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Legacy (The Biodome Chronicles series Book 1)
by Jesikah Sundin




Summary

A sensible young nobleman and his sister live in an experimental medieval village. Sealed inside this biodome since infancy, Leaf and Willow have been groomed by The Code to build a sustainable world, one devoid of Outsider interference. One that believes death will give way to life.

All is ideal until their father bequeaths a family secret with his dying breath, placing an invisible crown of power on Leaf's head. Now everyone in their quiet town is suspect. Risking banishment, the siblings search for clues, leading them to Fillion Nichols, an Outsider with a shocking connection to their family. Their encounter launches Fillion into battle with his turbulent past as he rushes to decode the many secrets that bind their future together--a necessity if they are all to survive.

Cultures clash in an unforgettable quest for truth, unfolding a story rich in mystery, betrayal, and love.


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I give this book 10 out of 10 acorns! I seriously LOVE so much about this book! Let me count the ways...

(1) The characters are realistic: They are all complex and they don't fit into molds. Sometimes I wanted them to be perfect (you know how you sometimes scream at characters "No, don't do that! Can't you tell that's a really stupid decision?!?!"), but the decisions these characters make fit with their histories and personalities and experiences. They don't do something just to make the book work out (you know how sometimes in a book, a character will do something totally out-of-character, just to further the plot? That doesn't happen in this book). The "villains" are also very well fleshed out and very realistic--you really get a feel for how and why they "tick."

(2) The world is well-thought out: I'm a big fantasy and science fiction reader. I love both genres, and this book has them both! Inside the biodome is very much like a medieval fantasy--indeed, they're Live Action Role Players that have been role playing for 20 years, and raised their kids to know no other reality! Outside of the biodome is the science-fiction. Writing sci-fi, especially sci-fi that takes place in the near-future, is really hard. Who hasn't read a scifi book written in the 70s and found the characters using big floppy disks or other outdated technology...or seen everyone flying in outerspace in the year 2000...when obviously we aren't doing that. Yet, Jesikah's world feels very real, sometimes disturbingly so in a dystopian way.

(3) There's permaculture! To make the biodome sustainable without any outside interventions or inputs, the people inside the biodome use permaculture. I really loved the thought exercise of how permaculture works in that kind of system. There's also some thought-provoking commentary about environmentalism. This book really got my imagination, as well as my philosophical brain, working!

(4) I very much love that there doesn't seem to be any occurrences, people, or things that occur SIMPLY to further the plot. Those kind of things drive me NUTS in a book. There's also no inconsistencies, that I can recall from my multople re-readings. I've read many a book series where, halfway through the series, the author seemingly forgets how old a character is, what their background is or what color their hair is, or how they're related to someone, or how a bit of technology works. The facts change, and your stuck there wondering which one is the right one.

(5) The book--and series--is quite the page turner. I will admit to  having totally abandoned all my permies moderator responsibilities when I got my books...and having deprived my self of sleep to read "one more chapter." (We all know how that goes, right? :D)

I can't say enough good things about this book and this series. It's like the author reached in my brain, saw my love of sci-fi, fantasy, permaculture, dystopian fiction, romance, realistic characters, and consistent writing and addictive plots, and took all those things and put them into a book. I'm pretty sure she somehow channeled me into Willow, because I could totally see myself doing and feeling as she did.

Paul Wheaton defines the acorn scale as 0-10 (link):

Zero acorns: "throw this book on the top of the wood pile"

Ten acorns: "You can have this book when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers" 



This book totally ears a 10 for me. You can have my copy when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

 
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Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to chat all things permaculture, geek culture, and futuristic sustainable communities. I'm sooooo excited!

And THANK YOU for this beautiful review. I am humbled by your kind words and recommendation. You honor me. *bows to you, My Lady*
 
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