Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson

Published: 2014

Genre: science fiction

Length: 208 pages, 4 hours, 23 minutes as an audio book

Setting: present day, a big U.S. city

Interest: It was offered as a free audio book at some time in the past. I’d enjoyed the first book in the series, so I figured the second was worth listening to.

Summary: Innovative Information Incorporated (I3) has hired Steven Leeds to solve a problem for them. One of their researchers had recently died. He’d been working on some genetic engineering projects, and may have done some work on a personal project that involved altering his own DNA. According to I3, that genetic engineering has the chance of causing infectious cancer, and the body has gone missing. Steven has to figure out who has the body, without getting killed by the hitman hired to take him out, and what exactly the researcher was planning.

Final thoughts: This book continued to flesh out the Legion world. We see several of his aspects working together to help solve the mystery. At the same time, Steven is reluctant to create any new aspects. (He feels he’s at his limit to the number of personalities he can sustain.) At one point, Steven is separated from his aspects and nearly incapable of functioning because he has no one to help him out of his situation. It made me think that Steven is almost dependent on his aspects and that the personality that is his core almost doesn’t have enough to it to function correctly without some aspects with him.

Title comes from: It’s part of the Legion world and the body Steven is hired to find has been genetically altered so it’s humanity is only skin deep.

Reading challenges fulfilled: None since this was an audiobook

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