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The Legacy (The Declaration #3)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  3,215 ratings  ·  261 reviews
When a Pincent Pharma lorry is ambushed by underground activists, its contents come as a huge surprise - not drugs, but decomposing corpses. It appears Longevity isn't working and the drugs promising eternal youth are failing. A virus is sweeping the country, killing in its wake, and Longevity is powerless to fight it.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 6th 2010 by Bloomsbury
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Emily May
So, this is the end of the Declaration series as it currently stands and I found The Legacy to be a moving and befitting ending to a series that has kept me on my toes, questioned philosophical and ethical matters and delivered them in Gemma Malley's beautiful writing.

However, it has to be said that the first three quarters of the novel would have given it three stars. I did enjoy the story and the development of Jude but it didn't have the panic and urgency that the other two books did, I found
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Kaylin Behrens
It was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ...more
Lauren
Aug 17, 2012 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
The thing with this “Declaration” trilogy is that it is brilliant. In a world were everyone is kept young, children are unwanted and chased down. And with this amazing conclusion, Gemma Malley signs the most brilliant and clever books I’ve ever read.
“The Legacy” is one of the kind : after all that happened during the first two books, you skip a year in Anna and Peter’s time.

And I’m confused.

I really am. I don’t know how to built this review because I’m so shattered by this book. I don’t want
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Jordan
THE LEGACY est une lecture hyper prenante ! J'ai adoré ce troisième volet ! Les héros sont toujours aussi attachants, les rebondissements s'entrechoquent sans arrêt, les enjeux sont de plus en plus élevés... Bref, tout est mis en place pour nous garder en haleine et nous captiver de la première à la dernière page.
L'ambiance est ULTRA saisissante. On veut toujours en savoir plus, recevoir plus d'explications, être immergés un peu plus dans ce monde utopique en apparence et pourtant destructeur et
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La république des livres
Ce livre est le troisième tome d’une trilogie que j’aime beaucoup.

Dans ce roman, il n’y a pas un seul personnage central comme dans les deux tomes précédents à savoir Anna et Peter. Ici, ces deux personnages sont bien sur présents, mais il y a aussi d’autres points de vue comme Jude, le demi-frère de Peter et Richard, le PDG de Pincent Pharma, la firme qui fabrique les pilules de Longévité.

Le fait d’alterner plusieurs points de vue nous permet d’avoir plusieurs révélations sur la longévité. On c
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Emma (BelleBooks)
This is the third and sadly the last book in Gemma Malley's Declaration trilogy.

I loved this book as much as loved the previous two books in this series, in my opinion Gemma Malley is a brilliant author. She can make her characters come to life on the pages, and make the reader feel exactly what the characters feel.

This book follows on from where we left Peter and Anna in The Resistance. They are now hidden away with their small family, working and living off the land. The first part of the book
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Whitney
I finished reading this book and The Resistance in two days. The concept {a super virus emerging that none of the Legals immune system can handle} was such an interesting premis, not to mention a logical one. The lengths that Pincet Pharma goes to cover up the drugs failings was also interesting and a plot twist I found believable.

The characters {though they are teenagers} are so petulant, moody and emotional. Jude in the corner brooding away at his computer and mooning {inexplicably} over Shel
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Cornmaven
I didn't read the second book of this trilogy but that really didn't affect this because the author spends a lot of time in the beginning recapping both books. I usually like dystopian worlds where society is strictly controlled, with the small band of brothers resistance group fighting the control and trying to get the world back to a more realistic vision of humanity. But not this one.

This is definitely a plot driven book, with pretty wooden and stereotypical characters. No one's very complex.
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Izzy
A fantastic and perfect ended to the Declaration.

This book kept me entertained the whole way through with non-stop action, suspense, and included the perfect ending.

