Book Review: I am Legend

Author: Richard Matheson, first published: 1954

161 pages

Genre: Science Fiction/Horror

Favourite quote:

“He stood there for a moment looking around the silent room, shaking his head slowly. All these books, he thought, the residue of a planet’s intellect, the scrapings of futile minds, the leftovers, the potpourri of artifacts that had no power to save men from perishing.”

Why did I pick this book?

I’m sure most people that read this book have seen the Will Smith film, thought the concept sounded intriguing & then picked up the book. That’s exactly what I did anyway. Isn’t it funny that we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic & yet we find books/films to read of a similar topic. Almost like we’re looking for a further clarification of what the hell is happening. I picked this book up to actually try & find some outstanding answers I had on the back of the I am Legend film (2007)… oh silly me!

What I liked about this book

I thought the book started off well, lone survivor of some sort of pandemic that has gripped the world & turned people into ‘Vampires’. The book is solely written from the main character Robert Neville’s point of view & due to the setting of the book it is mostly an internal monologue of Nevilles thoughts. Rightly so this guy reaches a dark place & I enjoyed that the book followed Neville’s battle with humanity and/or succumbing to this new violent world he found himself in. My favourite chapter throughout the whole book was the one where he found a dog & the hope it brought him. I didn’t want that chapter to end!

What I didn’t like

Honestly. I didn’t like the style of writing too much. Whilst the book was 161 pages I found it was an effort to get through. The pace considering the length of book was slow. I also found the book left me with questions. It skipped so much that could have been so interesting to read. I really enjoyed the small insight you got into Neville’s story just as this germ was taking over & how the world was reacting to it. I was hoping for more flashbacks like this throughout the book but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Finally, because the book did leave me asking why a lot, it also made me feel like I was constantly missing something. I found myself questioning whether I really understood what was happening to the point that when I finally finished reading I found myself googling the book to make sure I understood it. I’m sure you aren’t meant to feel that way when you get to the end of a book?!

Book vs Film

Well, what can I say. I feel like the film & book share a title & a dog. That’s about it. Not too sure why you’d bother saying the film is based on the book when it’s so different!! I personally preferred the film.

Overall I gave this book 2.5⭐️. I just don’t think this book was for me. I can imagine when it was first released how amazing this would have been but it just didn’t hit the right note with me.

Have you read this book?? What did you think? Let me know in the comments as it would be great to chat about it.

What’s next?

I’m probably going to pick up Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella again as I started that earlier this week & haven’t touched it since. It’ll be nice to read something light hearted as everything I’ve read so far this year has been a little bit on the darker side 😊

In case you missed them here are some of posts I’ve shared over the last week ❤️

Kim xxx

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