Thursday, May 25, 2017

Legion Lost by K.C. Finn

Legion Lost
by K.C. Finn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Publisher: Kindle Press (March 22, 2016)
Publication Date: March 22, 2016
Genre: YA Dystopian
Print Length: 204 pages
Available from: Amazon
 
One Underground girl escapes from a soldiers’ raid. Lost and above ground for the very first time, she has only one option to secure her survival: the Legion—a government organization for teenagers with no place left to run. Leave your identity at the gate, and join a life of military service until you reach adulthood. It sounds ideal, but the Underground girl knows that the System won’t stop looking for its female runaway. So, she tells a lie about her gender.
And it will change her forever.
Posing as Raja, a boy-soldier, the Underground girl is thrown into Legion life at its full, brutal speed. Here, she meets Senior Commander Briggs, whose savage authority reigns over the teenage soldiers. Amongst them are a band of oddballs known as the South Tower Rejects, led by Stirling, a tall, savvy stranger with bright copper hair and eyes that shine like oceans. There’s something hiding behind his cocky smile, and Raja wants to know what it is.

 
Legion Lost by K.C. Finn

Legion LostShe was born after her people sought refuge underground to escape a dystopian government. Now the Undergrounders have been discovered and as government soldiers raid her home, she escapes into a world she has never known, above ground.

Only by pretending to be a boy named Raja can this lone survivor learn to exist in a world where the wind can blow on your cheeks, the sun can shine on your face and hatred and the battle for power can make life a living hell. Raja becomes part of the Legion, a government run training camp for teens, but is this surviving? What will the future bring? How can a sixteen year old girl masquerading as a young boy fool those around her for the years it will take to reach her twentieth birthday and a promised freedom? How can she keep a promise to find and free her family from the clutches of a corrupt world who would and abuse them for their own purposes?

Only when Raja becomes part of the South Tower Rejects, a band of misfits in the Legion, can she find a way to keep her promise, but at what cost? Must she sell her soul to the highest bidder to redeem her family’s freedom? As a boy, how can she hide her feelings for the leader of their misfit group? In a world filled with hate and mistrust, how many secrets will Raja uncover and what of the secret she keeps hidden? The time has come to fulfill her promise to her family, if they survived…but it may cost her more than she could have bargained for.

K. C. Finn’s LEGION LOST is pure dystopian reading, as the atmosphere she builds into her tale feels gritty, murky and is veiled in uncertainty and deceit. Enemies will stop at nothing to win, even “allies” cannot be trusted and yet, one teen must find her way through a maze of hatred and fear without succumbing to the poisons this world evokes. Wonderful characters with distinct personalities play their roles to perfection as K. C. Finn brings a dark fantasy to life in this jagged tale where trust, determination and true grit are rare commodities and love and loyalty are priceless gems to be coveted and treasured.

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