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Oh gosh! This book was AMAZING. It met all my expectations and more. I feel like I was in the perfect mood for a good dystopia when I started reading it, which makes it all the better, however I ended up having to put this book on pause to finish up Beowulf (ugh, homework) and I could not wait to return to Rebecca’s world.
That, of course, resulted in me reading Beowulf in one night and then reading three more chapters of The Legacy immediately after. And that says a lot. Because I hated Beowulf.
The book starts off a bit slow, giving us a introduction to Rebecca and the world, and how the became the way it is. We learn about how World War 3 leaves the USA in wreckage due the bombs and weapons used.
I have to say, I was more than impressed with how much detail is given to pretty much everything. In many dystopian books, you are left questioning a lot about the world and wanting to know more, but with The Legacy, that’s not the case. I felt like I was IN their post-war world with the characters. I think it helped that the main character, Rebecca, was in a position to know and learn everything (almost) about their situation and government, while that might not have been the case in other dystopias. Either way, I loved it.
The action begins not short after that as we settle into Rebecca’s life living as the first lady and working with the Rebeldom. Danger is pretty much always around her, and the potential for everything to fall apart is always a thought.
I especially loved how little details were revealed through out the story, not in a way that it made you feel like you didn’t know anything, but in a way that kept surprising you.
To avoid spoilers, I will just conclude this part by saying that you will be on the edge of your seat through-out most of the book, waiting to find out what happens next!
Rebecca was very likable and extremely badass. Even though you don’t really realize how awesome she is until she’s in action, she’s a character you’ll fall in love with. She fights for what she believes in and for the people she loves. I can totally see how she had three guys in love with her, which in some situations would have been a bit unrealistic. It worked extremely well in The Legacy, though.
Eric isn’t in the story as much as I’d have liked him to be, I think. We don’t really get to SEE him being the person that Rebecca see’s him as. This wasn’t a huge problem for me, though, since the story makes up for it with other characters and it sort of works for the plot.
Aiden… I loved him, but I had trouble really seeing him as a love interest for Rebecca. Their relationship seemed so brief, even though it wasn’t. I rooted more for Reed and Rebecca, even though it was clear that Rebecca was in love with Aiden.
Reed was HILARIOUS. I loved his character so much. He always had a cute nickname for Rebecca or was spouting some joke to lighten everything up. Definitely my favorite character in the book. He was tough, funny, and had a soft side. How much more swoon-worthy can you get?
He sort of reminded me of Sawyer from the TV show Lost (aka also one of my fav characters from the show).
The rest of the characters were great, but not as noteworthy as the others, I think. You’ll end up loving pretty much everyone (or appropriately hating them- *cough* Eric *cough*).
Like dystopian? Romance? Action? Awesome protagonists who kick butt? Then read The Legacy. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down.
OH and I am so frustrated with the cliff-hanger ending! I will definitely be getting my hands on the sequel The Legion as soon as I can.
Keep reading to see my interview with Melissa Delport
About Melissa Delport
Interview with Melissa Delport
Me: How did The Legacy become something you wanted to write? Where did you get your ideas and inspiration while writing?
Melissa Delport: I was reading a lot of YA, dystopian fiction & SFF at the time and one day the idea of The Legacy came to me in a typical “light bulb” moment. Rebecca’s character came first, and then the plot unfolded. It was the first time I had been gripped enough by a story idea that I couldn’t wait to get started on it. I began writing that very night and six months later I held the completed manuscript in my hand!
Me: That’s amazing! Six months! Did Rebecca’s character evolve from what you originally created her as?
Melissa Delport: Strangely enough, Rebecca is the one constant that never changed. Every other character grew, developed or changed entirely over the course of the three books but Rebecca was, is, and will always be, exactly how I first imagined her. 🙂
Me: How did some of the other characters change? One of my favorite characters was Reed. How was he developed?
Melissa: Reed is also one of my absolute favourites to write, which is ironic given that he never actually existed in my initial plot! I was about a quarter of the way into The Legacy when his larger-than-life character occurred to me, and I just had to write him in. He is the perfect rival to Aidan for Rebecca’s affection. Once I had thought him up, he didn’t change much – he was always big, brash and brazen, and was intended to be Rebecca’s “equal” right from moment I created him.
