I haven't read any book that got me going from the first page in a while now. The story wowed me during the start but somehow it kinda fell back and the excitement I was feeling towards the book dissipated.

I liked the protags. Lex was very strong-willed but I found her a bit stubborn somewhere towards the end of the book but I can't blame her. Teenagers are stubborn. Quin was ki
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a giveaway. What a fantastic introduction to this new author. This was a wonderful debut novel. Legacy is a dystopian novel set in the year 2041. Order is being maintained by a government group called the Guardian Force. This group is using a drug called Emovere to suppress the fear in the soldiers who enforce the laws. Lex is a member of the Resistance, a group who is committed to uncovering the dangers and the unethical use of Emovere. Lex's mother unintentiona ...more
Kelly Gunderman
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book is unbelievable.

I feel like I should start the review with that. Also, I'm at a loss for words for this book. Nothing that I say can wrap up the perfection that is this book.

The plot? Amazing. Original. Something I'll be talking about for years.
The characters? I connected to them instantly. I felt like I was in the book, and they were MY friends, too.
The setting? Breathtaking. I seriously felt like I was
Linda Strong
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015

Ellery's debut novel, Legacy, has received several awards, including winning the Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, young adult, e-book category.

Set in the future, Legacy presents us a world that we've only imagined in our dreams. People and emotions are controlled with pills; feelings and thoughts controlled by others. This started out as an experiment, but there are side effects to live with.

Based in San Fransisco, the Guardians are the rulers and they rule while under the i
Feb 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
A typical dystopian YA with nothing new in it. Society is destroyed... but leave it to a bunch of teenagers to restore it. And when I say there's nothing new in the story I am being generous.

There must be a template for writing this genre because otherwise it couldn't be more predictable.

I managed to read half of the book because I got it for free from Netgalley; but I had to DNF it. I don't have patience for generic, cliched stories.

As soon as Lex meets Quin she is like "well, I shouldn't car
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Received via NetGalley for an honest review.

I love dystopian. I think I've read them all, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I always enjoy finding one that's unique, or TRYING to find one that's unique, because it's a challenge, both for a reader to find that and an author to write it.

I loved the mother-daughter theme in this. It made me think of Red Hill by Jamie McGuire (again, another mother-daughter dystopian, much different plot and POV) in some ways, that there was a desire to get BACK to t
Erin  Cosgrove
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
(Provided by author for honest review.)

The engaging premise alone drew me to Legacy. immediately after reading the synopsis, I knew I had to read it. And I'm glad I did. the year is 2041 in the San Francisco area. Lex Knightley is a young woman who resides in a dystopian world. Sent on a dangerous quest by her mother, she ends up with more than she bargained for.

Those who appear trustworthy are the opposite, and contrariwise, those who appear untrustworthy prove to be great allies. Immersed in
C.C. Faye
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it

This book is very lovely. Though specifically since I'm more on Young Adult type kind of girl, I would give it a thumbs up, generally speaking, this is more on middle grade structure.

The first chapter hook me. I love that suspense and the slow details that come in during the main character.
At first, since I did not read the summary of the book, I did not totally put all my mind into the details, because the book is silently making me understand the story without difficulty.

The thing that
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
This is the first book in the Legacy series, although the story wraps up nicely so can be read as a standalone. Personally, I want more!

Legacy is a gripping story, based in San Francisco in the future, our main female is Lex (Alexandra) who is searching for the resistance as her mother has given her something to give to them. She is found by Artos (and Quinn) who take her back to the headquarters. There is a slow-build romance between Quinn and Lex, although there is still work to do. I loved t
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