Review: Legend by Marie Lu

February 14, 2013 5 Stars, Dystopia, Kick-Ass Heroines, Male POV, Marie Lu 7 ★★★★★

Legend by Marie Lu
Series: Legend # 1
Published by Putnam Juvenile on November 29, 201
Genres: Dystopia
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Own
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

Yeah, it’s a cliche, but I started reading Legend this morning, and I couldn’t put it down. This book is a great example of dystopian YA done very well. With two smart, resourceful, and tough main characters, a dystopian world that’s frightening but not too far-fetched, and heavy doses of action and tension, Legend thrills on every page.

June and Day are two fifteen year-olds, living in the same geographical area, but worlds apart on society’s spectrum. June is privileged, a prodigy, and an elite member of the Republic’s military force. Day (aka Daniel) is an outlaw, a lone rebel against the Republic’s oppression. The two cross paths when June is tasked with investigating a crime, allegedly committed by Day, that hits very close to home.

The book switches viewpoints between June and Day, and we are privy to the clever minds of these two young people as they gradually gain a deeper understanding of the world around them. June is initially an unquestioningly loyal member of the Republic. Her encounters with Day, a supposedly ruthless criminal, force her to question her beliefs. Day, meanwhile, faces incredible tragedies and has very few people whom he can trust. He wants to believe June is one of those people, but he has learned from a young age to be wary of the Republic’s elite.

My only quibble – the identity of one of the villains was very obvious to me from the beginning. I’m no genius, so why couldn’t June, with her 1500 Trial score, figure it out immediately, too?

Now, if I could just get through this huge stack of library books with fast-approaching due dates, I could get started on Prodigy, and I’d be a happy camper.

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7 Responses to “Review: Legend by Marie Lu”

  1. Panda Ninja

    I have this book and I haven’t finished it yet. I follow Marie on DeviantART and before the book came out, she would blog about it on dA. When I finally got my hands on a copy, I was happy! I had gotten the last one, lol. Though, I haven’t finished the book yet (due to being busy), but so far so good! I can’t wait to read the second one, Prodigy!. Great review. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Go Flash Go

      Thank you!

      I should just go ahead and buy Prodigy; I suspect it will be one I will want to keep. But I should have it from the library in a couple of weeks, so I’m trying to be patient. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. rivie bleu

    I loved this book as well and I know what you mean, I don’t know why she didn’t figure it out from the beginning, she was supposed to be super smart. But then again, we are given everything so we understand it, being so close to it and considering who it was, she couldn’t just accept it so easily. I do like having more than one point of view, I always want to know what the others are thinking. I can’t wait to read Prodigy. I was thinking the other day if I could take a month off from chosen books for every challenge I joined and tours, maybe I could read all the sequels that have been released already and the new books I want to read already. I need to think of a better plan so I can read the books I would have picked even if I wasn’t blogging.

  3. Kristen Williams

    You know I liked this one but honestly the male voice didn’t seem very male to me–that was probably me biggest problem with it. I also thought June should have caught on a bit faster ๐Ÿ™‚ I will probably read Prodigy eventually–heard great things about it. Great review!

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