The Legacy Blog Tour [Review | Interview]

The Legacy by Melissa Delport
(The Legacy Trilogy #1)

Genre: Dystopian

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One man obsessed with power.

One woman prepared to sacrifice everything to stop him.

One war that changed the world.

“World War Three lasted twelve days. Twelve days was all it took for mankind to devastate the planet and almost eradicate the human race. No victor emerged from the ashes and billions lost their lives.

We survivors lived through the bleakest of winters. A primal existence became the new order, and the little that remained of our humanity hung in the balance.

Then one man stood up and changed the world. I believed, as did everyone else, that he was the hero of our time, the man who had saved us from our own demise. His name is Eric Dane and he is the President of the New United States of America.

He is also my husband, and my greatest enemy.

I grew up oblivious to the truth, until my father found me when I was nineteen years old. He told me about the many horrifying facts that our new leader kept hidden from us. And he told me that beyond the borders the Resistance grew and fought for freedom from the oppression that Eric Dane had imposed on us.

My name is Rebecca Davis. I am twenty-six years old, and in me the Resistance has found the ultimate weapon.”

A narrative of good and evil, love and passion, right and wrong – and at the centre of the story a strong woman who is prepared to sacrifice everything for the cause she believes in.

The Legacy is an action-packed, adrenalin-inducing thrill ride which will leave you riveted long after you have turned the last page.
  Dystopian is just my thing, you know? Whenever I heard of The Legacy, I just knew I would love it. And I did! It was definitely part of the dystopian crowd, but I found that it was able to stand out on its own. Even now, weeks after I've read this, I still think about it. It's very memorable and stands out against the influx of dystopians.

  The way that the characters in this book are written is so refreshing. You can just tell that Melissa Delport cares about her characters. They're so well thought out. Rebecca was a perfect heroine! You can tell that they're really well developed and the author spent a lot of time with them. But it wasn't just the characters that were detailed, the entire book was. The plot was intense and kept me on the edge of my seat.

  The way that Melissa Delport tells her story coupled with an outstanding heroine in Rebecca, I thoroughly enjoyed The Legacy. It'll be perfect for readers searching for their next dystopian fix!

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.

1. Describe The Legacy in one word.

2.. If you could choose any TV show to promote your book on, which would you choose?
The Vampire Diaries, because it has a cult following, including myself.

3. Which chapter of The Legacy was your favorite to write?
Chapter 34. I had been wanting to write this scene since the beginning of the book, but as it happens in the latter chapters, it was a long wait.

4. If you could have any other author's career as your own, whose would you choose?
James Patterson. It may seem a strange choice, given that my books are nothing like his, but I admire him because he has made a lifetime career out of writing, with much success. I don’t want to be a one-hit-wonder – I want to keep writing, to keep churning out good books and develop an author brand. I also think his work in keeping book stores “alive” is inspiring, and he donates so much to smaller bookstores that are in need of help. He also encourages children to read, and reading is knowledge – and knowledge is power.

5. Where did the inspiration for the dystopian society in The Legacy come from?
I have always been fascinated with our survival instinct and what mankind is capable of when faced with insurmountable circumstances. I love the idea of “fight” when “flight” is not an option, but even more so when we choose to fight rather than flee or surrender. When we choose to take the harder road, because it’s the right thing to do. That is ultimately what The Legacy is about – the choice to risk everything in order to bring about change.

6. Who inspired the main character, Rebecca?
My mother raised me to believe in myself and instilled in me the conviction that women are no less capable than men. We are strong and courageous and Rebecca is the epitome of that belief.

7. Do you think you'd survive in the world of The Legacy?
Probably very badly. I wouldn’t survive a day without electricity. I barely cope with the load shedding we experience here in South Africa!

8. Lastly, what's up next for you? Any projects we should be looking out for? 
The final installment of The Legacy Trilogy (The Legend) is due for release early 2015. In the meantime, I am starting work on a new fantasy series that I have high hopes for.

Wife and mother of 3, Melissa Delport is the author of The Legacy Trilogy and the stand-alone self-published e.books 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.

The Legacy (book 1 of The Legacy Trilogy) and The Legion (book 2) are available now and the final book, The Legend, will be released early 2015.

An avid reader herself, Melissa finally decided to stop ‘watching from the sidelines’ and to do what is her passion.

“I was driving home from work when inspiration struck, and a storyline started unravelling in my head. For a few days it was all I could think about and eventually I realised that the only way to get it out of my head, was to put it all down on paper. I started writing, and that was that.”


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