THE TESLA LEGACY follows a precocious young scientist named Lucy Phelps whose fateful encounter in the Tesla Suite of the New Yorker Hotel unlocks her dormant electrical powers. As Lucy struggles to understand her new abilities through scientific experimentation, she is thrust into a centuries old battle between rival alchemical societies.
One side wants her help and the other wants her dead, but both believe she is the next step in human evolution. Unfortunately, carriers of the genetic mutation—including Nikola Tesla—have a greatly reduced life expectancy. Even if Lucy can outrun her enemies, she can’t outrun herself.
Admittedly, I’m a science nerd, and when I see the name Tesla (not the car), I get excited – that’s what drew me to this book.
A lot is packed into this novel – Lucy’s typical high school life rapidly turns into a tug of war between two agencies trying to ‘win’ her. Unfortunately, one of those groups isn’t too concerned with her survival. There’s a good bit of science talk that may throw off some readers, but it’s pertinent to the story and explained well.
I loved that Lucy is an unabashed science geek, heavily into STEM, and isn’t afraid to display her intelligence. Her numerous pop culture references to Star Trek, Wonder Woman, etc., also made me smile. Lucy’s sense of betrayal and confusion of who she should trust is portrayed well. I did feel that some repetition regarding relationships in the middle of the book slowed the pace somewhat, but it turned into a whirlwind race near the end.
If you enjoy reality-based sci-fi with a splash of X-Men and a pinch of The Davinci Code, I’d recommend The Tesla Legacy. It’s action-packed, with some surprising twists.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC.