Monday, 6 January 2014

"I am legend" by Richard Matheson

Title: I Am Legend
Author: Richard Matheson
Publisher: Orion Books Ltd


Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth . . . but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville's blood.

By day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilisation. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

How long can one man survive like this?


Robert Neville has survived the plague that has turned the rest of humanity into vampires. Initially at the loss of his wife and daughter, Robert turns to the bottle. He hunts down vampires during the day and cowers in his house at night. As time progresses, he hunts to find a cure rather than simply trying to survive in this new world. By the end of the book, we find he is the last known human, "a legend", in the new vampire world.


Nothing like the film staring Will Smith, but really helps to explain things. In the film I thought they were types of Zombie, silly me. At about 160 pages, this was an enjoyable read, but a little monotonous in places. Honestly the film is a better story.

Rating: 4/5

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