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From Arthur C. Clarke Award-winner Tade Thompson, The Legacy of Molly Southbourne continues his chilling series. Whenever Molly Southbourne bled, a murderer was born. Deadly copies, drawn to destroy their creator, bound by a legacy of death. With the original Molly Southbourne gone, her remnants drew together, seeking safety and a chance for peace. The last Molly and her si From Arthur C. Clarke Award-winner Tade Thompson, The Legacy of Molly Southbourne continues his chilling series. Whenever Molly Southbourne bled, a murderer was born. Deadly copies, drawn to destroy their creator, bound by a legacy of death. With the original Molly Southbourne gone, her remnants drew together, seeking safety and a chance for peace. The last Molly and her sisters built a home together, and thought they could escape the murder that marked their past. But secrets squirm in Molly Southbourne's blood--secrets born in a Soviet lab and carried back across the Iron Curtain to infiltrate the West. What remains of the Cold War spy machine wants those secrets back, and to get them they're willing to unearth the dead and destroy the fragile peace surrounding the last copies of Molly Southbourne. The Legacy of Molly Southbourne brings the story to a bloody end.


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From Arthur C. Clarke Award-winner Tade Thompson, The Legacy of Molly Southbourne continues his chilling series. Whenever Molly Southbourne bled, a murderer was born. Deadly copies, drawn to destroy their creator, bound by a legacy of death. With the original Molly Southbourne gone, her remnants drew together, seeking safety and a chance for peace. The last Molly and her si From Arthur C. Clarke Award-winner Tade Thompson, The Legacy of Molly Southbourne continues his chilling series. Whenever Molly Southbourne bled, a murderer was born. Deadly copies, drawn to destroy their creator, bound by a legacy of death. With the original Molly Southbourne gone, her remnants drew together, seeking safety and a chance for peace. The last Molly and her sisters built a home together, and thought they could escape the murder that marked their past. But secrets squirm in Molly Southbourne's blood--secrets born in a Soviet lab and carried back across the Iron Curtain to infiltrate the West. What remains of the Cold War spy machine wants those secrets back, and to get them they're willing to unearth the dead and destroy the fragile peace surrounding the last copies of Molly Southbourne. The Legacy of Molly Southbourne brings the story to a bloody end.

30 review for The Legacy of Molly Southbourne

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    3.5 Stars This was a solid conclusion to this horror novella trilogy. The story has always been weird, straying from the usual tropes of the genre.  This third volume added more content for diehard Molly fans who just want to spend more time with her. The plot was good, but the ending is really brought the story home.  I would recommend this series to fans look for a fresh horror story, however you will want to start back at the beginning with The Murders of Molly Southbourne.  Disclaimer I received 3.5 Stars This was a solid conclusion to this horror novella trilogy. The story has always been weird, straying from the usual tropes of the genre.  This third volume added more content for diehard Molly fans who just want to spend more time with her. The plot was good, but the ending is really brought the story home.  I would recommend this series to fans look for a fresh horror story, however you will want to start back at the beginning with The Murders of Molly Southbourne.  Disclaimer I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    3¾⭐ Ɱ◎◎ĐႽ… ⬧ Sci-Fi ⬧ Novella Length Series ⬧ Brutal & Bloody ⬧Strange & Peculiar This series of novella-length books are some of the craziest shit I’ve ever read. You could read them for that reason alone. But, if you need more; this was taken from the blurb; The rule is simple: don't bleed. For as long as Molly Southbourne can remember, she's been watching herself die. Whenever she bleeds, another molly is born, identical to her in every way and intent on her destruction. . While I’m glad I’ 3¾⭐ Ɱ◎◎ĐႽ… ⬧ Sci-Fi ⬧ Novella Length Series ⬧ Brutal & Bloody ⬧Strange & Peculiar This series of novella-length books are some of the craziest shit I’ve ever read. You could read them for that reason alone. But, if you need more; this was taken from the blurb; The rule is simple: don't bleed. For as long as Molly Southbourne can remember, she's been watching herself die. Whenever she bleeds, another molly is born, identical to her in every way and intent on her destruction. . While I’m glad I’ve read them all the same, I still don’t believe these books are not without faults; one of which is the stilted/sparse writing style the other is character/plot development suffers from the short format, and the aforementioned writing style. But overall, the first book will kind of blow your mind, the second book fills in a few blanks and has a surprising ending and the final book, which I never knew was coming, gives you some, and I’m stressing the word some, insight as to how Molly ended up like this. Total Score 7.21/10⬧Opening-7.5⬧Characters-7⬧Plot-7⬧Atmosphere-8⬧Writing Style-6⬧Ending-7.5⬧Overall Enjoyment-7.5

