#AusYABuddyRead August : Legacy by Whiti Hereaka

Previously we’ve held chats for our monthly Buddy Reads over on twitter, but we know it’s hard for everyone to come together at one time, with time differences all over OZ and NZ, so we’ve decided to give a new format a try – a blog discussion post.

Our July buddy read was Legacy by Whiti Heraka

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Riki is worried about school and the future, but mostly about his girlfriend, Gemma, who has suddenly stopped seeing or texting him. But on his way to see her, he’s hit by a bus and his life radically changes. Riki wakes up one hundred years earlier in Egypt, in 1915, and finds he’s living through his great-great-grandfather’s experiences in the Māori Contingent. At the same time that Riki tries to make sense of what’s happening and find a way home, we go back in time and read transcripts of interviews Riki’s great-great-grandfather gave in 1975 about his experiences in this war and its impact on their family. Gradually we realise the fates of Riki and his great-great-grandfather are intertwined.

This month’s questions have been supplied by the lovely Brooklynne @brookiegrrrl

1) Have you read Legacy? What did you think of it?

2) Did you enjoy it as a Historical Fiction? How about as a Fantasy novel? I thought it was an interesting blend of the two.

3) I really enjoyed the way it highlighted the drudgery and dullness that could be day time war while highlighting the brutality. What were your thoughts about how war was depicted?

4) The novel talks a lot about the colonisation of New Zealand and the racism that still persists. Was this something you found interesting?

5) Strong friendships are important in YA books. What did you think of the friendships that are built in this book?

6) What did you think of Riki's moral conundrums of becoming his own ancestor? What would you do in his place?

7) The book ends rather abruptly with a lot of unanswered question. What did you think? Is it how you would have ended the book?

8) Is there anything further that you wanted to discuss about Legacy?

9) Okay, last question! If you had to take the place of one of your ancestors, who would it be?

Comment down below and let us know your thoughts on Legacy, we'd love to read them.

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