Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Pittacus Lore
One year after the invasion of Earth, teenagers across the globe are continuing to discover they have been gifted Legacies similar to those of their Loric heroes. With many countries worried about safety, it is decided an academy will be built where these kids can learn to use their powers, after which they will be put into service for the United Nations. Some are excited to go, such as Kopano Okeke from Nigeria. Others, like Taylor Cook, would rather keep their powers hidden. Taylor avoids the Academy as long as possible, but once she's there she finds herself making friends with a group of underdog outcasts like herself. What the kids don't know is that another organization is working to undermine the Academy. When Taylor is kidnapped for her healing Legacy, the group must survive long enough to rescue her and find a way to infiltrate the other organization to learn what their plans are.
With a diverse cast of characters and a high-stakes story surrounding them, the original Lorien Legacies series has been underappreciated. Generation One tries to recapture the original series, and while it's certainly an enjoyable read, it has a hard time living up to the first books. The characters and their interactions are interesting, but the book struggles in getting readers invested. A large portion of the book is just a slice-of-life style story of what it's like at the Academy. Hints of what's going on behind the scenes are in place, but they aren't fully developed until much later, which makes it pretty easy to predict how plot points will connect. This gives the book a slow pace that may destroy a reader's motivation to continue reading, especially when they've already guessed the ending. Overall, this is a dependable book but not as intense and attention-grabbing as the original series.
*Contains severe violence and and severe language.