A sensible young nobleman, Leaf Watson, and his sister, Willow Oak, live a rustic medieval life rich in traditions and chivalry. Sealed inside an experimental biodome since infancy, they have been groomed by The Code to build a sustainable community devoid of Outsider interference.
They are unwitting pioneers on a path toward confined interplanetary homesteading.
Life within their walled garden is predictable and peaceful until the unthinkable happens. With his dying breath, Leaf and Willow’s noble father bequeaths a family secret, placing an invisible crown of power on Leaf’s head. Grief-stricken and afraid for their lives, the siblings defy their upbringing by connecting with Fillion Nichols, a punk hacker who, unbeknownst to them, is linked to their lives in shocking ways. Their encounter launches Fillion into a battle with his turbulent past as he urgently decodes the many secrets that bind them together, a necessity for each to survive.
Youth cultures clash when the high technology of the Anime Tech Movement collides with the Middle Ages in a quest for truth, unfolding a story rich in mystery, betrayal and love.
This book started out with a very medieval/historical fantasy feel to it and then, once you meet Fillion Nichols, it switches to a clearly gamer/dystopian feel. Leaf and his sister, Willow (Oaklee) are so proper, like royalty. And then you switch to Fillion and his world is more reminiscent of our own . . . actually, very eerily similar. His world is one of instant gratification, technology that does everything for you, and where drugs, games and virtual reality have replaced real human interaction and socializing. I guess that’s what fascinates us about dystopians . . . how easily they could be real. I just wasn’t sure how the two worlds were going to fit in the same story. But they do. Really well.
The first half of this book seemed to take forever for me to read because there is so much to absorb. The world-building was amazing. I could envision what Fillion’s world looked like, and even the world inside the biodome. And then, as soon as I hit the halfway point, I couldn’t seem to turn the pages fast enough. If the first half was the uphill part of the roller coaster ride, the second half of the book is definitely the thrilling rush back down to the ground. I loved all the twists and turns in this book. You think you have everything figured out and then, bam! you’re thrown yet another curveball!
There are two characters I have mixed feelings about. First, there’s Fillion. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about him. In the beginning, I really didn’t like him. He was just this angry hacker who hates his life and he was not a positive character at all. And the way he interacts with Leaf and Oaklee just wasn’t to my liking. But . . . I’m not really sure now. He has changed as a character and, with a third of the story being in his perspective, you kind-of get to know him better and he might not be all that bad.
And then there’s Coal. I wasn’t fond of him in the beginning, either. Too pushy. He’s constantly trying to get Oaklee to marry him and it’s just very off-putting. I completely took Oaklee’s side as far as he was concerned. And then, the last maybe 15% of the book, everything flips. Maybe not such a bad character after all. I am definitely interested to see what happens with his character in the second book. I have my theories.
One of the things I really enjoyed was all the extra add-ons at the end of the book. There are translations (because the characters speak in French and Japanese – I think – quite a bit), definitions of the hacker terms and anime references. And then there’s this little jewel if you keep flipping the pages. A music playlist for the book! Very intriguing to see what type of songs the author thought would best fit her book (not to mention, I absolutely love Lindsey Stirling and The Piano Guys so I was thrilled to see them on the list!)
“Elements” by Lindsey Stirling
“Map of the Problematique” by Muse
“The Race” by 30 Seconds to Mars
“Numb” by Linkin Park
“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day
“Crystallize by Lindsey Stirling
“Comfort Zone” by General Fuzz
“Fortune Days” by The Glitch Mob
“Breakdown” by Seether
“Moonlight” by The Piano Guys
“Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day
“Lying From You” by Linkin Park
“Madness” by Muse
Start the Biodome Chronicles today – head over to Amazon and pick up your copy of Legacy! It’s such an exciting ride – you won’t be disappointed! “Let the revolution begin.”