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4 Stars: Legion by Brandon Sanderson Audiobook

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 ;-).

4 Stars: Legion by Brandon Sanderson Audiobook

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

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • 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*

Weaknesses:

  •  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!

Summary:

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.

4 Stars

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – A

 

 Legion by Brandon Sanderson

© 2013, Anya. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews says:

    I didn’t know Sanderson ventured into sci-fi either, so I’ll definitely be looking out for a quick read from him since I know his other books are quite lengthy -which I have still yet to read. Fab review! :)

    • Hehe, I think this might be the first time, though don’t quote me ;-) Legion’s definitely a fun and quick read though:D

  2. I looooooooved this novella. Like, a lot. I’m not sure exactly what you’re referencing about his hallucinations… but it was a while ago when I read it, lol. I also totally agree that it could’ve/should’ve been a full length novel! I wanted SO much more. Maybe someday Sanderson will write a sequel?? I can only hope. :D

    • Yey! I think there are like five sequels in theory scheduled for his books, but he seems to like writing in new worlds instead of the sequels he has set up for old worlds ;-) We can hope though!

  3. Jeremiah Whitmore says:

    He is writing a second Legion novella, slowly. He works on short pieces when he’s on airplanes and stuff like that. I heard him give a reading from the second Legion novella at Phoenix Comicon last month.

    • Hehe, he’s writing so many things slowly isn’t he? I’m very jealous of you though, I’m not in the right part of the country to ever get to go to his events D:

      • Jeremiah Whitmore says:

        I’m normally not, either. I’ve been trying to meet him for years, and this was the first time he was close enough for me to manage it. It worked out pretty well, though, as I got to meet him on my birthday :) Played Magic with him, got a t-shirt from him. Not gonna lie, one of the coolest days of my life.

  4. *gasp* I’d never heard of this one before, what kind of a Sanderson fan do I think I am *sobs* *ahem*, anyways, I can totally see wanting it to be a full novel, even his bigger books always leave me wanting more hehe Awesome review, sci-fi + Sanderson = win.

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