I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Legion by Brandon Sanderson
Series: Legion #1
Published by Gollancz on July 16, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Novella, Science Fiction, Short Stories
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Brandon Sanderson is one of the most significant fantasists to enter the field in a good many years. His ambitious, multi-volume epics and his stellar continuation of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series have earned both critical acclaim and a substantial popular following. In Legion, a distinctly contemporary novella filled with suspense, humor, and an endless flow of invention, Sanderson reveals a startling new facet of his singular narrative talent. Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion', is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialised skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society. The action ranges from the familiar environs of America to the ancient, divided city of Jerusalem. Along the way, Sanderson touches on a formidable assortment of complex questions: the nature of time, the mysteries of the human mind, the potential uses of technology, and the volatile connection between politics and faith. Resonant, intelligent, and thoroughly absorbing, Legion is a provocative entertainment from a writer of great originality and seemingly limitless gifts.
Legion began with a cracking opener it is hard not to get hooked. And with an amusing concept it was impossible to stop reading. This was a crazy adventure that I was happy to be a part of.
Add to that the fact that most of the characters are hallucinations, which seems like an idea that isn’t going to work. But I needed constant reminders to shake the impression of reality as each hallucination had distinct and clear personalities. And it is these hallucinations that are essential to the plot. Because without them the knowledge required to solve the mystery would not be there.
This is such a great short story. There is so much packed into it, it is impossible to believe that it isn’t longer. I wanted more and am now happily diving into the second book of the series.
Legion is a book you should definitely go read.