by Ellery A. Kane




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.

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ISBN-13: 9781452520407
Publisher: Balboa Press
Publication date: 09/05/2014
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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Legacy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
The society that we know if gone in 2041. Drugs that alter your emotions are rampant along with those that abuse them. Alexandra “Lex” Knightley is that daughter to the woman that has created these drugs. Although eighteen and scared she is determined to connect with the group Resistance, who is trying to stop these drugs. Along the way she meets Quin McAllister, a recruit from the Guardian Force. We learn how the Guardian Force uses these drugs to make a super soldier. Can you imagine living in a world where you can take a pill and stay calm and relaxed? Of course, you are going to have those that abuse this drug, like the Guardian Force and the super soldiers they are trying to make. Lex knows this and also sees how this is destroying what is left of this world. And she should know what there drugs can do, her mother is the one that created them. Although scared, Lex is determined to stop this mess. Quin was bipolar and the love interest for Lex. I love how they had that love where there are there for each other even though they each are going through some crap. I admit that I lost my patience with Quin several times. Overall I enjoyed this story and thought it was a great start to a new dystopian story. I’m curious to see where Ellery Kane is going to go from here. I received Legacy from Ari at Candid Book Reviews for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
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 that it wasn't just insta-love, but rather a connection which grew into love. With a cast of amazing characters, twists and turns to the story, there is more than enough to keep you enthralled within the pages. Extremely well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that I could see, this was a gripping story that left me wanting more. Definitely recommended. Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
EloraMitchell More than 1 year ago
The Good: Legacy is a captivating story, a dystopian novel with few elements that are common among such novels, making it a fresh read. The plot was absolutely phenomenal and was the reason I kept reading the story (there is nothing wrong with the story—just the author’s writing style is not necessarily my taste). That being said, by the time I was halfway through the book, I was completely engrossed and didn’t even notice the style anymore. The world has changed from what we know it as—the government has developed drugs that can help inhibit the emotions of people, allowing criminals to be allowed back into the mainstream population and people to have better lives. The problem is, things aren’t necessarily what they seem. We meet Lex on her own in the ruined city of San Francisco. She knows little of what she’s trying to do, only that her mother has sent her out on a mission for a reason. As the story unfolds, we learn with her what the world is really like. She meets a few misfits along the way and together, they will try to sort through the lies, deal with betrayal, and try to figure out who they can trust. The Bad: It’s really just my personal preference….it took a bit for me to get into the story due to the author’s writing style—it just wasn’t my taste. However, the plot was so intriguing that I couldn’t put the book down. The Ugly: Teenage love. The main character is flirting with a relationship with a potentially abusive man. However, unlike most stories, she debates whether she should be with him, instead of running blindly into his arms. I received this book free from the We “heart” YA Books! Group in exchange for an honest review.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
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 influence of these experimental drugs. The Resistance is a group of people, some former Guardians, who do there best to rebuild their world while staying out of the way of the Guardians. Lex is the daughter of the woman who invented the drug that has taken over the world. She is sent to the Resistance with a flash drive she has been instructed to give to the leader; the contents unknown to her. There she meets Quin, a young man who is her guide. He's quiet, full of secrets, as a former Guardian, can he be trusted? I have to say, this is so way out of the norm of what I usually choose as reading material. But I did like the premise of the story and I enjoyed the characters. It seemed to be a little slow getting to the meat of the story, but once there it was quite engaging with a level of tension that I don't usually find in a debut book. It's dark at times, humorous at others, but the reader is always aware that it's a totally different life when people are controlled and manipulated by others. My thanks to the author and CBR Group who furnished a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Kolts18 More than 1 year ago
Set in the future, Legacy tells of a world where emotions can be controlled with a pill. I found this to be a fascinating premise. Like Lex, I always wonder "why" someone commits certain actions, especially in regards to criminals. Legacy looks at what it would be like to control someone's feelings and thoughts, thus (in theory) controlling their actions. However, as with any experiment, there are side effects and consequences. In the not to distant future, Lex's mom has created a drug that can manipulate people's emotions. But this, coupled with an economic crash, has caused turmoil and upheaval in the US. The government is veering toward totalitarianism and an uprising called The Resistance is stirring. Lex seeks to aid the Resistance in exposing the Guardian Force (government soldiers) for what they are, but she soon learns not everything is as it seems. Initially I expected more action upfront and although it ended up having a slow build to it, I like that this gave me time to get to know the characters. I got to better understand them in a way that I think continuous action would have prevented. While there is not a lot of personal growth for Lex (she is pretty cognizant and intelligent already), the secondary characters really grow and develop throughout the story. This is not to say that it's a slow read. On the contrary, I found it stimulating and entertaining with plenty of tense moments. My favorite part of the book is concept itself. How many times have you wished to not feel something, or for another emotion to never stop? Legacy takes that idea a step further and asks, how can controlling one's emotions in turn control their actions? Kane does a great job of weaving in the psychology and neuroscience behind this. It is informative and engaging, fitting well into the narration.