Legion by Brandon Sanderson is one of two novellas he published in 2012. I very much enjoyed The Emperor’s Soul and so was quite excited to find Legion on Audible! Legion has a crazy interesting premise and I was for once quite pleased with the male narrator. This one is definitely a bit different than the Sanderson I’ve read previously (I don’t think I’ve ever read any sci-fi from him before actually), so it was cool to see him writing for another genre ;-).
Legion by Brandon Sanderson
Published by Subterranean Press on August 31st, 2012
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Length: 88 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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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 specialized 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
- There are some really interesting ideas in Legion. For one thing, having a main character who has countless hallucinations that know things that he doesn’t seem to was just a great take on the human mind. Then there is this whole other awesome sci-fi element that was just too cool, especially because the characters discussed it with insights that I hadn’t thought of :D.
- I loved the narration of the audio version! I usually really dislike male narrators, but I really enjoyed Legion’s including when he portrayed female characters. It’s a miracle!
- Sanderson has proven to be very good at pacing his novellas and I was entranced the entire time.
- Legion has a brief explanation for the main character’s hallucinations that was something I hadn’t thought of, but also a very intriguing thought. Have you read Legion and know what I mean?? *wiggly eyebrows*
- Legion unfortunately left me with more questions D: This can be the problem with novellas with such rich ideas, since there isn’t room to completely flesh them out it seems.
- While I liked both of the two sci-fi elements of Legion, they were rather disconnected and seemed to be too much for a novella.
- I really wish that Legion had been a full length novel instead, it had the potential to be!
Legion is a really cool sci-fi novella and I highly recommend it for Sanderson fans who also like sci-fi. Legion has Sanderson’s characteristic rich ideas and writing, while being a little too short for its good! I also recommend the audio version if you are looking for something quick to listen to, since I quite enjoyed all the voices that were packed in; you needed a talented narrator for Legion, haha.
Legion by Brandon Sanderson
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