Sunday, November 27, 2011

Legend: By Marie Lu



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.


Because of all the hype that was attached to it (it already had a movie deal, it was to be produced by the producers of Twilight, and the general reviews and rumors that had circulated about it) I was both hesitant and excited for Legend. I didn’t want it to turn out as just another hyped up poorly written romance novel.

I never should have worried.

Legend was fantastic. The action is both nonstop and captivating. Lu crafts a seamless story that weaves effortlessly between Day and June’s perspectives, creating an engaging world for readers to be drawn into. The plot is filled with surprises and twists that will keep readers glued to their seat. And the book itself is just well written in general.

That said, yes the action was exciting. Yes, there were twists and surprises in the plot. But most importantly were how well the characters were crafted. I found myself really getting to know Day and June. Readers will feel for both of them and understand why they are each acting they way that they are. Their inevitable love interest was not done in a cheesy manner, and each of their back stories were engaging, believable, and fit perfectly into the structure of the story. I would have wanted to know more about June and Day, but with the amount of time given to each of their stories Lu does a fantastic job really establishing each character. Further I wouldn’t be surprised if we discover more about each of them in the next two books in the series.

Of course June and Day weren’t the only well constructed characters, Day’s brother, John, and partner in crime, Tess, were also great characters that if time permitted could each probably have their own books about them.

All in all I was very impressed with Legend. It was fast paced, well written, and full of interesting characters. I’d have no trouble recommending this book to anyone looking for a good book, and fully intend to recommend it to all my friends. All in all a great book and I can’t wait for the sequel.


9 out of 10


Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Published: November 29, 2011

Price: $17.99

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