• Legacy

  • The Biodome Chronicles Series, Book 1
  • By: Jesikah Sundin
  • Narrated by: Sunil Patel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-11-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Forest Tales Publishing
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

She is from the past, locked inside a world within a world. He is from the future, haunted by her death.
A sensible young nobleman and his fiery sister live in an experimental medieval village. Sealed inside this biodome since infancy, Leaf and Willow have been groomed by The Code to build a sustainable world, one devoid of Outsider interference. One that believes death will give way to life.
All is ideal until their father bequeaths a family secret with his dying breath, placing an invisible crown of power on Leaf's head. Now, everyone in their quiet town is suspect. Risking banishment, the siblings search for clues, leading them to Fillion Nichols, an Outsider with a shocking connection to their family. Their encounter launches Fillion into battle with his turbulent past as he rushes to decode the many secrets that bind their future together - a necessity if they are all to survive.
Cultures clash in an unforgettable quest for truth, unfolding a story rich in mystery, betrayal, and love.
Are you ready to discover what is real?
©2014 Forest Tales Publishing (P)2017 Forest Tales Publishing
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Critic Reviews

"A captivating YA hybrid of sci-fi and medieval fantasy, mystery, and romance, Legacy opens The Biodome Chronicles series with divergent worlds on a carefully planned collision course." (Chanticleer Book Reviews)   
 "...This book was beautifully written. It was detailed, immersive, and had a subtlety that I cannot help but be impressed by." (Kookie Krysp Reviews)
"This is a fantastic launch to what promises to be a vivid and engaging series." (Pure Jonel Book Reviews)
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3 out of 5 stars
By KRLGA on 02-09-18

A world of of the past set inside the future

When Leaf and Willow's father suddenly dies, they are adrift as to what will happen next. Little do they know, but they are really part of a bigger secret- ​with too many lies and hidden purposes that the siblings may not be able to live up to. On the outside of their hidden world, Fillion is disinterested in his life, just waiting the days until he will be sentenced for his hacking crimes. But instead of jail time, he is informed of a secret, one he will now be part of. These three teens from very different worlds will soon cross paths even though they don't know it yet.

​The story was interesting and very complicated, with some surprise twists and secrets. The author has a poetic writing style, very descriptive and flowery, creating a vivid imagery that came to life for the reader. Everything was so descriptive, yet at times I feel like the detail overwhelmed me and the plot transitions were lacking. The idea of the book was also really creative and unique, a simple society with no technology or advancements bubbled safely within a futuristic society with the most advanced of technology. The clash between the two elements made for some interesting interactions and ideas that I had never thought of before.

The narration in the story skips between three character: Leaf the practical and reliable son of the Earth Element who has lived his whole life in the dome, Willow aka Oakley the fiery impetuous younger sister to Leaf, and Fillion (named after the actor who just so happens to star in one of my most favorite show- Firefly- I loved this random reference thrown into the story!) the rebel hacker who lives adrift in the futuristic world. I found Leaf to be a very one dimensional character and not very interesting, his parts felt more like am ambivalent narrator watching over everything instead of a part of it. Oakley was intense and slightly crazy, giving hormonal girls a run for their money for sure with her out of control mood swings and hot anger- she was 100% unpredictable and headstrong. Fillion, ah, Fillion, my favorite. He had so much depth and thought put into him I could not help but be intrigued.

I found the narrator to have a very interesting voice as well as great enunciation and timing, but I was a little disappointed since it was hard to distinguish between voices. The narrator was great at doing one voice but I did not like when there were conversation between the characters because I had no idea who was talking​, there was no differentiation at all between the speakers. It made it hard to follow the story and I noticed myself checking out at times since I was a little confused.

​I thought this book over all was interesting and different, a nice mish mash of worlds and technology to create a new kind of fantasy/science fiction journey. Legacy is the first in a trilogy and there is no way I could even predict what will happen for the characters or what secrets will come out next. ​I am glad that I got the chance to listen to this book and I would like to continue the series, but I think I will read a physical copy for the next installment.

​I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. ​

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4 out of 5 stars
By The Book Junkie Reads . . . on 02-08-18

Great world building, intriguing characters . . .

Can I just say, woooooooooooooooh. I don’t really know what say or how to say it. This was a fantastical ride with adventure, action, intrigue, mystery with touches of sci-fi, fantasy, dystopia, and fairytale. I found much here to make this a fantastic adventure. I went on a ride with first Leaf and Willow, then latter adding Fillion. There are many others that you get to know, some you like other you just don’t care about and others you just right out hate. The world that takes shape around each and every chapter change was intriguing. The writing had an element of something more. There were things I did not understand and other that I became comfortable with as the story went on.

I could not just sit down and listen to this in one setting. After a few hours, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed or underwhelmed it depended on where I as in the story. I applaud those that were able to do this in one setting it just did not work for me. There was much to take in with each session spent listening to this world become more and the characters become richer in depth and concise.

Narrator Review of . . . LEGACY (The Biodome Chronicles, #1) . . . Sunil did a good job. The richness of his voice. The diction. The accents. The pitch. All came together to provide a listening enjoyment. I took the time to listen with more than just my ears. This was a full senses experience. I was captivated by the vivid imagery that was conjured with his voice.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Erin on 02-09-18

An Intriguing Saga

Any additional comments?

Legacy is not an action-packed, non-stop-movement kind of book. It has some action, but much of this opening book of the Biodome Chronicles is about the emotional state of the characters and their relationships with each other. Well-written and including marvelous descriptions and beautiful imagery, this book was quite enjoyable, although I could have stood less tension between Leaf and Willow (she may only be fifteen, but her temper seemed rather unreasonable sometimes).

Sunil Patel, the narrator, has a wonderful voice, and it was very pleasant to listen to him. However, I had trouble distinguishing between the voices and therefore was not always certain which character was speaking. I also sometimes felt as if the epigraphs from the Atoms to Adams Daily Show represented his voice-acting better than when he was performing the characters in the actual story and wish the energy from some of those was more prevalent in the audiobook as a whole.

While it started clean, once Fillion and his world gained greater focus, the book developed some language - thankfully, I had moved to listening with the earphones by that point instead of setting my phone nearby and using its speakers, so the little ones weren’t exposed!

All in all, I liked this book a lot (I’ve already purchased and am almost finished with book 2, Elements). I knocked off half a star for the language and half a star for the mild performance issues, leaving it with a solid four stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jesikah Sundin. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By garyterzza.co.uk on 01-15-18

Compelling

What does Sunil Patel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Fantasy sci-fis are all about creating an immersive atmosphere and the narrator Sunil Patel does this perfectly. His rich, deep voice provides the perfect vehicle for a captivating piece of storytelling.

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