The Legacy

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When a Pincent Pharmaceutical van is ambushed by the rebel group known as the Underground, its contents come as a huge surprise-not drugs, but corpses in a horrible state. It appears that the pharmaceutical company's top drug, Longevity-which is supposed to eradicate disease and ensure eternal life-isn't living up to its promises. Now a virus is sweeping the country, killing hundreds in its wake, and Longevity is powerless to fight it. But when the unscrupulous head of Pincent claims that the Underground is ...

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Overview

When a Pincent Pharmaceutical van is ambushed by the rebel group known as the Underground, its contents come as a huge surprise-not drugs, but corpses in a horrible state. It appears that the pharmaceutical company's top drug, Longevity-which is supposed to eradicate disease and ensure eternal life-isn't living up to its promises. Now a virus is sweeping the country, killing hundreds in its wake, and Longevity is powerless to fight it. But when the unscrupulous head of Pincent claims that the Underground is responsible for releasing the virus, it's up to Peter, Anna, and their friends to alert the world to the terrifying truth behind Longevity before it's too late.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Catherine Gilmore-Clough
Discovering a way to circumvent death does not lead to a carefree paradise in Malley's The Legacy. Instead the world is a dystopia where children are outlawed, resources are scarce, and the inoculated population is unprepared for a mutating virus. One hundred and seventeen years after Albert Fern creates a drug that seems to promise eternal life, people are dying and the drug Longevity is no longer the panacea it was once thought to be. While the government struggles to hide the numbers of sickening and dying citizens, the Resistance—those who reject the unnatural existence of eternal life—fights to seize the opportunity to expose the government as a corrupt, deceitful overseer. The third and final entry in the series that includes The Declaration (Bloomsbury, 2007/VOYA December 2007) and The Resistance (Bloomsbury, 2008/VOYA October 2008) works fairly well as a stand-alone story. A prologue competently sets the scene and, although Malley does not spend much time world building, enough details are included in the story line to inform readers without bogging down the pacing. Aside from Jude, however, the focus of most of this book, there is not quite enough background and development among the members of the Resistance to make their interpersonal dynamics as compelling as they are important to the story line. Still, those looking for a suspenseful, dystopian read will be satisfied, and fans of the series will be "dying" to get their hands on this. Reviewer: Catherine Gilmore-Clough
Kirkus Reviews

This conclusion to the trilogy that began with Declaration (2007) carries two simple lessons: "Richard Pincent was the most evil man in the whole world" and "a world full of old people completely sucked." The immortality drug Longevity might no longer be working. Though the dastardly Richard Pincent, owner of Longevity, spreads wild tales about Underground terrorists poisoning the Longevity supply, teenage revolutionaries (and Richard's grandsons) Peter and Jude know it's not true. But certainly something is killing Legal people, despite the drug that should be keeping them safe in their placid, middle-class boredom. Perhaps they rely too much on wicked medicine and not enough on Nature's own beautiful circle of life? Peter and Jude frantically attempt to prove their heroism, but events are far beyond their control. Ironically, it's not the young heroes but the generation of those who "outstay their welcome" who will bring about the new Eden: a nearly depopulated, post-pandemic, technophobic farming world. Any subtlety the earlier books may have enjoyed is lost in what is now a straightforward thriller. (Science fiction. 11-13)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599905679
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Series: Declaration Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 703,333
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gemma Malley studied philosophy at Reading University before working as a journalist. She is the author of The Declaration, The Resistance, and the stand-alone novel The Returners. She lives in London with her family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Grabbed and Held On

    Imagine a world where no one ever dies. What would happen? Well, overcrowding, first of all. Eventually having children would be - outlawed. Which is where this book begins.

    MC is a young girl who never should have been born - her parents had her after the drug making everyone immortal was pretty much forced on the population.

    I won't give a lot away, but basically this book is about something deep inside screaming that something is wrong even when the law of the land says it's right - and doing something about it, even when no one else has the nerve.

    The world pulled me in and caught me, and I devoured it rather than reading it. 5 stars, highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    ReViEw

    Wow um there arent very many reviews. So i havent read this book yet but the series is pretty good. I just think it could have had a bit more action i guess. Not very much happens. And although i do enjoy happy books, this series would have been better if more happened. But it was still a good series.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    awesome

    i read the declaration, the resistance, the returners, and now the legacy. these are the best books i have rwad in my whole life. when i read the i cant stop till i finish. nothing will ever beat these books.

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