Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Legend by Marie Lu [Review]

Legend (Legend, #1)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Legend By Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Genre: Dystopian Young Adult
Release: November 29, 2011
Hardcover: 305 Pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book 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
(From the Publisher)

Shannon's Quick Thoughts: 
After the dystopian bender I’ve been on this year, it is getting harder to find new and exciting dystopian novels.  But Legend exceeded my expectations. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  My favorite part is the characters.  June and Day are great, well fleshed out characters.  Which is quite an accomplishment since the book is not incredibly long.  The story is fast paced with a ton of action.  So if you like action, this book is for definitely for you!

I will mention that this book takes a certain level of suspension of belief.  The things the characters can do at 15 are pretty astounding.  Granted they are both prodigies in their own way, but they do tend to read like they are older than 15.  But I think this book is aimed at a slightly younger teen set and so some of the plot points are simplistic.  Also, the reader will likely figure some things out WAY before the characters do and some of the events are pretty unsurprising.   But even with all that, I was totally hooked on this book!  I can’t wait to read the second book, Prodigy, which is not out until January sadly.   I highly recommend this book for lovers of dystopia, reluctant teen readers, and younger-ish teen readers (say, the 12-15 set).   

Books in this series in the order that they should be read: 
1. Legend
2. Prodigy [January 2013)
3. Untitled [TBA 2014] 


  1. I'm not in the target market of this book, but I remember Ender's Game and how advanced he and his cohort were, given their ages. It can be done very well if the author knows what they're doing.

  2. Great review! You did a nice job explaining this book and gave me a clear idea of what to expect. I think this is a book I will enjoy. Thansk for sharing.:)



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