Review: I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Summary from Goodreads:

Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth...but he is not alone. Every other man, woman, and child on Earth has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood.

By day, he is the hunter, stalking the sleeping undead through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for dawn.

How long can one man survive in a world of vampires?

My Thoughts:

It’s not very often that I read a book that isn’t YA. It’s even more infrequent that I read a book that wasn’t written in the last 2 years. I Am Legend was first published in 1954… So why did I pick it up? Well, mostly because I really liked the movie, and that’s mostly because Will Smith is one of my favorite actors, if not my favorite.

I Am Legend was certainly an interesting read. Matheson did an amazing job of getting the reader to feel the emotions the main character is reading, loneliness, craziness, despair, determination. The author has a fantastic understanding of basic human nature.

I’d heard the book was quite a bit different than the movie, but I wasn’t prepared for HOW different it would be! Aside from the main character being on his own most of the time, nothing was the same. I was really surprised when I realized the book was about vampires, not zombie like creepy creatures! Don’t even compare the two, just let them be their own separate awesome.

For a book that is almost 60 years old, there really wasn’t a whole lot that made it feel old. Except for one word that was used… which starts with a “N” (I won’t say more than that, it was offensive)… I wouldn’t have guessed it was written so long ago.

Highly recommend if you want something with a MC who isn’t a teenager, but something still with paranormal elements.

4.5 out of 5 stars!


Samantha Young said...

So glad you enjoyed this! I absolutely love I am Legend. I read it years ago and have to admit was kind of disappointed in how much they changed it for the movie and agree that the two shouldn't be compared. The last line of the book kills me every time. Awesome :-)

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