Monday, December 31, 2007

I Am Legend

Robert Neville is the last human on Earth. Every one else has been infected with a plague that turns them into nocturnal, bloodthirsty creatures. By day he scavenges for supplies and tries to learn the cause behind the calamity while hoping desperately to find other survivors. This is the tale of terrible struggle for survival in the horrifying aftermath of a human apocalypse. 

I have not seen the movie though it was partially the impetus for reading this classic horror story. Fairly short at only 160 pages, I Am Legend packs a lot of punch for a lightweight. As can only be expected of a book about grim survival, the novel has a very gritty and dark tone to it. The book’s strength is that Matheson really makes you feel Neville’s emotions, which run the gamut from utter despair to boundless hope. Definitely recommended. 

Rating: 9 out of 10.

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