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The Legacy [Hardcover]

Gemma Malley
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6 Sep 2010
When a Pincent Pharma lorry is ambushed by the Underground, its contents come as a huge surprise - not drugs but corpses in a horrible state. It appears Longevity isn't working and the drugs that are supposed to guarantee eternal youth are failing to live up to their promise. A virus is sweeping the country, killing many in its wake, and Longevity is powerless to fight it. When Richard Pincent of Pincent Pharma suggests that the Underground has released the virus, something has to be done to alert everyone to the truth and put the story straight once and for all.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (6 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408800896
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408800898
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gemma Malley is an award-winning author. She lives in London with her husband and three young children. You can visit her online at

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`Thoughtful, gripping - and at times quite frightening' --School Librarian

`Malley's new novel finally clinches the argument as to the merits, or otherwise, of longevity and eternal life. Initially, a world, in which illness and disease have become things of the past may have such attractions as to seem beyond criticism: but what is to happen when the longevity-inducing drugs begin to lose their potency? Malley's response is to create one of the most cleverly constructed `David against Goliath, Good against Evil' confrontations in young adult dystopian fiction, the main strength of which lies in the richness and the humanity of its characterisation'
--School Librarian

'So gripping that you will not want to put this novel down. A totally absorbing read!'
--First News

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The thrilling conclusion to the brilliant dystopian trilogy that began with The Declaration. For fans of The Hunger Games --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome conclusion to a series 28 Aug 2010
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This series blew me away when I first read it. The entire concept was awesome. The world seems ideal - no one dies as drugs have been developed meaning that no one gets old, or ill and can live forever. As a price for eternal life people are no longer allowed to have children unless they opt out of the drugs. The first two books look in more depth at this world and what happens to those children who are born illegally. The are awesome - if you haven't had a chance to read them do so.

This book starts off with the revelation that the drugs that have been produced to grant eternal life are no longer working and deals with the fallout as more and more people die. The whole incident is blamed on the underground contaimnating drugs when in fact the drugs themselves have stopped working as they have been copied time and time again from an original sample.

I don't want to go into much detail as it will spoil the first two books in the series as well as this one but I wanted to put a brief review on to say that this book ties up the entire series excellently. I loved the political background of the story and love the underground and how they fight back in a society where they are villianised. I didn't see the twists coming at all and was very very satisfied with the ending. The best thing about this series is that it is quite realistic and you could almost imagine it happening, especially the ideas that the world is overcrowded and all the natural resources such as food and petrol have run out.

A fab series which doesn't receive the recognition it should - if you haven't read it do so (especially if you like your dsytopian fiction). A real gem!

I am probably going to reread the entire series and then edit this review once I've read them all back to back as it has been a while since I've read book 1 and 2.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it 6 Nov 2011
By Jade
I read the first book in this series a couple of years ago and so until I started The Legacy I actually couldn't remember much about them. To me, The Declaration was the first dystopian book I ever read (though I never knew what the genre was called back then) and so holds a special place in my heart. It was because of that that was both really happy and a little worried when I received this book in the post, feeling scared that I may be let down, after all, I have higher expectations now than I did when I was eighteen.

This book didn't really let me down, nor did it exceed my expectations. It wasn't absolutely amazing, but it was a great read and although I wasn't totally absorbed by the story I still enjoyed the story enough to keep reading until the end. I'd always wondered how Malley was going to solve the issue of longevity and while the ending wasn't the one that I was expecting , it was still a good ending and a great solution. It really did leave a bittersweet feeling, which is how I like my dystopians to be - hard-hitting.

I do feel as though this whole series was maybe aimed at a slightly younger audience as, even though The Legacy has the characters a little older and wiser and has this bittersweet feel to it, it isn't as hard hitting as some of the other dystopians out there like, say, The Hunger Games or Blood Red Road. That's not to say that this is a bad thing though - The Legacy puts across the moral in a great way without being too gritty and too preachy.

It was great to revisit the characters, but I couldn't really connect with them, maybe this is because of the scene switching, which meant that we never really saw enough of one character to empathise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 25 Mar 2012
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It was such a good book that was an incredible ending to the trilogy. It was thought provoking and I never managed to put it down! An excellent read and I'd happily recommend all the books to anyone! (:
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4.0 out of 5 stars To conclude.. 8 Jan 2011
By SC.17
'The Legacy' The last installment of this series. In short It was a good read, The twists and turns were unexpected and I couldn't put it down, Slight downside to that was the book was only 272 pages long so only took 2 days to read (then again im a pretty fast reader) I thought the balance of action and drama was the best out of all three books. In this book we got to see more into the workings of the underground who are fighting a society that wants to live forever, and stop regeneration. It was an alternative view point compared to the previous books as it was less concentrated on Anna and Peter (don't worry they are still very involved)
This story works so well as it is so beliveable, a world where science has developed so much that it can now prevent people from death, the final hurdle. The way in which Malley writes makes you picture and imagine this world, the fact it is based in the UK (instead of america) made this series stand out for me. The characterisation is excellent and have been developed fully by this last book, which reached a very satisfying conclusion. The only criticism i can make is that i wished it had been longer... Well worth reading, make sure you read the first two beforehand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The declaration series 10 Jun 2014
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This series is AMAZING!!! I couldn't stop reading and every night,I read until 2 in the morning. This is the best series I've read, and I have already recommended it to so many people. I was so upset to find that there wasn't another book after the legacy. If you are a big fan of divergent, then I thoroughly recommend this incredible book. There are some seriously tense moments and the book is so GRIPPING!!!!

Adi T
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good book. brilliant storey
Published 5 days ago by misty
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
it radiated suspend with a shocking twist at the end
and keeps you hooked and begging for more even more
Published 14 days ago by Thursten Clements
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I would highly recommend this book couldn't put it down loved the story .
recommend for all ages. young and elderly .
Published 5 months ago by claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant end to a brilliant trilogy!
Just finished this, the final book in The Declaration Series.
Fantastic Trilogy with a brilliant and totally unexpected twist at the end. Read more
Published 5 months ago by HayleyP
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
This is great, entertaining book. It came in a perfect condition (no little folds or creases, etc.) and makes a great read!
Published 6 months ago by abby
5.0 out of 5 stars the legacy
Very good read highly recommended by me and many others is not just a young adults book it is good for all
Published 6 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book
I really enjoyed reading the last of these books. The characters were believable and the story line kept you hooked. I'd love to see these books made into a film
Published 6 months ago by Corina Antcliff
4.0 out of 5 stars Good not great...
Whilst this book has all the qualities to be amazing there are some aspects which are just too easy to foresee, & I'd rather have been shocked by the plot... Read more
Published 6 months ago by kay
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series!
Really enjoyed this series. Would read other books by this author. If you enjoy the dystopian genre I'd recommend this book.
Published 7 months ago by L_McC
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