  3. 4 out of 5

    The Captain

    Ahoy there me mateys!  I received an eArc of this sci-fi novella through NetGalley in exchange for me honest musings . . . The first novella in the series is a perfect standalone that I still feel would make a fantastic, if bloody, movie.  I didn't think I needed more Molly but I am still glad to have gotten two more.  The conclusion to this series was awesome.  This book had a perfect beginning and twist that made perfect sense but I didn't see coming.  No plot information here because it is sho Ahoy there me mateys!  I received an eArc of this sci-fi novella through NetGalley in exchange for me honest musings . . . The first novella in the series is a perfect standalone that I still feel would make a fantastic, if bloody, movie.  I didn't think I needed more Molly but I am still glad to have gotten two more.  The conclusion to this series was awesome.  This book had a perfect beginning and twist that made perfect sense but I didn't see coming.  No plot information here because it is short and it is better to go in blind.  I skipped the blurb before reading and it increased me enjoyment.  The series is finished and ends well.  However, I still can't help but wonder what Molly does next.  Arrrr!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bina

    A good conclusion to the Molly trilogy. I really liked Myke's chapters and her backstory and the return of the tamaras. A good conclusion to the Molly trilogy. I really liked Myke's chapters and her backstory and the return of the tamaras.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lois Young

    WOW! I did NOT expect this story to go in the direction it did. Yet, I'm glad it did because not only did the narrative in this book tie the trilogy together, but also it answered the questions readers did not know they had! The wait for this final chapter in this horror thriller novella series was worth it! If you have not read this series yet, then I recommend you do as the series is complete! Just don't bleed. Complete RTC! WOW! I did NOT expect this story to go in the direction it did. Yet, I'm glad it did because not only did the narrative in this book tie the trilogy together, but also it answered the questions readers did not know they had! The wait for this final chapter in this horror thriller novella series was worth it! If you have not read this series yet, then I recommend you do as the series is complete! Just don't bleed. Complete RTC!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    I loved the first book in this series. Thompson took a simple premise -- whenever Molly bleeds, she creates a murderous duplicate of herself -- and took us through her life and all she had to do to manage those duplicates. It didn't need much explaining, but it had a lot of heart, a lot of character (a WHOLE lot of violence), and kept me reading the whole book in one sitting. The second and third books, though want to expand on that idea a bit, and I feel like they suffer a bit for it. Thompson s I loved the first book in this series. Thompson took a simple premise -- whenever Molly bleeds, she creates a murderous duplicate of herself -- and took us through her life and all she had to do to manage those duplicates. It didn't need much explaining, but it had a lot of heart, a lot of character (a WHOLE lot of violence), and kept me reading the whole book in one sitting. The second and third books, though want to expand on that idea a bit, and I feel like they suffer a bit for it. Thompson still tells a good tale, and keeps us reading, but the simplicity of the first book is replaced with government experiments, assassinations, intrigue, and a whole lot of rewritten history. It feels forced (moreso as the conclusions for books two and three feel rushed), and I find myself reading these to reignite that feeling I got while reading the first book. It's not a great feeling. I wonder, though: Had Thompson written a single novel telling this whole story, would I feel differently about how he concludes the series? Would it be different reading the whole thing together, instead of interspersed over five years?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    This was a really good conclusion to the Molly Southbourne trilogy. If you've even read one of these horror novellas, you know it's quite the ride. I didn't fully grasp what was going on in book one, but I enjoyed it anyway. I think I struggled with the second book the most. We got additional POVs and a lot of little twists. We had a few added layers in this final book, but they were actually pretty helpful in the end. And while I was still left a little flabbergasted in some areas, this conclus This was a really good conclusion to the Molly Southbourne trilogy. If you've even read one of these horror novellas, you know it's quite the ride. I didn't fully grasp what was going on in book one, but I enjoyed it anyway. I think I struggled with the second book the most. We got additional POVs and a lot of little twists. We had a few added layers in this final book, but they were actually pretty helpful in the end. And while I was still left a little flabbergasted in some areas, this conclusion brought a lot of answers and helped enlighten me along the way. These books are so short that it's a challenge not to spoil things the longer this review goes. But I will say it was a satisfying ending to the trilogy, and in some ways, I may have enjoyed this book the most out of all three. A great conclusion with some marvelous twists. Thank you to NetGalley, Macmillan-Tor/Forge, and Tordotcom for a copy of the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura (crofteereader)

