“My name is Stephen Leeds, and I am perfectly sane. My hallucinations, however, are all quite mad.” // Review of “Legion” by Brandon Sanderson

Title: Legion (Legion #1)
Brandon Sanderson
Genre: Sci-fi
Target audience: Adult
Date Read: 12/08/18 – 13/08/18


So this is slightly unusual. I knew I had read this book before. I hadn’t realised until I saw the cover was already uploaded to my blog that I actually reviewed it back then, too. I forgot to cross-post it to GoodReads, and I rarely go back further than a month or two in my blog archives, unless I have a reason to. You can read that first review here.

This time around, I didn’t have as much trouble settling into the world of the book, perhaps because I remembered enough from the previous read. Stephen and his halluncinations can be tricky to get your head around, though, since you are reading his interactions with all of them, despite the fact the other characters cannot see them.

I enjoyed the the book considers the tension between science and faith, particularly within one person. It never passes any judgement over which it thinks is “correct” – some characters feel one way while others feel another and they both get an even playing field for their stands.

The book is quite short (under 100 pages), and in some ways it does feel like a series opener rather than being able to stand on its own two feet. There is a mysterious woman linked to Stephen’s past, and the mysteries of the camera that can take photos of the past are not fully answered. However, I think casual readers would still enjoy this. I originally read it back when the second and third books weren’t out, and I don’t remember being too frustrated. That said, I have the second one on standby now so that I can go and read more of these characters.

(Technically, NetGalley provided me with a free copy of this book in the form of the Preview Excerpt for the multi-book volume. I requested it because I didn’t realise it was just book 1, which I already owned, but I appreciated the impetus to read it again. Thanks!).

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