I think this book is one of my favourite books. I'd put it in my top five books and it's so re-readable, every time I read it, I get something different from it. Of course, it's Richard Matheson's 'I am Legend.'
It has a few flashbacks but this book is mainly split into 3 times between 1976 and 1978. And I think what this book does better than anything is character, it focussed on one guy- Robert Neville. He's dealing with alcoholism, depression and the end of the world and I feel that this gives you a real insight into what the end of the world and being alone for a long time can do to a person.
Although this book is technically about vampires, Matheson will always be the grandfather of the zombie genre in my eyes with this book. I think I love it so much because so much of it is surviving. You go through the motions with him of everyday survival, finding food and gasoline, researching into the science side of what is happening and this is something glossed over in a lot of these books, much to my annoyance. It's not easy to live in the apocalypse, literally or psychologically- this book truly shows that like no other.
Unfortunately this is not the case of the film, but that is a completely different blog post!
A ✮✮✮✮✮ book. Now and forever.Review originally posted on Imogen’s Typewriter.