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Legion Kindle Edition
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Main character Stephen Leeds is an interesting man, one of the biggest reasons being a somewhat unique condition – he has multiple personalities. To him these people exist. He sees them, talks to them, even to the extent of needing extra seats for them, each one has a room in his mansion, but no-one else can see them.
Furthermore, each of these facets possesses a different talent. For example J.C. is a gun happy ex- Navy Seal, while newcomer Kalyani is an expert linguist. It seems as though, when Leeds requires a new ability he generates a new ‘person’.
There is a lot that is good in the book. The characters all have their own personalities which makes Leeds condition a lot more interesting. There are enough hints into his background to suggest that there is a very interesting backstory – without giving too much away. And, perhaps most interestingly, there is the way the multiple personalities work. It is stated that Leeds is a genius, and that his condition is how it manifests. In order to learn Hebrew, he flicks though a ‘teach yourself book’. Along comes Kalyani who can speak the language, almost as though Leeds has scanned the work faster than the average human could read, but his mind compartmentalises it allowing to present in the form of his personality.
The story itself is a bit hokey – a camera that takes pictures of the past, but the concept is an interesting one and the possibilities of such a thing, the consequences of what could be done with it are well thought out.
However, speaking as a comic book fan there are many similarities to the Marvel comics X-Men character of the same name – Legion. Although probably better known for the TV series of the same name, the character of David Haller is very different in the comics. Suffering from multiple personality disorder, Legion is possibly the most powerful mutant on the planet, only the fact that each of his powers (and he has a lot) is controlled by a different personality – who manifest so thast only Haller can see them.
It is probably very much a coincidence, but for me this undermined the novella slightly resulting in a slightly lower rating than I might have given it otherwise.
Not sure I'll follow up on the series if there are more but not disappointed to have read it.
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