Reaper's Legacy (Toxic City Series #2)

Reaper's Legacy (Toxic City Series #2)

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by Tim Lebbon

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Heroes and monsters clash with government forces in an apocalyptic London. Two years after London is struck by a devastating terrorist attack, it is cut off from the world, protected by a large force of soldiers (known as Choppers), while those in the rest of Britain believe that their ex-capital is now a toxic, uninhabited wasteland. Jack and his friends know that

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Heroes and monsters clash with government forces in an apocalyptic London. Two years after London is struck by a devastating terrorist attack, it is cut off from the world, protected by a large force of soldiers (known as Choppers), while those in the rest of Britain believe that their ex-capital is now a toxic, uninhabited wasteland. Jack and his friends know that the truth is very different. The handful of survivors in London are developing strange, fantastic powers. Evolving.

Meanwhile, the Choppers treat the ruined city as their own experimental playground. Jack's own developing powers are startling and frightening, though he is determined to save his father, the brutal man with a horrific power who calls himself Reaper. Jack must also find their friend Lucy-Anne, who went north to find her brother. What Lucy-Anne discovers is terrifying—people evolving into monstrous things and the knowledge that a nuclear bomb has been set to destroy what's left of London. And the clock is ticking.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Toxic City Series:

"This is the first title in what promises to be a gripping series depicting a near-future England in the throes of a postapocalyptic disaster. Lebbon tells a grim tale, made a bit lighter by the well-developed friendship among the teens and the devoted relationship between Jack and his sister."
-School Library Journal

"An inventive read that will entice readers of all ages."
-Monsters and Critics

"Fans of The Hunger Games should enjoy this book as well…"

"Readers really come to inhabit Lebbon's destroyed, scary world. A great read."
-RT Book Reviews, Four stars (Compelling - Page-turner)

"A straightforward adventure narrative, moving from the relative safety of suburban life to the dangerous streets of London, with plenty of gunfights, showdowns, and daring escapes to keep readers turning the pages."

"If you've got a YA reader who is looking for a good action adventure with a solid dose of mystery and mutations, they're sure to enjoy London Eye." "Geek Dad" 

"A fascinating story....[Lebbon] creates a stellar cast of characters…complex and relatable throughout the book. The plot unfolds at a nice pace and keeps the reader engaged throughout the whole story. This is a great new series for fans of fantasy."
-Portland Book Review

Kirkus Reviews
Now that Nomad the supermutant has left a seed of power in Jack, will his growing superpowers be enough to save his family and what's left of post-apocalyptic London? In a London devastated by the release of Evolve, a chemical that killed most of the population but gave amazing powers to the survivors, Jack, Jenna and Sparky try to find Jack's father, the deadly mutant Reaper, in order to enlist his help in rescuing the rest of Jack's family from the clutches of Miller and his Choppers. Meanwhile, Jack's friend Lucy-Anne searches for her lost brother by trekking through the dangerous streets of the city with Rook, a troubled boy who can control flocks of birds. Jack unites the Irregulars (survivors with weaker powers) with the Superiors (his father's powerful minions) in an assault on Camp H, the holding facility where mutants are dissected when captured by Miller. Will they succeed? And will all be destroyed if Lucy-Anne and Nomad meet? They've both dreamed destruction. As with the first in his post-apocalyptic, near-future series, Lebbon wastes some intriguing worldbuilding on superficial characters who have a near-total lack of discernible motivation. What could have been brainless fun is further hobbled by amorphous "powers" and logic-defying plot devices (the government's fail-safe is a nuclear bomb under London? That's going to save the country from the mutants?). For fans who can't be persuaded to read something better. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 12-14)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This installation in Lebbon's dark series about post-apocalyptic London picks up where London Eye (PYR, 2012) left off. Jack, Lucy-Anne, Sparky, Jenna, and Emily-the group of teens who entered the walled-off, damaged city in order to find out the truth about what's happening-are still trapped inside. In order to find her long-lost brother, Lucy-Anne has joined forces with a mesmerizing boy who has the power to communicate with birds. Jack's sister, Emily, and his newly rescued mother have been captured by the evil Choppers who plan to conduct experiments on them. Jack is determined to find his father, who has become the powerful and destructive leader of the Superiors, and enlist his help. In this volume, readers begin to get a clearer picture of what is happening inside the city. Nomad, an ethereal, semi-human woman, was responsible for releasing the Evolve virus two years earlier. Irregulars and Superiors are city inhabitants who have been mutated by it; the level of their exposure determines the extent of their powers, either for good or evil. It becomes clear that Jack has the potential to heal the city and unite the warring factions. However, his effectiveness seems questionable when inhabitants learn that it is only a matter of time before London is destroyed for good. This is a compelling story for those who can stomach a grim future in which one's worst nightmares come to life and only a few brave teenagers have the courage to try and make a difference.—Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY

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Prometheus Books
Publication date:
Toxic City Series, #2
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Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Reaper's Legacy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Tim Lebbon set the stage for Lucy-Anne and Jack's frighteningly supernatural version of London in London Eye. He drew us in with a chilling premise and excellent execution of a city come undone. Fans of the Toxic City series will revel with its latest installment, Reaper's Legacy! Reaper's Legacy is a grand extension of the first novel. The plot presents so many changes in the characters and the city itself. Lucy-Anne is following the enigmatic Rook to the North in search of her last familial connection. Rook, a mysterious character who also has a story of deep loss, fits in perfectly. I'm actually quite excited about Lebbon expanding his character because he adds a dark intensity to an already attractive set of characters. On the other side of London, Jack faces his own moving challenges along with Sparky and Jenna. The effect of Jack having been touched by Nomad begins to reveal that he's physically changing. Jack is coming into his own supernatural power, more than one it seems. While the Irregulars are dying from a suspicious sickness, Jack is bent on reaching out to his Superior father, Reaper, to implore that he join forces with Irregulars. The main goal is to save his mother and sister while bringing peace to the toxic city. Lebbon has truly outdone himself. The pacing, tone, and style of the novel is consistent, but the plot will truly captivate readers. Lucy-Anne's prophetic dreams are brought into greater focus while Lebbon begins setting up a very explosive future for the series. While Lucy-Anne's side of the story is left clouded in obscurity, readers will end the story with something to ponder over until the third book in the series, Contagion. The fate of Lebbon's destroyed London is going to be even worse, but there's no predicting the events to come. Reaper's Legacy proves itself to be just as ingenious and intense as London Eye, perhaps even more so! No doubt, every reader who picks up this series will be gripped by it's adventure and dark mystery. *ARC provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review*