Release Date: November 29, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
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.
For some reason Legend by Marie Lu just didn’t jump out at me. Maybe it’s the monochromatic cover? Maybe I’m getting a little burned out on dystopia (who would have thought!?). Whatever the reason is and I am thrilled that I still picked the book up because it was so utterly fantastic.
Marie Lu takes a standard dystopia format and makes it completely unique by making it very character driven. June and Day’s world was a scary place, but there isn’t a ton of focus on that in this book. I found that refreshing. The characters weren’t trying to overthrow their government and such. They were faced with their own problems albeit they were big problems. I found that take rather refreshing after some of the ‘characters taking on the world’ books I’ve read lately. I have a feeling that the next book might be a little more like that, but I’m completely fine with that. I had a whole book to get to know them before they are faced with those challenges.
I didn’t notice that Legend is from two different perspectives until I started reading it. Two very, very different perspectives. I almost always prefer a girl’s pov over a boy’s. Not in this case. Day was just a more likeable character. He might have been the most wanted criminal in the Republic, but you can’t hold that against him. He never really does anything wrong. He’s more like a Robin Hood type and I love Robin Hood.
June on the other hand was a little bit harder to swallow. I ended up liking her, but at first I didn’t know if I would be able to connect with her. Her development throughout the story was great and it turned her into a sympathetic character before the end.
I just really, really recommend Legend. I recently read another dystopian with lots of buzz and I loved this one much more than that one! Legend deserves lots of buzz. It’s a awesome and compelling debut!
It must also be noted that I really like the cover now after reading the book. I’m happy that it will appeal to boys too, because this is one I would definitely recommend for boys! There is also a lot of detail inside (the ARC at least)with colored font. I loved colored font. It gets me every time….