Author: Brandon Sanderson
Genre: Science fiction, mystery, contemporary, novella
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.
I read this in one sitting - short and sweet!
This book is very different from Sanderson's usual high fantasy, but I'm coming to see that Sanderson is a jack-of-all-trades and can spin an amazing story in any genre. Even if this is a novella, it has everything you'd expect from a Sanderson novel: eclectic characters, fascinating technology or magic, and secrets buried within secrets that you didn't even know where hiding under your nose.
Legion is about Stephen Leeds, an average man who hallucinates brilliant and eccentric "aspects" or a brilliant man who deludes himself by believing his aspects are real. It all depends on who you ask. Stephen is under the firm impression that the characters and their special skills are real, but is also certain that they aren't just manifestations of himself. Everyone else seems to have their own theories...
I really enjoyed this novella. It's part mystery, part psychological thriller, part time travel...it really defies being categorized into any one genre. The story was a lot of fun to read, and all of the aspects were so lovable! All of the characters were intriguing, and as I got more clues about Stephen's "aspects", the less sure I was if they were real or not. The only thing I'm sure about is that Sanderson definitely has something up his sleeve.
I'm looking forward to reading the sequel!