Tonawanda News — He hallucinates any number of friends to be in the room with him at the same time, and uses the hallucinations as a means of compartmentalizing his extreme intelligence. One hallucination is a master of weaponry and combat. Another is among the best at interrogation. A third is a first class translator, and so on.
It’s Leed’s interactions with these imagined characters that makes “Legion” a blast to read. The only downfall is that it’s all over too soon. Only 88 pages, “Legion” seems to be just getting into the swing of the action when it all comes to an abrupt end. Sanderson could have easily extended the adventure into a full-length novel, which of course begs the question: Why didn’t he?
From a purely speculative stand point, “Legion” is the perfect setup to a new series, and writing lengthy book series certainly isn’t new to Sanderson. “Legion” was released both in hardback and ebook versions. For those already fans of Sanderson’s work, the $19.99 price point for the hardback edition would help Sanderson pay the bills as he works on the next part to a series.
On e-readers, the $2.99 price, along with the short length, seems like a bargain for those who may want to give a new author a shot. Its brevity and low price allows readers the opportunity to try Sanderson without feeling too committed. Those who end up hooked — and by the sound of things, there are many that now are — will be much more willing to shell out full-price for a full-length work in the future.
“Legion” may not satisfy those who prefer their books on the literary side, but for those who read more for fun will find little not to like. Adventure, action, mysteries, twists, even love — it’s all here, and crammed into just 88 pages to boot.
Dean Goranites publishes weekly video book reviews at unleashthis.tumblr.com, and can be reached through Twitter at unleash_this.• WHAT: "Legion" • BY: Brandon Sanderson • GRADE: B+ Dean Goranites publishes weekly video book reviews at unleashthis.tumblr.com, and can be reached through Twitter at unleash_this.