Reaper's Legacy (Toxic City) Hardcover – 9 Apr 2013
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Jack and his friends search for his father, mother and sister. They have many adventures, and meanwhile they find out that there is a nuclear bomb buried in the City and they must tried to detonate it. A good book with many questions left unanswered which is why I have to buy the third book.
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Rating: 3 out of 5 Controllers
Reaper's Legacy by Tim Lebbon, the second novel in the Toxic City series is full of rich characters and journeys for missing family members.
The story follows Lucy-Anne, who travels with a mysterious boy named Rook. Lucy-Anne is searching for her brother, Andrew, who is the only family she has left. The story also follows Jack, Sparky, and Jenna, who are in search of Jack's mother and younger sister. All must battle their way through the city of London, running from the Choppers.
My favorite characters to read about were definitely Lucy-Anne and Rook. Lucy-Anne already knows that her parents are dead, and she is now on the way to find her brother, who is supposedly in the northern part of the city. Luckily, she has Rook to travel with her and help her along the way. Rook has a strange affinity with (no surprise here) rooks. The birds seem able to communicate with him, they can warn him about any danger that seems to be ahead. Rook was a great character to me just because he was so mysterious. You learn about his past further into the story and then I fell in love with him even more. Just his willingness to help Lucy-Anne find her brother made him extremely likeable for me.
Jack's side of the story I didn't find as interesting, but it wasn't bad. Jack's mother and younger sister, Emily, have been sent to Camp H, the only problem being that no one knows where Camp H is. Joining him on his journey are his best friends, Sparky and Jenna. Sparky and Jenna made really good side characters, they each have their own strengths and weaknesses and they're both extremely loyal to Jack. The two are dating, but they don't try to make Jack feel like a third wheel, which is nice. Jack also has to deal with the fact that he's been touched by Nomad, a mysterious girl that most people don't believe exists. He begins to develop powers, and he must play around with them to see his abilities.
I'm not entirely sure why, but this book just didn't really grab me. It could be because it's the second in a series and I haven't read the first. I think that the main issue I have with this novel is that I don't feel as though a lot really happened. This stems from the fact that the book is multiperspectival. The storyline alternates between chapters, with one chapter following Lucy-Anne and the next chapter following Jack. I don't have a problem with multiperspectival novels in general, but for a novel that's only 231 pages, I don't think it was necessarily a good decision. 231 is not a lot of pages for one storyline, let alone two storylines.
Slow pacing aside, I do think that the characters are well rounded and well written. We see Jack having moments of doubt, especially when it comes to discerning his father from Reaper, the man that he has become. Lucy-Anne is driven to find her brother, although there's no guarantee that he's alive. She thinks about her friends, just as they think about her, but each group feels as though they need to put their own family first.
The world that London has become is also described extremely well, the powers that people possess, the mutants that Lucy-Anne runs into as she goes further north, the scenery are all done really well.
Overall, I'm giving Reaper's Legacy 3 out of 5 controllers. While the characters and the scenery are really well written, for me it doesn't make up for the slow pacing of the novel.
The format of Reaper's Legacy is different than the first book, and it's one that I enjoyed less. We don't get any of those ominous news excerpts and I really missed that. They added something special and slightly eerie. Also, the chapters alternate between Jack and Lucy-Anne instead of just a few paragraphs from Lucy every now and then. I wasn't a fan of this for the first few chapters, but soon enough I started to like her chapters better even though I still don't like her. Lucy-Anne is heading north to find her brother, and London is even more different and dangerous in that direction. The mutations that people are undergoing are nothing like the superpowers being developed everywhere else. It's like a whole other world up there, and it was far more interesting to see that than Jack and Company's boring adventures.
I figured that Reaper's Legacy would focus on Jack either trying to take down his father or save him. The end of London Eye suggests this and so does the title, but neither happen. Jack spends the beginning of the book running from his dad and his minions, then somehow he decides to go back and find his dad again, so they have to backtrack. It made the trouble they got into useless, since they were back to where they started. Now there's some kind of weird alliance, and I absolutely cannot tell who is a bad guy, who's a good guy, and who is on whose team. Several new characters are introduced, and I couldn't keep any of them straight. There's not a lot of character development to begin with, so all of the new side characters felt like interchangeable names on a page.