    I regret not rereading the first two books before tackling this one (because all I remembered was Molly makes clones any time she bleeds/spits/trims her nails and they immediately want to kill her). But honestly there wasn't much substance to this. The mollies are playing house, the tamaras are being an efficient community, someone wants to kill one or both... Honestly, there aren't enough real consequences outside of the scope of Molly, Tamara, Myke. There are a few throwaway lines about how clo I regret not rereading the first two books before tackling this one (because all I remembered was Molly makes clones any time she bleeds/spits/trims her nails and they immediately want to kill her). But honestly there wasn't much substance to this. The mollies are playing house, the tamaras are being an efficient community, someone wants to kill one or both... Honestly, there aren't enough real consequences outside of the scope of Molly, Tamara, Myke. There are a few throwaway lines about how cloning will serve to combat rising infertility. At least the mollies are in therapy! {Thank you Tor.com for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review; all thoughts are my own}

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rick Brose

    I was unsatisfied with the second entry in this series, so I was not expecting a lot from The Legacy of Molly Southbourne. Ultimately, I think this entry is a decent ending to Molly's story. It gives a lot of background and brings the disparate pieces together. Like the second, it does not come close to matching the excellence of the first book. In the end, I do not think this needed to be a whole series, but I am not mad with where this book leaves us. I was unsatisfied with the second entry in this series, so I was not expecting a lot from The Legacy of Molly Southbourne. Ultimately, I think this entry is a decent ending to Molly's story. It gives a lot of background and brings the disparate pieces together. Like the second, it does not come close to matching the excellence of the first book. In the end, I do not think this needed to be a whole series, but I am not mad with where this book leaves us.

  10. 4 out of 5

    aubine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. why did they have to kill molina :( BUT GETTING MOLLY'S MOM'S BACKSTORY!!!!!!!! why did they have to kill molina :( BUT GETTING MOLLY'S MOM'S BACKSTORY!!!!!!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Molly and the other mollys are just trying to live their day-to-day life when they start being hunted. I loved the first book in this series and didn't really think the second was necessary (though I liked it as well). Now, having seen what the author was going for with the entire trilogy of novellas, I want to turn around and re-read them all! This was an excellent series with some great creepy moments (both body horror and mental horror) along the way. Molly and the other mollys are just trying to live their day-to-day life when they start being hunted. I loved the first book in this series and didn't really think the second was necessary (though I liked it as well). Now, having seen what the author was going for with the entire trilogy of novellas, I want to turn around and re-read them all! This was an excellent series with some great creepy moments (both body horror and mental horror) along the way.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elise

    This was very scattered and generally plot-less.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    I never expect another Molly Southbourne book, so I am always delighted when suddenly one appears. I came across #3 on NetGalley and they kindly sent me a copy to review, possibly because they could measure how enthusiastically my finger mashed the "request" button. Some of the other reviews refer to this as the final installment in a trilogy. I don't know if it is or not - it feels final, but the first two did not suggest any future entries either. I would definitely recommend starting with the I never expect another Molly Southbourne book, so I am always delighted when suddenly one appears. I came across #3 on NetGalley and they kindly sent me a copy to review, possibly because they could measure how enthusiastically my finger mashed the "request" button. Some of the other reviews refer to this as the final installment in a trilogy. I don't know if it is or not - it feels final, but the first two did not suggest any future entries either. I would definitely recommend starting with the first two, as they are imperative for understanding who (and why) everyone is. I don't think this one would make a lot of sense without that background. Despite the murderous nature of the first two books, this entry has Molly and mollies being domestic (but don't worry, there are also mollies being murderous). It has a reveal where I don't even want to hint at the topic because it elicited a "no f-ing way" from me and I think everyone should get that experience. It has origin stories. My only regret is that I did not read all 3 in a row, and I would highly recommend doing so. Tade Thompson is an extremely versatile author, and I've marveled at how Molly Southbourne, Rosewater, and Far From the Light of Heaven had such distinctively different tones and writing styles. His dip back into the world of Molly Southbourne feels effortless despite the very different stories he has written in the interim.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Laferney

    The Legacy of Molly Southbourne, the last novel in the Molly Southbourne trilogy by Tade Thompson, is a thrilling conclusion to a series that deals with the bloody exploration of identity and self. The original Molly Southbourne is gone, but her remnants/sisters remain. You see every time Molly bled, she created a killer clone of herself. In Legacy, her remnants draw together, seeking safety and a chance for peace from killer copies. The last Molly and her sisters built a home together and thoug The Legacy of Molly Southbourne, the last novel in the Molly Southbourne trilogy by Tade Thompson, is a thrilling conclusion to a series that deals with the bloody exploration of identity and self. The original Molly Southbourne is gone, but her remnants/sisters remain. You see every time Molly bled, she created a killer clone of herself. In Legacy, her remnants draw together, seeking safety and a chance for peace from killer copies. The last Molly and her sisters built a home together and thought they could escape the murder that marked their past. But secrets remain in Molly Southbourne's blood--secrets born in a Soviet lab. What remains of the Cold War spy machine wants those secrets back in order to fight the West. To get them they're willing to unearth the dead and destroy the fragile peace surrounding the last copies of Molly Southbourne. And what will these remnants do to survive? Perhaps they'll team up with other copies, known as the Tamaras. The Molly Southbourne series, much like other science fiction thrillers/horror novels (such as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and Frankenstein) asks thoughtful questions about identity and what it means to be human. But the series also packs in all the tension of a nail-biting thriller. The Legacy of Molly Southbourne lacks the emotional resonance of the first two novellas in the series, but it sure does pack a bloody punch. Thanks to Netgalley and Tor Publishing for an advanced copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laura Newsholme