Me: I’m glad you ended up writing him in! What was your favorite part about writing The Legacy? Did you learn anything while you were writing?
Melissa: Ah, I learned so much while writing that first book, but even more so when I dealt with my amazing editor. Writing the book taught me that I could actually do it – I could start and finish a fantastic story, and I enjoyed every minute. The editing process highlighted my weaknesses, and forced me to see my own flaws. It made me a far better writer for it, and I continue to grow with every book that I write.
Me: That’s great! I loved your writing in The Legacy! Can you tell about your writing process? For example, where and when you prefer to write, and if you have anything that is a must-have while writing, like background music or tea?
Melissa: Writing wreaks havoc on my body. My neck, back, shoulders & wrists ache, but then I do write a lot! My physiotherapist constantly tells me that I have to sit in the ergonomically correct position, but that is probably never going to happen. I type on a laptop, slouched anywhere – the couch, my window bench, even on my bed! I do have grand designs for my very own writer’s cave, and I have all the necessary equipment (chair, desk, big screen monitor, etc) but I never use it. Oh, and I drink loads of tea, I can’t function without it!
Me: Ouch! I constantly see tweets saying ‘sit up, you’re slouching’ as a way to remind people to sit better. I never listen, either, so I understand your problem somewhat. Did you always plan on the setting for The Legacy to be in the US? If not, how did you decide on it? I thought it was awesome that some of the scenes were set in Michigan, since that’s where I live, by the way! 🙂
Melissa: I did see that, that you live in Michigan – home of the brave Rebecca! I did always plan for it to be set in the U.S, for a number of reasons. Firstly, to make the story more believable – if there were to be a world war, it stands to reason that America, being a superpower, would know about it, that they would be involved in the decision-making that came after, etc. Also, I wanted the story to appeal to an international audience, and an American setting seemed the logical choice.
Me: That makes sense! Did you have to do any research before writing? If so, what was it like and how did you go about doing it?
Melissa: It is extremely difficult to write in a setting that you have never personally experienced, and I had to do a lot of research – in fact, I think I spent just as much time researching as I did writing the books. I also make use of Google maps, and use the street view function a lot – to make sure that I can describe the scene properly. The last thing you want, as an author, is to be caught out on facts! For example, in researching one scene, I had the characters hiding behind buildings at a border line between states. When I street-viewed that particular area, there were very few buildings nearby, but there was a truck-stop, so I used the truck stop instead. Small details make a world of difference. I also had to do a lot of hand-to-hand combat research – both online and by speaking to people involved in various forms of martial arts, so that the fight scenes were believable.
Me: I never thought of Google Streetview as a writing tool! That’s such a great idea! I haven’t yet read The Legion, but I plan to soon, especially after how The Legacy ended! Is there anything you can tell us about the third book?
Melissa: Well the third book obviously rounds up the story. After the high-action of The Legion, it was a challenging task keeping that momentum going, but I am thrilled with how the last book panned out. I cannot give too much away, but as you know there is a love triangle that has carried through the course of the three books, that eventually must be resolved – through choice, or otherwise, and that happens in the final book. As to the outcome of the war… well, you will just have to read it to find out 😉
Me: I can’t wait! So to conclude this interview, if you could tell your readers only one thing (advice, a story, something funny), what would it be?
Melissa: If you enjoy a book – let the author know! Social media has bridged the gap between readers & writers, and I can promise you that there is nothing better than hearing from people who have enjoyed your book. It is what inspires us to keep writing. Reach out to your favourite authors – I have met and become friends with so many people through my books, which was not possible a few years back. Writers are naturally insecure, and they thrive off positive feedback.
Me: That’s great advice! A lot of readers are intimidated by authors and are too shy to reach out through social media. Thanks for taking the time to do this interview, Melissa! It was great talking to you, and I can’t wait to start reading my copy of The Legion! 😀
Melissa: Thanks so much for hosting me, and for the great (and different!) interview! xxx