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Series: The Legacy Trilogy #1
Published by Self Publish on 2013-03-05
Length: 366 pages
Reviewing eARC from Publisher
One man obsessed with power.
One woman prepared to sacrifice everything to stop him.
One war that changed the world.
Eric Dane has segregated the wealth and resources that remain, giving a select few the highest chance of survival and leaving the rest to starve!
World War 3 lasted twelve days and almost eradicated the human species. Growing up in post nuclear America, Rebecca Davis remained blissfully ignorant of the despotic leadership that had seized what was previously the most powerful nation in the world. When the truth is revealed and Rebecca discovers that everything she has been taught is a lie, she is determined to fight for the life that she has not been allowed to live.
In order to do this, Rebecca has to cross the boundary fences and venture out of the safety of the New United States, into the barren wastelands. It is there that she finds allies she never dreamed existed.
In Rebecca, the Resistance has finally found the ultimate weapon.
“You were given this life Rebecca, because you alone are strong enough to live it.”
An action-packed, adrenalin inducing thrill ride that will have you riveted until long after you have turned the last page.
The Legacy by Melissa Delport is the first book in an exciting, new dystopian trilogy. The book begins with the haunting lines…
“World War Three began on the third day of September, the year 2016.
The war lasted twelve days. Twelve days was all it took for mankind to destroy a civilization that had taken thousands of years to evolve and to almost eradicate our own species. No victor emerged from the ashes and billions lost their lives…”
Who doesn’t want to read this book after that?! Needless to say I was hooked from the first words to the very last. It follows the story of Rebecca Davis and her attempts to overthrow the corrupt president Eric Dane.
I loved Rebecca! She is strong-willed, steadfast, and loyal to her cause. I mean really loyal! She leaves the life she’s known to become a super-soldier (a human with traits such as speed, strength, and the ability to heal), marry a dictator so she can infiltrate his government and feed information back to the Resistance. What’s not to love?! Then there’s Eric Dane, the dictator president of the New United States of America (ten states that he has sectioned off from the rest). Eric is in one word sexy. He’s brooding, self-centered, and has his own agenda. He also knows what he wants and how to get it. Rebecca even says in another life she could’ve loved him. But sadly he is evil, sadistic, and needs to die which Rebecca is trying to accomplish.
Not only is there one man in this book for Rebecca but three. Aidan is the boy that Rebecca has known her whole life, literally he was there for her birth. His father and her mother were found each other after the world went to hell and together kept their children safe. Aidan is the shy, sexy man in the book. He’s her best friend, her confidante, her soulmate, but he’s not my favorite character or who I’d pick for our Rebecca. No that would be Reed McCoy. Reed is Southern man so of course the drawl gets my vote 😆 but it’s his devotion and loyalty to Rebecca that really got me. You see Reed has a bit of a mysterious past (sorry, that’s all I can say without giving spoilers) and because of it he’s known Rebecca far longer than she’s known him. Like her he’s a super-soldier and he fights right along side her.
The plot is what you would expect from a dystopian novel. There’s lots of action, twists and turns, some tears, and yes a little romance, but what really sets The Legion apart from its predecessors is it’s world-building. The author’s vivid descriptions of what life is like for Rebecca and those living outside of the New United States is breath-taking. I felt like I was there because I was able to visualize in great detail the world that the characters were living in. And quite frankly that played havoc on my emotions. Not only that but the author does something else that most dystopian authors leave out, she describes in great detail the events that led to this dystopian world. It’s usually one of my biggest complaints with post-apocalyptic novels that authors don’t really go into the events that led to where the characters are, but Melissa Delport does and she does it with great detail. It flows with the plot well, instead of slowing it down as you may think it would it adds to it and helps you the reader empathize with the characters and their struggles. And the scary part of this whole concept is it is believable, which quite frankly put me on edge!
I read this book in just under 48 hours. I just couldn’t sit it down. Oh yes and the massive cliffhanger ending ensured that I purchased book two and read it as well! If I was to compare this book with other dystopians, I would say it is similar to The Hunger Games, but darker with a bit more violence and a little more romance. It is definitely not for the young adult crowd due to its violence, strong language and a few romantic scenes. Overall, this is one of the best books I’ve read this year and possibly ever! I highly recommend it especially if you are like me and love a good dystopian.
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