The Legacy by Gemma Malley
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
Released: September 6th 2011
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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)
The Legacy is a truly thrilling conclusion to The Declaration series, which I have enjoyed from the start. The book begins with a flashback that explains how longevity was discovered, and then reverts back to the present, where we find out how Jude, Sheila, Peter and Anna have been coping since the last book. Peter and Anna and have been hiding out in the Scottish countryside while the Underground have been monitoring Pincent Pharma. But recently, things have been changing. People have been taken away from their homes in the middle of the night. Others have collapsed in shops or at work and have never been seen again. Rumours are spreading that the missing aren’t just missing – they’re dead. Richard Pincent is determined to quash the rumours and won’t give up until he finds the true secret of eternal life. But does it really exist?
The Legacy, for me, was probably the best book in the series. I loved the first one, but wasn’t too impressed with The Resistance. However, The Legacy really made up for it; we got to see from multiple point of views in this book, and a lot centred around Jude, which I really enjoyed because I felt we didn’t really get to know him in the previous book. His relationship with Sheila, who has grown up a lot, though is still looking for her parents, was explored and we also got to see how he viewed Pip as almost a father figure, who he was determined to impress. I think Jude was probably my favourite because despite his constant need to try and outdo his brother, he seemed the most like his age, and went through real teen frustrations as well as all the must-save-the-world problems stacked on top. Anna and Peter (and Molly, the new addition to their family) took to the sidelines in this book but I didn’t feel this was a problem and, in fact, I think we got to learn a little more about their characters; for example, Peter’s need to be doing something constructive, and Anna’s overprotective nature.
One thing that is to be commended is the actual plot. From the first page I knew, I absolutely knew, that Richard Pincent would be desperately searching for this formula of eternal life. And even though I knew this, I could never have guessed what was going to happen. And just when you think you’ve got something figured out, BAM! Plot twist. The epilogue was amazing. It was so clever, and so well thought-out that it made me smile. Gemma Malley, in my opinion, has left the ending slightly open, and I’m hoping one day she might return to this series. But for now, I’m very satisfied with the ending. There are a few things that are left to your imagination, but apart from that, all the loose ends were tied up.
In conclusion, The Legacy was an exciting, fast-paced read, and great ending to a wonderful series. It was full of action, surprise turn if events and even had a little bit of romance. So, to anyone who hasn’t read this series yet, what are you waiting for? Get started!