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Legacy (Fractured Era Legacy) MP3 CD – MP3 Audio, October 18, 2016
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Three hundred years ago, Earth suffered a mass extinction event. The last humans fled to the stars in search of a new home. In the darkness, they fought to survive. Now the fleet decays, and their hope of finding a better world is fading.
Era Corinth works to preserve the archives, but viewing them herself would be treason. When she's faced with the possibility that her unborn child may be aborted due to a genetic defect, her fascination with ancient secrets escalates to obsession.
Brutal conspiracies and devastating betrayals threaten to fracture the fleet. And the colonists have forgotten the most important lesson their ancestors swore to remember: It took only one wrong choice to destroy life on Earth.
Will their descendants make the same mistake?
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- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (October 18, 2016)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 153661470X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1536614701
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.63 x 5.5 inches
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All three books feature people facing the same dire circumstances but handling it each in their own way. The pace is steady and I found all three to be in the 'quick read' category for me.
Better World hooked me in. Maeve is such an interesting character and her story was so compelling I could forgive the author for bungling the volunteering moment - I knew it was coming but then we had to go through what seemed to me like the pretense of an unnecessary twist to make it seem less obvious. One could also make the case that Maeve is a type of unreliable narrator because we mostly follow her POV. Some of the descriptions are very weak and/or confusing. I still don't know how the bar thing and machinery might look or work and I get that the crew doesn't know how it works either and yet they are tasked with making it operational. I wish the author had done more to fill in the backstory here like maybe before the last jump they lost a lot of people rather quickly and a lot of knowledge was lost with them - it could have set up/raised the stakes for the next book which features recorded knowledge much more.
Legacy Code follows a gal named Era and because of the 'Fractured Era' name for the series I found myself paying more attention to contextual implications around that name/term. At times the name seemed to reflect the fact that this era of human history is quite fractured with a spectrum of factions at odds with each other in a much more subtle and obtuse way than the contentiousness of our own political era. On the personal level though Era is very fractured in her thinking and her outlook. She's obviously hormonal and ill equipped to see her situation or the 'secrets' she uncovers in any type of rational manner. She has no emotional rectitude and no rational understanding of logic. She edits out the most important parts of a video she steals from the historical archives in a manic and ultimately futile attempt to save her unborn baby. She latches on to her own misinterpretations and misunderstandings as if everyone will feel as equally outraged by the 'secret' she uncovered. I'm still not even entirely sure if it was much of a new secret or just something no one really talks about openly or acknowledges. I often found myself rooting for her because I have compassion for a mother doing anything she can to save her baby but I never believed she was fighting a righteous or noble fight and I often found myself empathizing with the 2 out of 5 mothers that Era wanted to condemn to the very predicament she was trying to avoid for herself. The ending seemed rather abrupt with lots of loose ends in the narrative so this is the perfect way to buy this book - so you can immediately begin the next installment!
Paragon is a really great 'who dunnit' with nothing less at stake than the survival of the entire fleet and the last vestiges of humanity. I really want to know why there's no psych units on medlevel. PTSD seems to be rampant with everyone at every level nursing their wounds in the most unhealthy ways. With only about half the pregnancies going to term I'm shocked that doulas never materialized or morphed their duties to act as grief counselors. The only official means the command structure seems to have to address the emotional crises running rampant in the fleet seems to be grimp. It's still not clear to me why they don't just put a form of it in some kind of quin. Yes, I know it can be highly addictive with many damaging and painful side effects during withdrawal, but doesn't that just make the case for a continuous, never ending low dose for everyone? Maybe avoiding grimp could be some kind of luxury like lavender soap. As it is, some people twist their grief and the emotional burdens of their losses into anger which leads to revenge. In their situation I'm sure revenge must seem like such a relief, like it's a beacon of hope but ultimately it's a false hope that only further increases loss/pain/grief and sadness for everyone. Tadeo's investigations reveal a lot of things I expect the author to cover in subsequent installments of this series and as such I'm eager to read book #4
I found these series to be well-written, and very inventive and interesting reading. One good sign of a good series is that I found myself unsatisfied whenever I came up against the end of a book or short story. And that is my complaint; 'Fractured' could also be used to describe the confusing and disjointed path that these stories take. You would need to go to the author's website to try to figure out the timeline: The Fractured Series includes (in chronological order): the short stories 'Decode' and '318', followed by 'Defective'. The Fractured Legacy Series consists of: 'Better World', 'Legacy Code', and Paragon'. To make it even more confusing, you can buy all 3 of these stories in one book from Amazon; 'Legacy', which is described as, "Book 1" in the series. As of today, Book 2 does not exist. It is unclear when any new stories will come out, other than Kalquist letting us know on her website that she has "a lot of notes". So, I read them in the wrong order, which is not terrible, but it would have helped if I had figured the timeline out sooner. But worse, both series end rather abruptly, signifying that there is more to come, but who knows when? I would have felt a lot better if at least Autumn Kalquist was able to map out a plan for releasing titles in the future, but she hasn't. So, I'm left hanging, wondering if and/or when I will learn more about some of the intriguing characters that haunt this scary future scenario.
My kindle app let me know I had an hour left in the book, Autumn somehow makes every part of the story seem like cocaine. You always want a little bit more, then more, then more, then it happens. That hour is passed, work is backed up, the book ends. Now the wait (hopefully not long) for book 4.
