Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson
Published November 30th 2014
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Bought it
Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the new story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are hired by I3 (Innovative Information Incorporated) to recover a corpse stolen from the local morgue. But there’s a catch. The corpse is that of a pioneer in the field of experimental biotechnology, a man whose work concerned the use of the human body as a massive storage device. He may have embedded something in the cells of his now dead body. And that something might be dangerous…
What follows is a visionary thriller about the potential uses of technology, the mysteries of the human personality, and the ancient human need to believe that death is not the end. Legion: Skin Deep is speculative fiction at it most highly developed. It reaffirms Sanderson’s place as one of contemporary fiction’s most intelligent—and unpredictable—voices.
This book follows Stephen Leeds in a new mission after Legion. This time he has to discover the body of a scientist that disappeared mysteriously from the morgue.
Stephen Leeds is a brilliant main character. I love all the aspects and specially liked to see Aubrey involved in this mission. She spiked my curiosity in the last book and I was happy to see that she was going to be a part of this one. J. C., Ivy and Tobias participated in the mission, too, as they did in the first book. I love to read the aspects’ interactions and Stephen fascinated me.
Now, the plot. I preferred the plot of this second book. Because it was longer, the story had more depth and made it possible for the readers to get to know all the characters a bit better. I wished there were more books of the series but, sadly, I think this is going to be the last one.
Rating: 4 stars