Ashfall Legacy: A Mini Review

Ashfall Legacy by Pittacus Lore is a new SciFi fantasy from the author of I Am Number Four. Sydney Chambers has lived his life on the run, and in Ashfall Legacy, it’s time to stop running.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

From the book summary:

We have waited generations for you…

Syd Chambers knows that there’s life on other planets because he’s descended from it. His father was from a distant world called Denza, and has been missing—presumed dead—for years.

When Syd discovers a device his father left behind that shows not only that he’s alive, but where he is, Syd must set out on a mission of his own. But along the way, he discovers a deadly, unbearable secret that could destroy Denza, Earth, and the universe.

I was approved for an audiobook edition of this book, which was not quite what I expected. The audiobook for the ARC is synthetic audio. This, at times, made it easier to listen to. On the other hand, the reader has no emotion or real notable expression, which was strange, to say the least. It wasn’t necessarily bad, just extremely odd. As usual, Netgalley’s audio player continues to be terrible and has a metallic sound, and it really discourages me from requesting more audiobooks to review.

The story was interesting, but the characters fell flat for me. None of them were all that interesting. In a SciFi world that is built up incredibly, this was a little frustrating. I wanted to like Syd, but he fell so heavily into the chosen one trope that it was boring. Admittedly, I never read the I Am Number Four books, and so I don’t know if this is a common theme with Lore’s writing. The book was enjoyable, but nothing particularly cerebral.

I enjoyed the different creatures and the general lore. The way that humans are described and what you find out that they truly are was intriguing. Again, the real downfall here was the characters.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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