Book Review, Read-A-Series September, Young Adult

Book Review: The Legacy by Gemma Malley

* Warning…this is a review of the third and final book in a series and it’s inevitable there will be spoilers of the previous two books if you haven’t already read them *

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 promising eternal youth are failing to live up to their promises. A virus is sweeping the country, killing in its wake, and Longevity is powerless to fight it. When Richard Pincent of Pincent Pharma suggest that the Underground has released the virus, something has to be done to put the story straight and once and for all alert everyone to the truth. (from Goodreads.Com)
In the final instalment of Gemma Malley’s dystopian series where the cure to old age appears to have been found and children are now forbidden, we’re plunged into a situation, which of course was always inevitable. The wonder drug Longevity isn’t working anymore and worldwide catastrophe is just around the corner. A super bug is sweeping across the world and Longevity can’t fight it this time.While it seemed a foregone conclusion that at some point the drugs promising eternal life were going to fail, Malley still provides a shocking and twist filled plot that once again had me hooked. 
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. 


Review of The Declaration, review of The Resistance


Published in the UK by Bloomsbury September 2010


Thanks to the Publishers for sending me this copy for review.


Read as part of Read-A-Series in September



3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Legacy by Gemma Malley”

  1. I really agree with you re. the ending. I saw the twist coming, and didn't mind that but found the epilogue-ish portion a little underwhelming. And confusing. I mean, what was with the last few lines? Was that a sinister omen for the future? I have no idea!

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  2. Ooh I'm desperate to read The Legacy! I liked the other two in the series but I haven't got round to this one yet. Maybe I'll re-read the others first before I start :p. Thanks for the review!

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