K. Perez is a journalist with a Ph.D. and this is her second novel and it is a prime book for the teenage audience.
Lucy is a bright student who lives a pretty normal life, with her over protective parents, who worry about her Epilepsy. Life is mundane, until a freak incident, where she finds a photo of her younger self with a weird inscription on the back. She goes to investigate, following her intuition and a thirst for solving puzzles to find out what exactly her father is up to.
She goes against her better judgement, manages to let herself into the apartment of the infamous Nikola Tesla, a once genius scientist where she finds a hidden corridor and inadvertently brings home an egg shaped object. Since this event, weird things start to happen to Lucy, she is super charged with electrical currents and she feels both scared and excited about what she may have unlocked.
Lucy is in danger though, who is a protector and who is a killer? Lucy cannot tell or trust anyone. What do her powers unlock and how can she use the Tesla Egg to find the truth?
This is an easy book to read and ideal for a teenage bookworm. It does start fairly predictably…a mundane, bright student, who is bored with her life, which then becomes super charged and changes in behaviour. The adventure then transforms with Lucy not knowing who she can or cannot trust and the reader follows Lucy’s every move to solve the mystery of Nikola Tesla.
It’s a little quirky and I liked how Perez develops Lucy’s character, along with her best friend Claudia as the novel evolves. It has dark and thrilling moments which keep the reader alert and interested. I was captivated by the chase; who is the one who can protect Lucy.
Perez makes light work of this novel and it has elements similar to Derek Lundy: Skulduggery Series, it enraptures the reader into wanting to solve the mystery and Perez leaves with a suggestion that Lucy could have future adventures.
The Tesla Legacy is published by Tor Teen and is available here.
A native New Yorker, I’m half-Argentine and half-Norwegian, and I’ve spent the past two decades living in Europe and Asia. I have a penchant for non-defanged vampires, fringe science, ice skating, and dulce de leche.
I also hold a PhD in Medieval Literature from the University of Cambridge and have taught at the National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong. As a journalist, I’ve written for many international news outlets covering primarily travel, culture and fine art. To find out more, click here.
These days I live in London where I write both fiction and non-fiction for adults, young adults, and the young at heart!
Reviewed by Amanda Brightman
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