Book Review- I Am Legend

Saturday, 11 August 2012
Title: I Am Legend
Author: Richard Matheson
Publication Date: 1954
Pages: 162
Genre: Science fiction, post apocalyptic

Rating: 5/5

A terrible plague decimates the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into bloodthirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is somehow the last living man on Earth.- Goodreads

I loved this book! I absolutely loved it, it's one of the best books I've read this year. It is about a man called Robert who is trying to survive as, he believes, the only man on earth, in a world of vampires.
The plot was quick paced, with lots of twists which made it very difficult to put it down, and so I read it in one day.
This book was a refreshing read, with vampires being the evil creatures they were imagined to be and not the brooding love interests they are in YA novels at the moment. I really enjoyed being scared and having the characters in the book being scared, (and not attracted to) the vampires in this novel.
The biological part of the novel was great, with Matheson doing a lot of research into how a virus like this could spread. I also thought this idea was an interesting twist on the usual being bitten is what turns you into a vampire story, and I enjoyed reading and learning about this virus.
The main character is called Robert Neville and we start the novel with him having survived as the only man on earth for around 3 months. He shows great resilience to have survived this far and great inteligence to have defended himself and his house against the vampires. I really liked Robert's character as I found him likeable and someone I could realte to. I also liked that he had some flaws and weaknesses which made sure he was different from the monsters outside. I also liked that we got some background information about Robert, but only in small pieces as we went through the story, not all told to us at the beginning. This meant you weren't sure of things until they were clarified later on in the story.
The story is written in first person terms from Robert Nevile's point of view. This allows you to see exactly what Robert is thinking and increases how you feel about him and how well you know him. I liked this style of writing as I felt like it added more to the novel, with you seeing this crazy vampire infested world through a average human's eyes.
Overall I would definitely recommend this novel for all sci-fi fans, as it is a classic novel that will appeal to fans of dystopian novels and traditional creepy vampires. 


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