In the year 2142, Longevity (a drug that renews old cells turning them into younger cells/making people immortal) is still being released at Pincent Pharma. The resistence (a secret orginization of people who despise Longevity and what it brought to the world.) is still in persuit of getting rid of it. But, now, a new virus is upri
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Cassidy
The first book in the series was definately the best. All the books are great but i think that the books lacked the thrill of the first book. They were definately ggod though. I still got really excited about the two ending scenes, they were great! I definately loved the ending though i love it when authors end stories like that! No i am not talking about the books that stop dead in their tracks and make you run to the nearest book store only to find the sequels not out yet :( I love it when the ...more
Caro Guajardo
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Esto fue sinceramente una excelente historia! LO JURO!
OHH DIOS MIO!!!! CASI ME DA UN MINI-INFARTOOOO!!
ok, empezare por el principio...
Bien, todos tienen ya su vida, dos años después de que inicio "La Declaración (libro)", Anna con su bebé Molly, con su hermanito Ben, de tres años y Peter, juntos en Escocia, alejados de la Sociedad. Jude en el Subterráneo con Sheila (LO ADMITO! SIEMPRE TE ODIE, SIEMPRE LO HICE, DESDE EL PRIMER LIBRO! Y LUEGO CUANDO ME DI CUENTA QUE NUNCA CAMBIARÍAS Y Q
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Whispering Words...
‘The Legacy’ is the third and final book in Gemma Malley’s declaration series and I must admit, although it tied up all the loose ends and finished on a good and surprising note, I thought the story itself was pretty average. While the book was interesting, I just couldn’t get into it and the characters felt a little hollow to me. However having said that this book is aimed at younger teens and I think that’s why the romantic and emotional aspects of the book were lacking in depth.

Yet I still lo
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Emma
A couple of days ago, I borrowed The Legacy from the library. Yes, I quite judged the book by it's cover. I had never heard of Gemma Malley and didn't notice it was a series until the final page told me I could 'Experience Anna and Peter's [story] from the very start'. There's a sticker which might cover the 'part 3' section, but if that's not the case, shame on you, cover designer!

That being said, the book was easy to follow. It summarized all events from previous books adequately enough for m
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Sandra
This book is a spectacular finale to the world created by Gemma Malley, but leaves many questions unanswered, at the end. Many of the characters went through personality changes that made them better. Personally, Anna is my favorite character. The ease with which she takes on the role of mother. I also love her relationship with Peter. Sheila was my least favorite character. I think she should have been grateful for being saved, and her whining all the time is really annoying. I don't see what J ...more
Cassandra Fellows
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Contains spoilers for earlier books in the trilogy.

The Declaration Trilogy reaches its conclusion in this book. Peter and Anna are in hiding with their daughter Molly and Anna’s little brother Ben. Jude and Pip are still working in London, with the Underground, to bring down Richard Pincent and Pincent Pharma and Peter is itching to get back in the fight. Out in the world there are people dying and Ric
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xxjust-being-mexx
I loved this finale to the series. It was honestly awesome. Especially the ending when everything unravels. Oh My Gosh!! I love Jude! He is a really good guy even though his jealousy was a bit too much. And I seriously feel sorry for Mrs Pincent. The thing is you always wish for the good people to live forever but sadly they can't. It hurts but it is true. However some things in the book confuse me like why Richard Pincent would still take longevity knowing that there is a virus in it? And I won ...more
Marcia
I loved The Declaration series a lot, and The Legacy is a great final installment in my opinion. The writing from Gemma Malley is beautiful and the books are impossible to put down. I can't wait to read more books from this author :)

The plot twist towards the ending was really good; I didn't see it coming at all. But I didn't like everything about the ending.. (view spoiler)
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Sophie Hanson
The concept is good- it is thought provoking and lends itself to storytelling. However Malley's writing style and character portrayal lets it down. The writing lacks depth, Malley attempts to convey settings and the seriousness of situations but doesn't create a compelling enough suspended reality. The characters are also difficult to identify with as not enough time is spent with them or developing them. Their actions' and their depictions' are frustrating making it hard to form any connection ...more
Elizabeth Emily Browne
Okay so being the idiot that I am I read this book on its own without reading the others first because I didn't realise it was a trilogy till it was too late. So obviously I can only review this as a stand alone book.

