Blog Tour: Legacy (The Biodome Chronicles #1) by Jesikah Sundin
Book Blurb:Author: Jesikah Sundin
Narrator: Sunil Patel
Length: 12 hours 30 minutes
Publisher: Forest Tales Publishing⎮2017
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: The Biodome Chronicles, Book 1
Release date: Dec. 11, 2017
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?
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.
Jesikah Sundin is multi-award winning a sci-fi/fantasy writer mom of three nerdlets and devoted wife to a gamer geek. In addition to her family, she shares her home in Monroe, Washington with a red-footed tortoise and a collection of seatbelt purses. She is addicted to coffee, laughing, and Dr. Martens boots and shoes ... Oh! And the forest is her happy place.
Other Interesting tidbits:
Jesikah owns Forest Tales Photography, and boasts a varied background in business administration and marketing, though her heart has always belonged to the arts and sciences. In college, she pursued a degree in geophysics and oceanography. And, as a teenager, she attended a performing arts school for musical theater and opera, performing in several theater productions, while also serving as editor-in-chief of her high school’s newspaper. She is married for over twenty years to her high school sweetheart and raising three awesomely geeky children. When not writing, she’s often found in her garden, hiking, gaming, baking, fangirling over all things Star Wars and Firefly, or attending various conventions in cosplay, notably Comicon and FaerieCon.
My name is Sunil Patel and I am a professional British male Voice-Over artist. I was born and bred in London, UK, and woke up with a deep, rumbling voice when I neared adulthood. As a result I have pursued the lifestyle of a Voice Actor / Voice-over artist, not wanting my unique voice to go to waste. I have recorded for multinational companies like Herbal Life, and organisations like The Billy Graham Evangelist Association. I have also narrated an audiobook called Legacy: The Biodome Chronicles. I can also do voice-overs in other languages, which includes Hindi and Gujarati.
I have been voice trained by coach and mentor, Gary Terrza (https://www.vomasterclass.com), a successful and and well-known voice actor who has been doing his craft for over 25 years. I have also received additional voice training by my acting mentor and coach, Gavin MacAlinden, (https://www.actinggymnasium.co.uk/)
Other interesting facts about myself: I worked as a Police Community Support Officer for the London Metropolitan Police for four years; Travelled to 16 countries; Climbed 3 mountains, including a Himalayan peak; I speak 5 languages and most importantly I am also pursuing a career in acting and have performed in local theater in Camden, London.