Ashfall Legacy by Pittacus Lore

Disclaimer: I received this early audiobook from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Ashfall Legacy

Author: Pittacus Lore

Book Series: Ashfall.Legacy Book 1

Rating: 1/5

Recommended For…: ya readers, sci-fi lovers

Genre: YA Sci-fi

Publication Date: August 17, 2021

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 432

Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, gore, slight romance, drug use, animal violence jokes, language)

Synopsis: We have waited generations for you…

Syd Chambers knows that there’s life on other planets because he’s descended from it. His father was from a distant world called Denza, and has been missing—presumed dead—for years.

When Syd discovers a device his father left behind that shows not only that he’s alive, but where he is, Syd must set out on a mission of his own. But along the way, he discovers a deadly, unbearable secret that could destroy Denza, Earth, and the universe.

Review: I didn’t think that there would be a book that would rival the hatred that I had when I read Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, but this one is a close second. The book was so tropy and so horribly written that I became enraged when I read it at work and I had to stop reading it at work. The book is your standards early 2000s young adult in which are young protagonists finds out that they have some extraordinary ability but they view themselves as too obsolete to have ever possessed it. The book had the classic Chosen One trope and it even went a little bit into the love triangle trope. Besides the tropiness of the book, the character development was non-existent and most of the characters didn’t make sense whatsoever. For example, we have the mother figure who is the classic mother character of most YA books in which she does everything that she can to protect her child. But then as soon as her missing husband is mentioned, she completely abandons her child and set some up to be some sort of bait to get her husband back. I don’t know if that plays into the later books but that is so aggravating to have such a complete 180 from a character development standpoint. The world building was also non-existent and the book is so slow paced. I honestly could have summed up this book within three paragraphs maybe but it was expanded to probably 300 plus pages. And, from a Sci-Fi standpoint, the way that the author crafted these aliens was way too OP. the aliens can do all of these things and aren’t affected by anything on Earth and yada yada yada, she didn’t give hardly any weaknesses from what I saw for these aliens in the book. Finally, the main character reminded me of every single dickheaded boy that I had to interact with in high school. he had this air about him that he didn’t give a s*** about anything that didn’t affect him, and he treated others as just tools for his own success. I don’t honestly remember a part of the book in which the character got interested in any of the side characters’ lives, and I know that this is kind of going to that classic YA book trope but we left that behind in 2013. In sum, I hate this book.

Verdict: It’s bad for me, try for you?

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