I am Legend pulled me in from the beginning. It was well written and gave us an in-depth view of what it could be like to lose everyone you loved to something so small. It felt like I was right there with Robert Neville walking beside him and experiencing everything he did. At times I felt like I could lose control because we are lead on this deep internal journey through Neville’s mind.
There were a few of things in the book that drove me nuts. When Neville first met Ruth, I understood the mistrust. It seemed odd that anyone would cross an open field in broad daylight unarmed. In the world they lived in being armed at all times is a must. At that moment, Neville show’s us that no matter how used you become to your surrounds you will always crave and want what you used to have. I could feel the desperation he had when he was trying to reach her. It was worse than when he tried to tame the dog so he could have someone with him.
That night Ruth and Neville held each other was one of the most touching scenes in the book to me. We get a glimpse at his former life but nothing as up close and personal as the embrace they shared. I felt there was more feeling and emotion at that moment with Ruth than his memories of Virginia and Kathy. With his wife and daughter, he held back because the pain was too much. I wanted him to have someone to be with so he wasn’t alone, but in the end, I knew that wouldn’t be the case.
Neville resigned himself to stay after he had been warned by Ruth to leave. I sat there screaming at him to go and hoping Ruth would be able to convince her people to leave him alone. I knew that wouldn’t happen, but still, I hoped. Throughout this entire novel, there is this glimmer of hope that you try to hold on too. First the dog and then Ruth. In the end, it’s taken all away. How naïve could Neville had been when he decided to wait for them. It was the anomaly the minority. They feared what he was but funny enough he is what they all were. Neville stood as a reminder of what they used to be and had to forget.
I completely hated the end of the novel and not because it was poorly written or anything like that. I hated the ending because at that moment with Ruth came in there was that last glimmer of hope. That maybe she had come to her senses and saw that what her kind was doing was wrong. You sit there and hope she will help him escape but instead she gives him a pill to dull the pain. Worse yet Neville doesn’t even try to escape or convince her to help him run. There are so many more things he could have done to save himself, but in the end, I feel like he was tired. It was hard to sit there and see that his only way out was death. He would be forever alone in a world of people who used to be just like him.