Throughout the three books different stories are woven together in a way that they are different, but when put together tells an amazing story. Most authors may make the story based on one or two characters, with little tidbits thrown in for supporting cast. When the name of the support pops up you're left wondering where you heard that name. Not the case here, each character is dynamic and memorable. Throw in a story that you will not see coming, a flow that does not leave you with filler boring parts, and you have Fractured Era. Worth way more than what you'll pay for a book, by an author who really knows how to hook a reader.
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Just like Wool, the book opens with what’s effectively a short story, and with the exception of one character, none of the others from it recur, or even get mentioned again. (For the record: I’m aware that Legacy is a collection of republished shorter works - stories that developed into a more conventional novel structure.) It’s the same ‘hook the reader with this world and then develop it further down the timeline’ model, plugged into post apocalyptic dystopia with a space setting. It did make me feel like I was reading a bestseller dressed in another author’s clothing, or a ‘write to market’ book as it’s known amongst authors. There is a familiar drawing on the usual tropes as if it’s designed for the same people who read books like Wool. Yet I feel like I can’t criticise too much for this, because first of all it isn’t a rip-off book. Second of all, it’s very very readable.
As spoiler free as I can then: this is a book for anyone who likes a tragedy. It does feel a little bit paint-by-numbers in how the plot’s constructed, and it’s thin on character development until the introduction of Tadeo Raines - my favourite character, caught between loyalties and unsure of to whom he should do his duty, and capable of being the hero but equally perhaps a little dishonourable and possessed of the kind of killer instinct more suited to an anti-hero, but therein lay my interest. Autumn Kalquist is an author capable of delivering surprises by being ruthless with dispatching characters a la George RR Martin, or perhaps Hugh Howie, just to continue a theme. The world these people populate has its own little quirks, carefully thought out, and the conspiracies that unfold within it are enough to make most people turn pages for half the night so they get to the bottom of them.
Just like Wool, I feel interested in the sequel in the hope that I might see the mysteries solved, and find out more about how the current setup came to be. It would have been nice to have seen more of a link between the initial short story opening and the rest of the plot (specifically, there was one colonist whose fate I was interested in, yet this character was never mentioned again, and I had the feeling they should have gone down in history for something, rather than being forgotten). It does feel a little predictable at times, yet the surprises are good enough to make me wonder if these books can outsmart me, and I look forward to more.
While the writing was largely acceptable and the story a classic (the lost tribe from a destroyed Earth searches the universe for a new home), the first book in this trilogy was marred by repetition, a fragmented plot, physiological inaccuracies, and an unsatisfying ending.
How many times did I read the couplet "swollen belly" when referring to one of the lead characters who happens to be, yes, you guessed it, pregnant. That's just one example of unnecessary repetition for effect, there are many others, but I won't repeat them here--see what I did there?
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And therein lies the problem. Who am I supposed to root for? Who am I supposed to care about?
And here's the rant. Ready?
I lost count of the number of times the author refers to the blood "pumping through his/her veins" or a the "adrenaline surged through his/her veins." Darn it, the human venous system is PASSIVE, there is no pumping (apart from through the pulmonary veins, which is a separate system and a separate topic). Blood flows through veins by gravity and as a result of skeletal muscular contraction. Blood pumps through ARTERIES. Adrenaline (epinephrine) surges through ARTERIES. That is why medics palpate the pulse a the radial artery, the carotid artery, the femoral artery, etc. If medics palpated veins, most people would be pronounced dead!
A minor point perhaps, but a valid one, I feel. .
I can understand the need to have a cliffhanger ending to encourage the reader to read the next book in the series, but for all (or most of) of the plots and subplots to be left hanging is a little too much for this reader to take.
I invested a lot of my time reading the story and getting to know, and sometimes like, the characters, but the unsatisfactory ending made wonder whether it was worth the effort. That's a shame, because Ms Kalquist has talent and this book could have been so much better.
Will I be uploading the rest of the series to my Kindle? Not telling.
I'll let you guess.
The first book was good, grabbed my attention, reminded me of the social and political elements of Battlestar Galactica but without an external enemy. It set up the scene and the background and painted a pretty gritty picture of life aboard one of the fleet vessels. It is much more a story of personal challenge and hardship than a raw science fiction tale. Personally I prefer more hard science and space opera than such focus on individual misery and social dysfunction. The second book, Legacy Code, I found really tedious and almost prevented me from reading the third. It's too emotional and over-focused on one character, Era, and there's no development of the bigger picture. The stories are more like spotlights on an individual or theme rather than a grand opera of complex engagement. The ending is harrowing but honestly half-way through I was bored and skimmed much of it. The third instalment, Paragon, brings back some excitement and a bigger story and introduces a wider range of characters, while keeping the anchor ones, which prevents it from becoming dull. There is a clear build-up to a climactic event that will come in one or more later books but honestly, I can't understand why it's split into three books when they are really only sections of a single novel. It's also a shame that the ongoing story is delayed by the publication of prequel-style novellas, in which I have no interest. I won't be waiting anxiously for a continuation as it hasn't gotten into my bones so much. In general easy reading, uncomplicated, good basis for a big story, somewhat compelling but quickly forgettable, probably badly organised due to some poor publishing decisions; as always though, respect to the writer.
But really, naked and alone...crying with her hand on her belly? Looking at her tattoo.
Why do you want to make your readers sad?