Last night I couldn't sleep. Just writing that gives me a lump in my throat - with an 18-month old I value my sleep even above Nutella and Veronica Mars marathons. So yeah, you know I'm serious. So here I am at one in the morning, wide eyed. I decided to read a little, hoping that would help me slide back into dreamland. The book on my Kindle: LEGACY CODE by Autumn Kalquist. I'd found LEGACY CODE on Susan Kaye Quinn's recent "Indie New Release Extravaganza" post, thought it looked interesting, and one clicked.
Here's a quick description from Goodreads:
The last humans fled a dying Earth 300 years ago, but there was something they couldn’t leave behind: The Legacy Code.
Every colonist in the fleet carries mangled genes that damage the unborn, and half of all pregnancies must be terminated.
The day Era Corinth is supposed to find out if her baby has the Defect, her ship suffers a hull breach. And it may not have been an accident.
As the investigation unfolds, Era begins to question everything she’s been taught about the fleet, their search for a new Earth, and the Defect. But the answers she seeks were never meant to be found...
Okay, so let me tell you... Autumn Kalquist is one BRAVE writer. First, she created this amazing, incredibly detailed and nuanced world. Then she populated it with interesting, well-drawn characters and gave me a heroine, in Era, that I both related to and invested in. And THEN...she stayed true to her characters and her world. She made tough choices. SHE WROTE A STORY THAT WAS REAL. Not everyone is going to love where she takes her characters. Not everyone is going to appreciate how she chose to end the book.
But OH MY GOSH. I totally and completely respect her storytelling skill and bravery in telling her story HER way.
Here's the review I left on Goodreads:
I'm still in shock over Legacy Code. This book freaking wrecked me. I finished last night at 3am because I couldn't put it down, and I honestly don't think I've been this anxious for a sequel in a WHILE.
Autumn's writing is beautiful: simple and poignant. Her world-building is spectacular....I loved all the technical and societal details she shared and how they worked together to drive her plot forward.
I have MAD respect for how she took her story to its realistic, brutal conclusion, working within the confines of the world she created. I didn't expect that, which gave it that much more of a punch.
I'm so glad I discovered this book and author. I will absolutely be reading the next in the series...and anything else Autumn writes!! I highly recommend you check it out!
What makes an author brave to you? What authors do you respect for their choices and/or their truth-telling?