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The Legacy (Declaration) Paperback – 8 Nov 2012
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Thoughtful, gripping - and at times quite frightening (School Librarian)
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One of the best written books of the year(Sunday Telegraph)
So gripping that you will not want to put this novel down. A totally absorbing read! (First News)
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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.
There are flashbacks in this book to more present times, when longevity was first invented and I really enjoyed these scenes as until this point we're only really aware of it's existence and not how it actually came about and the ethical dilemma's it's creator felt were fascinating.I also really liked how we saw the development of the characters from past books; ones whose stories I'd pretty much thought were finished. I continued to like the main characters of peter and Anna, Jude and Sheila, especially as Malley gives each of them flaws, creating shades of grey amongst their beliefs and motives. Richard Pincent becomes even crueler and disturbing, ruthless to the very end.
Like the previous books I found The Legacy an easy and compelling read and was gripped throughout. But then the ending completely threw me and left me feeling a little dissatisfied. There's a major twist, one I certainly didn't see coming yet rather than being bowled over, I kind of felt I should have seen it. While I'd always felt the book was very believable, this twist just didn't ring as true and seemed completely far-fetched. I have to be honest and say by now I was expecting more from this book and for the most part it seemed to deliver. The ending just seemed like a quiet `oh' rather than a breathless `wow'.
Despite this I've no regrets about reading this series. I'm also glad I came to it late, just as the final instalment was released, as this meant I was able to storm through all three books one after the other, which I thought worked very well. At around 250 pages each these are quick, easy and gripping reads but at the same time throw up many questions that will have you pondering long after you've set the book aside. Gemma Malley's vision of the future is dark and scary but not altogether unbelievable and there is a familiarity and currentness to the themes. I would recommend these books highly, in particular the first two of the series, which I thought were fantastic.