Legion by Brandon Sanderson
Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society. The action ranges from the familiar environs of America to the ancient, divided city of Jerusalem. Along the way, Sanderson touches on a formidable assortment of complex questions: the nature of time, the mysteries of the human mind, the potential uses of technology, and the volatile connection between politics and faith.
This one was really interesting! Leeds’ multiple personalities are complicated and diverse but never hard to keep track of. The author creates this complex mental condition and quickly shows us how Leeds’ mind works as he works out the mystery he’s been commissioned to solve. The premise of the mystery, the camera that takes pictures of the past, is a truly unique story line. Extremely enjoyable to read! You can pick this one up for free on iTunes Audiobooks or at audible.com.
Recalculating by Jennifer Weiner
After Maureen’s husband dies, she imagines that the years of abuse are over, but while looking for the Halloween decorations in the attic, Maureen finds a gift-wrapped GPS with her name on the box: an early birthday present from her late husband. When the voice from the machine starts giving her sinister directions, she learns that sometimes the dead are restless . . . and she’s locked in a battle not just for her life but for her soul.
Wow, this one was creepy! Maureen never quite gets out from under her abusive husband’s spell. She’s really wishy-washy and I had a hard time relating to her as the abuse brought on by her husband bordered on the absurd. So did the demon GPS. She had many chances to take control of the situation and chose to remain passive and sometimes a bit clueless. However, the creepiness of the story kept me reading until the end. A good story for this time of year, but not the best of Jennifer Weiner.