Monday, 6 October 2014

Review: Legacy Code (Legacy Code #1) by Autumn Kalquist

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22817560-legacy-code?from_search=trueGoodreads Synopsis:
The last humans fled a dying Earth 300 years ago, but there was something they couldn’t leave behind: The Legacy Code.

Every colonist in the fleet carries mangled genes that damage the unborn, and half of all pregnancies must be terminated. 

The day Era Corinth is supposed to find out if her baby has the Defect, her ship suffers a hull breach. And it may not have been an accident. 

As the investigation unfolds, Era begins to question everything she’s been taught about the fleet, their search for a new Earth, and the Defect. But the answers she seeks were never meant to be found...


Review:
***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

This book drew me in very quickly and it definitely held my attention even with a slower pace. It took me only a few hours in one sitting to read from front to back, I would have preferred something longer (the cliffhanger was a real killer, even with a warning that Autumn does this exceptionally well) but there’s more to come in the series and a bucket load of potential.

I’m not quite sure where it’s going to continue from because to be honest I have no idea who will have survived since the end is left so open (and I’m in denial). In particular is Era who while still being seventeen was actually quite hard to relate to at the start for being pregnant so I didn’t understand her emotions on a personal level but I did understand her situation and felt incredibly sorry for not only her, but all the mothers.

With a defect that affects one out of two unborn children, the numbers are dwindling and this raises a lot of conflict. While this was the main plot line there was also a few sub-plots joining it which worked really well, to keep interest especially for people like me who took a while to warm up to Era.

The other characters were present for such a short amount of time (and not just because of the page length…) that while I again couldn’t connect to them the relationships they had with each other were beautifully clear. The love between Era and her husband Dritan was great to read about, and while it wasn’t a huge focus there were elements here and there that warmed my heart; like how instead of saying “I love you” they squeeze the other’s hand 3 times, which in a way is more meaningful because words can lose that meaning easily.

In the end, I definitely enjoyed this book and I would recommend it so long as you’re willing to wait for a sequel after such a brutal cliffhanger!
Favourite Quotes:
“To live and die on a planet where she’d never see the stars again – to raise a child surrounded by metal walls, no view of the beauty in space, no hope for a better world ahead…”

“A real friend tells you the truth, even when you don’t want to hear it.”

“The universe didn’t care who lived and died. Soren had no say in it. People just died. They just did, and there was never a reason.”

“Everyone had lost someone. Why’d they bury it, pretend it was all okay? Until someone didn’t. Like the traitor. He hadn’t been able to live with what had been taken from him. Could she?”

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