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The Legacy (The Declaration #3)

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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
Feb 09, 2011 Emily May rated it really liked it
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
Kaylin Behrens
Apr 14, 2014 Kaylin Behrens rated it it was amazing
It was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ...more
The Legacy brengt een zeer slimme en spannende ontknoping voor The Declarationtrilogie van Gemma Malley. Zowel de geschetste toekomst als het plot zitten vol details en onverwachte twists, waardoor het verhaal spannend doch realistisch is. De personages zijn levensecht, maar af en toe een beetje vermoeiend in hun ouderwetse opvattingen. Met uitzonderingen van de epiloog - die me stiekem een beetje droevig achterliet - vond ik dit een zeer sterk en onverwacht einde. Een heerlijk vlot geschreven t ...more
Nov 14, 2012 Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kate Bird
Apr 12, 2015 Kate Bird rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 3.5 but it was a good ending to what's been an enjoyable trilogy.
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
Kirsty (overflowing library)
Jun 13, 2010 Kirsty (overflowing library) rated it really liked it
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This series blew me away when I first read it. The entire concept was awesome. The world seems ideal - no one dies as drugs have been developed meaning that no one gets old, or ill and can live forever. As a price for eternal life people are no longer allowed to have children unless they opt out of the drugs. The first two books look in more depth at this world and what happens to those children who are born illegally. The are awesome - if you haven't had a chance to read them do so.

This book st
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
Emma (BelleBooks)
Jan 19, 2011 Emma (BelleBooks) rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 01, 2011 Cornmaven rated it it was ok
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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.
Nov 07, 2010 Izzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Cassandra Fellows
Jul 17, 2012 Cassandra Fellows rated it really liked it
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Basic Info

Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Young Adult; Dystopia
Reason For Reading: Finish series

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: No
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 1.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 6
Plot: 6
Characters: 4
World Building: 5
Flow: 6
Series Congruity: 7
Writing: 6
Ending: 8

Total: 6

In Depth

Best Part:
The twist!
Worst Part: Peter, Shelia, Anna....
Thoughts Had: That was a go
Rachel Fisher
May 29, 2012 Rachel Fisher rated it really liked it
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Caro Guajardo
Jul 30, 2014 Caro Guajardo rated it it was amazing
Esto fue sinceramente una excelente historia! LO JURO!
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
Jan 14, 2017 Alexis rated it really liked it
really liked it and the twist at the end.... :)
Rebecca- Books
Oct 03, 2010 Rebecca- Books rated it it was amazing
Okay so normally people post 'In My Mailbox' on a Sunday but well I finished this one this morning so too bad. Bad timing I guess but oh well.
This is the last one in the amazing dystopian trilogy of The Declaration series involving a future Earth without disease and death. Bit different, right?
Of course, I might have spoilers in here for those that haven't read the last two books so...if you haven't, go to my review on the first book, The Declaration or the second, The Resistance.

Synopsis: Long
Jun 16, 2012 Lily rated it it was ok
This is going to be more of a review of the complete trilogy than of this instalment.

I've bought and read the whole trilogy, and I certainly admire Malley's world-building and the initial concept of this trilogy - the idea of people attaining eternal life through Longevity drugs, the illegal-isation of children, and the problems that causes to the 'surplus' population. The novels appear to be very well researched in the science and philosophy departments, but unfortunately, Malley's writing just
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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
Jun 18, 2013 Kimothy rated it liked it
And so, I've come to the last in the Declaration trilogy: The Resistance, an end I am sad to see. I enjoyed this book so much I read it from start to finish in just over six hours.

Whilst I found it to be a good book and overall, a good finish to a spectacular series, I also found it to be the weaker book of the trilogy. I couldn't overcome the sense that Malley had rushed this book in her excitement to get it published, for there are some scenes that weren't described very well at all, and I als
Aug 04, 2010 Liz rated it liked it
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
Jade Walker
Aug 10, 2011 Jade Walker rated it really liked it
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I read the first book in this series a couple of years ago and so until I started The Legacy I actually couldn’t remember much about them. To me, The Declaration was the first dystopian book I ever read (though I never knew what the genre was called back then) and so holds a special place in my heart. It was because of that that was both really happy and a little worried when I received this book in the post, feeling scared that I may be let do
Eva Leger
Do I detect an opening at the end of this story? Or is that just wishful thinking on my part? This is one of the few stories that actually could be continued in my opinion. So often the crap stories are expanded upon while the great ones end. So sad, so sad. :(
Okay, this was just as good as the first two, The Declaration and The Resistance.
I'm usually skeptical of stories set in the future, they've just never been my thing. Then again, I'm very much into YA now and my mind is much more open to s
Feb 13, 2016 Aoife rated it liked it


I'm just really happy because the first 170 pages of this book felt like the beginnings of a 600 page novel. This is a 270 page book. It was that slow. Up along I was really disappointed and I was actually pondering a 2 star rating but I'm now happy to give it 3 which is still less than I hoped for.

Longevity is failing. A virus has mutated and Longevity is powerless to stop it. As the corpses mount, what will become of this death-free soci
Feb 22, 2017 Bernice rated it liked it
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.
Samantha Ortega
May 16, 2014 Samantha Ortega rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Big Book Little Book
Jan 03, 2014 Big Book Little Book rated it it was amazing
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Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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
Amber (Books of Amber)
I read The Declaration (Book #1) ages and ages ago, and I absolutely loved it. It was one of the books that made me fall in love with the dystopian genre as a whole. A few years later I read The Resistance (Book #2), which I didn't enjoy as much, but I still thought it was a good book. I was pumped to read The Legacy, because I couldn't wait to see how the story would end.

The plot began at a really slow pace. The different chapters randomly featured a secondary character, and as someone who hadn
Charlotte Phillips
Jan 22, 2012 Charlotte Phillips rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian-novels
Wonderfully well written just like the rest of the series. The book provides this essence of mystery to it, where there is a depth that leaves you hanging on a cliff edge, never knowing what is about to happen and what is going on. The characters as always are well defined and well described. They make you feel like you are in the story and that gives the whole piece this sense of reality to it, making you read on but not to just see the words but to actually experience it as well. I love the fa ...more
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