I am Legend by Richard Matheson

I am Legend by Richard Matheson

I Am Legend and Other Stories

Goodreads Summary: 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 Review: I read this book for a super awesome popular culture/literature class I am taking and I listened to it on audiobook. This book was…interesting? I guess that word sums up the book.

There wasn’t much of a plot line, it was more of the story of Robert Neville and his experiences and seeing how he reacts to everything and watching him try to figure out the virus. These so-called ‘vampires’ were a mix between vampires and zombies because of all of the typical things like garlic and mirrors and crosses but were more like zombies because they couldn’t think and they were created by a virus, and everything that related to the modern vampire was described by something scientific. I’m not sure I liked that, but it’s not a modern book so I dealt with it.

The lack of plot made it more literature-like which was okay to get through but not extremely entertaining. There was also no romance, just a few scenes where Robert considered raping women/zombies or thinking about times when he would have done something like that which was extremely awkward for me and just bleh. There was also this 27-minute section of the book (I was listening to it) where there was a dog that Robert Neville really wanted to like him and it was the longest few chapters I have ever read! It was all buildup and was so boring and repetitive and useless…then later on in the book, there was an actual human woman and there was no buildup at all. “There’s a woman. I will catch her. I chased her. I caught her and brought her back.” That is a bit of an exaggeration but you get the idea of how annoyed I am at how much time was spent on the stupid dog!

Being the last man on Earth, or close to it, was definitely an interesting aspect and the reversal of what we thought was going to happen,
happened. The ending was crazy and insane and I did not see it coming, I thought it was completely awesome, brave of Matheson, and anticlimactic. Overall, I wasn’t too pleased with the book. It seemed really awesome, with zombie-like-vampires, but wasn’t a great read for me.

You can buy I am Legend here.