However I loved this book. I loved the premise and concept of this book. The story line was epic. At first I was confused ( I know understand that was my fault not the books) however this book really works whether as a stand alone or with others. I also really liked the characters
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Samantha Ortega
J'avoue que j'ai été agréablement surprise en retrouvant ce livre dans ma PAL parce que j'avais vraiment apprécié les deux premiers. Je m'étais prise d'affection pour Anna et surtout pour Peter, mais également pour les personnages secondaires qu'on découvre dans le deuxieme tome. Ici, nous sommes un an après la fin du deuxième tome, dans cette société où seuls les personnes profitant de la Longévité ont des droits. Les Surplus sont toujours traité avec autant de mépris par les Légaux et la Résis ...more
Zara
Apr 22, 2015 Zara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the series...
This book started off really slow, but towards the end, I was struggling to keep up with its amazing twists and turns, the action and the way that I was hooked.

Once again, this book answers an important question which is "What happens when a pill that guarantees an eternal disease-free life fails?" What I love about this series is the way that it makes one think about long life and its consequences.

What made me enjoy this book even more was the the way the author used multiple POV's to create a
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Jen
While I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first two, the conclusion to this trilogy was good. Gemma Malley's story of a society in which a drug has been created that allows people to live forever, but also forces them to sign a declaration stating they agree to not have children is an interesting and disturbing concept that makes for a good read. As the story unfolds, we meet the surplus children who are illegal and are forced to work in surplus houses being emotionally and physically abused ...more
Tia
I'm still reading this book as I write this review. I'm close to 60 pages into the book and so far it's pretty decent. In fact more so, way better than the first two.

My only issue right now is Peter's hero complex. He needs to let it go, be a hero and protect his growing family. NOT go chasing after the action. It drives me mad when people write male characters like this. It takes more of a hero and a man to stick around and be a father, than it does for anything else. (Sorry pet peeve)

Okay so L
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Becky
A virus has beat Longevity, the drug that was suppose to make everyone live forever. Now people are dieing again, and no one wants to admit it. Meanwhile, Peter, Anna, Jude, and Shelia are struggling to find where they fit in this new world. Can Anna actually protect her daughter and little brother? Does Jude have a place in the underground since he feels like he has no self worth? And can Peter live a settle hidden life when all he knows is the fight?


I thought this was the best book in the seri
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Angie
I think this is probably the weakest book of the trilogy. The story really didn't seem connected and it was pretty slow-moving. The characters, even though we knew them from the other books, seemed really wooden and poorly written here. While I could see where Malley was going at the end it didn't make as much sense as I had hoped the conclusion of this series would. The whole Derek/Pip storyline was just strange and why they needed to wait 100 years to complete "the circle of life" is beyond me ...more
Barbara
First I admit I never read the first two books in the series, but I found it hard to accept the characters as real and as young adults. The premise is good, in a world where people never age there is little or no room for children. And the man who owns the anti-aging formula, Richard Pincent, becomes almost godlike. So when people start dying from a mysterious illness and he blames the resistance for it, even long-time supporters drop away, leaving the resistance movement in trouble. As illegal ...more
Megan

I've got a lot of problems with the book.
Lets start with Peter and Anna. And their offspring. I was mad that Anna and Peter didn't get a bigger part in this last book because the first two were mainly about them. When Anna and Peter did get their share of the spotlight, it was just them going on a picnic...or going on the computer....or taking care of their kids. I don't even like the kids. I find it a bit odd that Anna and Peter are parents at that age (15 and 16) anyway. And you can tell that
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Kaitlyn
Crossposted at Double Trouble Book Reviews

As I read this book, I realized something. It's only the male characters who seem to have a mind for saving everything. Both Sheila and Anna contributed to the story in a way that portrayed them as weak (although Sheila was pretty cunning when she tricked Jude into letting her use his computer). Anna just seemed like a petulant, too-young mother who went into a frenzy when her child(ren) was threatened. Sheila didn't think of the big picture, and wanted
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Liz
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 take ...more
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