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Review: The Legacy by Melissa Delport

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Legacy
Melissa Delport

Series: Legacy Trilogy #1
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Thriller
Hardback: 366 Pages
Publication: Out Now!
by Tracey McDonald Publishers


One man obsessed with power.
One woman prepared to sacrifice everything to stop him.
One war that changed the world.

“Eric Dane has segregated the wealth and resources that remain, giving a select few the highest chance of survival and leaving the rest to starve!”

World War 3 lasted twelve days and almost eradicated the human species. Growing up in post nuclear America, Rebecca Davis remained blissfully ignorant of the despotic leadership that had seized what was previously the most powerful nation in the world. When the truth is revealed and Rebecca discovers that everything she has been taught is a lie, she is determined to fight for the life that she has not been allowed to live.

In order to do this, Rebecca has to cross the boundary fences and venture out of the safety of the New United States, into the barren wastelands. It is there that she finds allies she never dreamed existed.

In Rebecca, the Resistance has finally found the ultimate weapon.

◆ A copy was provided by Tracey McDonald Publishers for review ◆

This book was a bit more my speed then my past few reviews. It presents a strong, female lead that doesn't rely on her male-counter parts to succeed. Melissa crafts an independent revolutionary who allows her job to over-shadow her self, much in the way of many popular thriller characters [read James Bond]. I classify this as a thriller because in many sections, the author creates suspenseful situations that you're not sure wether the character can escape from.

Besides Rebecca, the main protagonist, Miss Delport also writes a variety of different character that serve a variety of purposes. The designs are all pretty different but unfortunately fall flat as far as motivation and depth. Still, they are believable and fill out the world with clean contrasts. I make special reference to a certain over-powered Good ol' Boy, but I won't go any further.

The plot itself raises an interesting question as to at what lengths one would give up personal freedom for security. Eric Dane is presented as a forward-thinking Fascist with a thirst for control and security. Eric Dane has taken control by force and uses his position to reshape the post-war US into his vision. There is a certain degree of disconnect between President Dane's actions and the level of resistance by the revolutionaries. What I mean is that given the nuclear setting, certain moves made by the president that have the most push back, which I won't spoil, seem perfectly reasonable for a society very conscious of post-nuclear genetic flaws, food shortages, and overall safety. In this respect I think the author considers the projected personality of the country, The United States of America, rather than the reality.

Now onto my complaints. The Post-Apocalyptic genre is a personal favorite of mine do to its ability to flesh-out the inhumanity of out species. It allows one to write characters that depend on the very nature of their situation to dictate their actions, thus shaping their morality. It allows for a fluidity in decision making which means characters are non-static. Unfortunately, the author doesn't set her characters in a survivalist world and in that, they do not feel truly affected by the setting. The point of the genre is to explore the far fringes of the human condition and explore what limits humans really have. This doesn't occur in the book. The setting is very distanced from influencing factors; there is even coffee shops........ yes, I said coffee shops.

More important then the setting is the character development flaw. Rebecca Davis is a pigeon-holed Mary-Sue. If you're not familiar with the term, a Mary-Sue is a character who is so special, that he or she gets through obstacles because of say; a hidden power, secret lineage, favor from the gods, bionic implants, being the chosen one, having the special weapon that no one should be able to wield ever but somehow the character can effectively use with no training or a various mixture of causes. This is typically a problem most associated with fantasy genres but it rears its ugly head here. Some authors have done well to curb this in their own genre such as Robert Kirkman and George R. R. Martin.

Overall this is a good book. It is nice to have a strong female lead take the forefront in a narrative with male antagonists. Not only does Rebecca utilize her femininity to accomplish her mission, she does so without compromising her sense of self. The story is innovative, and keeps a reader attention. I am personally excited to read the follow-up and see the resolution of a few plot points.

I give this book 3 Laurell K. Hamiltons out of 5

Additional Information
  1. The Legacy
  2. The Legion
  3. TBA

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About the Author

Wife and mother of 3, Melissa Delport is the author of The Legacy Trilogy and the stand-alone self-published ebooks Rainfall and The Traveler. She graduated from the University of South Africa with a Bachelor’s Degree in English in 2000. At the age of twenty-four Melissa started a logistics company (Transmax) from the spare room of her flat and built it up to two fully operational depots in Durban and Johannesburg. Now, 10 years later, she has sold her business in order to write full time. Melissa lives with her husband and three children in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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3 comments on "Review: The Legacy by Melissa Delport"
  1. Well Kalen..this is an unusual post-apocalyptic world..but if there is coffee I would go!

  2. Happy that you found a book that was more to your liking!
    Kimba (above) you are too funny. But I agree, the post-apocalyptic world can't be that bad if you can still find a Starbucks :)
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  3. Haha, a post-apocalyptic world with Starbucks, doesn't sound too bad.

    Thanks for your honest review, it sounds interesting but like you, I live for world building and non-Mary Sue character (although Mary Sues seem to be a longlasting trend in YA...)

    Thanks for your review!
    Amber Elise @ Du Livre


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