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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Legend by Marie Lu

Marie Lu's Legend is a dystopian novel that somehow escaped my attention at first. But as Breathless Reads came closer, I knew I wanted to get a chance to read it. Well, I kinda failed at that, I was about halfway through it when I went to Breathless Reads. But I finished it up not too long after. It was a hard book to put down!
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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' 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.

What I Liked: 1) Both June and Day are incredibly well-developed characters. As Marie Lu's writing goes, she created very deep and realistic characters with full developed back stories that just make them leap off the page. 2) Additionally, I felt like you got to know these two MCs equally, because the perspective changed with alternating chapters. Something extra that I enjoyed was that when we were reading Day's perspective, the font was gold (an easily readable gold) and June's was in black. This made it easy to differentiate between each voice. I also took note from these colors, and what they said about the character they represented. 3) This book keeps you guessing from beginning to end. There are things going on that you as a reader know but the characters don't. And there are things that they know that the reader doesn't. But despite these differences, there really wasn't ever any disconnect. 4) The ending. The final big sacrifice at the end just broke my heart. It was a complete surprise to me that it turned out that way, and I know that readers will all be wondering what's going to happen next!

What I Didn't Like: Nothing. I want more!

Overall Thoughts: Marie Lu's Legend is a dystopian novel that will appeal to many YA fiction fans. Day's Robin Hood-esque personality versus June's by the book rigidity creates an interesting and dissonant environment for readers to travel through. Jumping from Day's perspective to June's perspective gives you a glimpse into both characters' minds and gives the reader a chance to really get to know these two. Legend was an action-packed and fascinating read that many will enjoy!

My rating: 5 shots

Cheers and Happy Reading!


  1. This book was awesome!! So glad that you liked it. I listened to the audio book and they had a male and female narrator to read from Day and June's perspectives. One of the best audio books I have listened to.

  2. Great review! I really enjoyed this one too and I agree both Day and June were fabulous!

  3. I thought this was a great book and I will definitely be looking for book #2!!!

  4. A five eh? One of my students has this. I will wrestle it back from her!

  5. Spot-on review! I loved everything from the characters to the plot to the font. The ending definitely threw me for a loop and brought tears to my eyes but it was fitting. On glad Marie let her characters go where they needed to go.


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