Reaper's Legacy does have some weird and interesting stuff sprinkled throughout, but for the most part it was disappointing. The first two thirds seemed like a waste, since nothing happened. As for the rest, it was confusing. But a new plot element was introduced, which could have been more exciting if it had started earlier. It added a sense of urgency that the rest of the book was missing, so I do think that Contagion has the potential to redeem this series.
As before, both the setting and characters are dark and gritty. Jack's power-hungry father is an emotional roller coaster for him. The powers that the humans have developed are more times a curse than a blessing. Especially the monstrous ones that Lucy-Anne and Rook encounter. It's funny that everything that the teens have been through, that Jack and his friends don't want any more killing - even in self-defense. This didn't seem realistic, as their hatred for the evil, torturous Choppers should warrant killing them in self-defense when attacked. Despite that annoyance, I really enjoyed this fast-paced sequel. Full of suspense, surprising twists, and a bit of childish humor to lighten the dark mood - Reaper's Legacy is a thrilling adventure. The cliffhanger ending will leave readers eager for the last installment in this exciting trilogy.
Review previously posted on SciFiChick.
Reaper's Legacy is a grand extension of the first novel. The plot presents so many changes in the characters and the city itself. Lucy-Anne is following the enigmatic Rook to the North in search of her last familial connection. Rook, a mysterious character who also has a story of deep loss, fits in perfectly. I'm actually quite excited about Lebbon expanding his character because he adds a dark intensity to an already attractive set of characters. On the other side of London, Jack faces his own moving challenges along with Sparky and Jenna. The effect of Jack having been touched by Nomad begins to reveal that he's physically changing. Jack is coming into his own supernatural power, more than one it seems. While the Irregulars are dying from a suspicious sickness, Jack is bent on reaching out to his Superior father, Reaper, to implore that he join forces with Irregulars. The main goal is to save his mother and sister while bringing peace to the toxic city.
Lebbon has truly outdone himself. The pacing, tone, and style of the novel is consistent, but the plot will truly captivate readers. Lucy-Anne's prophetic dreams are brought into greater focus while Lebbon begins setting up a very explosive future for the series. While Lucy-Anne's side of the story is left clouded in obscurity, readers will end the story with something to ponder over until the third book in the series, Contagion. The fate of Lebbon's destroyed London is going to be even worse, but there's no predicting the events to come. Reaper's Legacy proves itself to be just as ingenious and intense as London Eye, perhaps even more so! No doubt, every reader who picks up this series will be gripped by it's adventure and dark mystery.
*ARC provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review*
PYR, Apr 9 2013, $17.95
Several years have passed since the 2017 Doomsday terrorist attack left London an isolated Toxic City (see London Eye) surrounded by Chopper troops trying to keep survivors inside and other people outside as the rest of Britain believes no one lives within this wasteland. Unbeknownst to the outside world, government experiments on surviving Londoners have been conducted leading to humans morphing into beings with supernatural powers.
Lucy-Anne continues to have strange futuristic dreams. She and Rook head north in search of any of her family especially her brother who might have survived Doomsday and the aftermath. Her boyfriend Jack knows they are changing having been healed by Rosemary after true-believer Jenna stabbed him and was subsequently touched by Nomad. As his Irregulars teammates begin to die; he, his best friend Sparky and Jenna search for Jack's father, Reaper and Lucy-Anne. At the same time researcher Miller knows of Nomad's touch and wants to dissect Jack while the government no longer deploys the containment policy; instead the final solution countdown has begun.
Rotating between the two strong prime subplots, Reaper's Legacy continues to build on the enigmatic conspiratorial events of London Eye. Loaded with action that moves forward the exciting storyline, this thriller also sets the stage for Contagion. Fans will appreciate this dark dystopian urban fantasy (with sci fi elements) as Tim Lebbon turns London into a Toxic City wasteland.
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