    This has been a fabulous series of novellas and this final installment is no exception. Tade Thompson has created a believable and unique character in Molly Southbourne and the way in which this character has progressed throughout the series is great. The world is opened up further in this final book, with more than one perspective in the narrative, which makes things very interesting. My only criticism is that the ending felt a little bit abrupt but other than that, this is a great conclusion t This has been a fabulous series of novellas and this final installment is no exception. Tade Thompson has created a believable and unique character in Molly Southbourne and the way in which this character has progressed throughout the series is great. The world is opened up further in this final book, with more than one perspective in the narrative, which makes things very interesting. My only criticism is that the ending felt a little bit abrupt but other than that, this is a great conclusion to a very original and enjoyable series. Highly recommend. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    *3 stars* Thank you Netgalley for the arc. I have loved the Molly Southbourne Trilogy but this conclusion just didn't do it for me. Nothing has lived up to the first installment. I will continue to read from Tade Thompson in hopes that it will live up the original Molly Southbourne. I did like the POV from Myke and would've enjoyed more of that. *3 stars* Thank you Netgalley for the arc. I have loved the Molly Southbourne Trilogy but this conclusion just didn't do it for me. Nothing has lived up to the first installment. I will continue to read from Tade Thompson in hopes that it will live up the original Molly Southbourne. I did like the POV from Myke and would've enjoyed more of that.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mari

    I just loved the first two books in this series, this one was very welcome! The inclusion of some more of Molly's mother's origin story was great. I wish the book ended on a more complete note, or that it wasn't a novella, or something. Because it felt like just when it was coming to the meaty bits, it stopped. I just loved the first two books in this series, this one was very welcome! The inclusion of some more of Molly's mother's origin story was great. I wish the book ended on a more complete note, or that it wasn't a novella, or something. Because it felt like just when it was coming to the meaty bits, it stopped.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cassie Daley

    This was so much fun!! A great end to the trilogy - action packed, twists I didn't expect, and even a few comedic moments I really loved. So so good! Thanks to the publisher for sending me an early paperback!! This was so much fun!! A great end to the trilogy - action packed, twists I didn't expect, and even a few comedic moments I really loved. So so good! Thanks to the publisher for sending me an early paperback!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marleen

    I thought this was a great conclusion to the series. I felt connected to the characters, there were some twists that completely shocked me, and the storyline as a whole over the three books makes complete sense. I still think that book 1 is the best one, but all three were a great read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Akkisuitok

    I was surprised to learn of a third novella, and having read it I do not feel that it adds to this universe. It over-explains the backstory of Molly's mother, and turns the genre from horror firmly to spy action. I did like seeing Molly, Molina, Ann and Moya functioning as a family. I was surprised to learn of a third novella, and having read it I do not feel that it adds to this universe. It over-explains the backstory of Molly's mother, and turns the genre from horror firmly to spy action. I did like seeing Molly, Molina, Ann and Moya functioning as a family.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sana

    OMG WHAT! I feel like I already knew about this, but then it was nowhere to be found on my Goodreads which isn't done. ANYWAY, I'M EXCITEDDDD OMG WHAT! I feel like I already knew about this, but then it was nowhere to be found on my Goodreads which isn't done. ANYWAY, I'M EXCITEDDDD

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I still really enjoyed this but I feel like it needed to be just a bit longer to properly wrap things up

  23. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Watkins

    Not as good as the first two, but still great!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Outstanding!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Love these stories

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    3.5⭐ A short, quick page turner. An interesting conclusion to the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    V

    Good conclusion, unfortunately not the strongest entry.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Savannah

    A solid conclusion to the trilogy! Things come full circle for Molly and we learn more about the project that brought the duplicates to life.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mars

    The trilogy would still be five stars but I'm not sure this entry was entirely needed. Still it was great to spend more time in this world and with these characters. The trilogy would still be five stars but I'm not sure this entry was entirely needed. Still it was great to spend more time in this world and with these characters.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lorenzo

    3.5 stars

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