Author: Brandon Sanderson
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 208 pages (4 hours audio)
Publication: November 2014
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
When I3 (Innovative Information Incorporated), a company owned by one of Stepehen's acquaintances, misplaces a body containing a great deal of biological computing/storing information, Stephen and his aspects are pulled into the search. With a high profile assassin on their tail, Stephen, Ivy, J.C, Tobias, and Audrey are in a race against time to locate the body before they are dragged under with I3.
This novella follows Legion, where we were introduced to Stephen and his extreme version of schizophrenia. This novella is even better than the first. Stephen takes along Ivy, J.C, Tobias and Audrey-an aspect we only met briefly in Legion. We are introduced to many others and see some familiar faces as the novella progresses. Each aspect has their own specialty: Ivy is a psychologist and reads people for Stephen. J.C is a Navy Seal and handles security. Tobias is a scholar and keeps the situation level, always looking at the options. Audrey is a handwriting expert as well as an armature cryptographer.
I love the relationships that are developed between Stephen and his aspects. He starts to lose control and leaves us wondering exactly where he and his aspects are heading when he meets a family member of one of his aspects for the first time. There is plenty of material left open for another installment. The idea behind the use of the body for storage was an interesting touch and one that hits close to home, since there are insane amounts of advancement in technology happening everyday. The resolution to this problem was also interesting, as well as the information Stephen was able to find while searching.
Stephen's aspects are on of the things I love most about these novellas. They are all so complex and fascinating. I also love Ivy and J.C's relationship, although it is very odd. I suppose it's not all that different than us authors creating fictional characters that fall in love. We just usually don't have them living with us. Ivy and J.C are just such and interesting pair, I hope we get more of their complicated love in the next one.
This is a great novella and I highly recommend it to everyone. If you enjoy science fiction then this is a novella for you. It's quick, fun, and thought provoking. If you read it please let me know what you think.
Your book loving friend,