Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)

Legend By Marie Lu

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (November 29, 2011)

  • Goodreads Summary

    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.

    My Opinion:
    I'll start off by saying I loved this book! I don't know why I'm always a little surprised when I read a dystopian and love it.  Maybe it's the typical love triangle or love/hate relationship between two strong characters I'm expecting.

    Although this book has some of the same characteristics as other dystopians, it was done in a way that didn't make me want to just skim through parts of it. The story flowed nicely and advanced along quickly enough that I didn't get bored, but not so quick that I felt like it was rushed.
    The characters, Day and June, were well developed, although I would have liked to get to know Tess a little more (maybe in the next book?).  
    Two fifteen year old kids accomplishing so much may be unbelievable to some people but who wants to read about unremarkable characters in a dystopian? I like having young "superheroes" in the story.
    Kudos to Marie Lu for a well written book. It has left me wanting to follow Day's and June's ventures into the sequel. I found Legend to be very enjoyable and I would recommend it.



    1. I have not heard of Legend before- but it sounds like a fast and interesting read. I think this is a book I will enjoy. Great review.

    2. I picked this book up at the BEA in June, but haven't read it yet.

      I will need to...sounds good.


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