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Legacy (e-book)

By Whiti Hereaka

Legacy (e-book)

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.

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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.

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  • ISBN: 9781775503606
  • Pages: 268
  • Format: ePub / Kindle
  • Language: English
  • Publication Date: 31 Jul 2018

Product Review

This book, as well as being entertaining, also presents a lot of insight into what life was like for the soldiers of the Māori contingent.

Te Ariki is a character that I could relate to better than most characters in books about history. When he goes through history, you also feel like you're living through it, because you've also followed Te Ariki through skipping school, family arguments and girl problems. This is really important to keep readers (especially teenagers) interested in the story, something which isn't usually done in regular history books.

Full review: https://goo.gl/UqMe8pKimihia Garcia-Grace, The Sapling

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About the Author

Whiti Hereaka

Whiti Hereaka (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa) is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter and a barrister and solicitor. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University and is a trustee of the Māori Literature Trust. She has had many plays produced for the stage, and in 2012 s... Read More