Review: The Tesla Legacy by K.K. Perez

The Tesla Legacy

Publisher: Tor Teen
Author: K.K. Perez
Release: March 12th 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of The Tesla Legacy through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Tesla Legacy is the debut novel of K.K. Perez. The title will probably give you a bit of an idea of what is in store, which is something I love about it. The novel follows young Lucy Phelps as the unbelievable happens to her. Lucy finds herself in a mystery of epic proportions, and she’s at the center of it all.

This novel is a young adult novel, but it’s also very satisfyingly a science fiction novel. It’s fast-paced, quirky, and a lot of fun to read. Lucy’s character is charismatic and stubborn, not to mention driven.

One of the best parts about this novel is the positivity it shows towards STEM. Lucy is a brilliant scientist, and while she’s young, she’s never discouraged from her passions. Not in any professional manner, at least. It’s heartening to see.

Spoiler Warning

The Tesla Legacy was such a fun read. Blending actual science with science fiction is always a great call, but putting a young teenager at the helm really made this novel stand out. Lucy’s character made it easy to become invested in the plot on multiple levels.

I loved the steady buildup that occurred in this novel. Right away we had an idea of what was to come, if for no other reason than the title. But doesn’t mean we knew how it was going to happen. The subtleties were perfect, and honestly it worked well with Lucy’s driven nature at multiple points.

Speaking of Lucy, I feel like most of us could use somebody like her in our lives. She’s driven and knows what she wants to do with her life. She’s also loyal to a fault – even when it frequently forces her to turn a blind eye on what is really happening around her.

The plot quickly progressed from this teenage curiosity to a full scale conspiracy in the blink of an eye. It made sense, once you start poking large organizations like that you’re going to garner attention very quickly…and you may not enjoy that so much.

I think I only had two major complaints about this novel. The first is how a young science – any young scientist – could possibly not know who Nikola Tesla is. This fact is made harder to grasp when you consider that Lucy’s study involves Edison and electricity. I suppose we could argue that her parents intentionally hid everything Tesla from her…but that doesn’t fit in well with her character. We’re talking about a character with a drive to learn – she would have come across his name at some point, right? Regardless of the reasoning behind it, that moment did break the emersion for me a little bit. Though I was able to sink back into the novel with time.

My second complaint is less of a complaint, and a very emotional opinion of a character. Cole is a turd. Sorry, but he totally is. Lucy is a good person for wanting him to have a second chance in life; because if you ask me he had a second and a third chance well before and totally blew it. Especially when he risked other people’s opportunities in life for his own gain. To put it simply, I don’t think Cole deserved that extra chance. So he’s lucky that Lucy is a kinder person than I am.

Other than those parts, I really enjoyed the Tesla Legacy. It was a fun read and full of mysteries and adventure. The characters were emotionally compelling, even if I didn’t always like them, and the plot itself was strong and intriguing.

I’ll be curious to see what the following novels will be named, and what will end up happening in them. I’ll have to be patient and wait for more information though, sadly.


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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