The human race has fled Earth, after years genetic engineering ruined their home. The survivors now search for a new world to call home, but after several hundred years, the Fleet has only met disappointment and disaster.
The Defect, a byproduct of the genetic engineering, once thought to be the savior of humanity is now their curse. Passed down genetically, the Defect effects over half of all pregnancies. No longer called babies, these collections of non-sentient cells are tested early on and if the Defect is detected the pregnancy is aborted. There is no cure for the Defect.
Already plagued by poisonous environments and cramped conditions, a series of accidents begins to disrupt life throughout the Fleet, and rumors of traitorous attacks put everyone on edge.
The Legacy Code is a great debut book by Autumn Kalquist. Her characters are well thought out and I found myself continually pulling for Era to uncover the truth. The antagonists aren’t explored at all, which gives a touch of mystery to the book but I think it would have been nice to catch a glimpse of their motivations as well. Who knows maybe we'll get to see that in upcoming books.
The storyline is fascinating and the cliff hanger ending left me shocked. I'm very interested to see what the next book in the series brings us. Autumn's prequel to The Legacy Code, Defect is out now and I will be reviewing that book as soon I get a chance to read it.
The new artwork for the cover is phenomenal and really brings to life Era and her situation.