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The author also handles the first-person perspective very well. In addition, it seems to capture the thoughts of a bright teen rather than a bright adult. Vaughn is intelligent, but he still lacks some level of foresight and complexity of thought that only comes when those parts of the brain finish developing in the early twenties. His thought processes wander and he considers things at times very clearly and at times wanders off on tangents. Very realistic, it makes me wonder if the author has read the literature on the development of thought from childhood to adulthood. Also, the first person perspective makes it easier to combine the of the elements I mentioned previously. Since the world around Vaughn is only described from his perspective, it is possible to have a sea of gray and gray sprinkled with black and white because Vaughn is literally trying to map things along with us. Meanwhile, staying in Vaughn's perspective keeps us within the mind of a person who wants to do the right thing but would also be very happy not to have to be the one to do it.
I liked this book for the most part. There was an excessive use of the word "quip" (in itself an awkward word, but through overuse, extremely annoying) and BJ's character was kind of erratic.
Also the supernames (or whatever you wanna call them) were kinda cheesy, but really that's more a failing of the genre than any given author. If you really think about it, who would be scared by a name like Batman?
Legacy wasn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination (after all, I didn't write it! :P). But it was quirky. Some of the other reviews mentioned problems with the dialogue, and yeah it was a bit forced at times.
But I've read plenty of superhero genre books and this one is definitely one of the better ones. It had action, it had mystery. The villain was somewhat formulaic (Rule the world, I am a god, blah blah blah), but how she went about her master plan was definitely not something I've come across often, and even after she's defeated parts of her plans can still go off at any time.
Without going into too much detail, the so-called "New Men" were definitely at the top of the list as far as questions of motive were involved. Who are they? How are they involved with the events of the book? Why are they so mysterious? Were they behind the Kardashians' inexplicable rise to stardom?!
And many other questions besides, not all having to do with the New Men. If a sequel is ever released, I'll definitely look into it because this is a very interesting book.