Review: Legend by Marie Lu

“Thrill seekers and action lovers of all ages will delight in the rich dystopic environment from debut author Marie Lu.”

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Title:Legend (Legend #1)
Author:Lu, Marie
Publisher:Putnam
Pages:336

From Hicklebee’s: 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.

Marie Lu pens an interesting dystopian in her debut Legend. Told from multiple points of view we are able to learn much more about the surroundings and the regime that the protagonist will be rising against. The font for June and Day varied in color in the review copy, gold for Day and blue for June. I hope that carries over into the finished copy of the book. It felt very dynamic while reading.

Lu narrowed down the scope of her landscape by focusing on the western part of the US. The technology used in the futuristic plot was superb and wholly believable. I enjoyed learning more about the inside of the government and military by having a character on the inside that the reader is immediately able to feel sympathetic towards.

June thinks Day killed her brother, Day is after all the most crafty of criminals – he also tops the Republic’s most wanted list. June infiltrates the streets, lands in with Day and begins her undercover military work to bring him in and make him pay. And he will pay – June will make sure of that.

Day will do anything to protect his family. He has a laugh now and then about the news of criminal activities he supposedly committed. Day isn’t half as evil as the government thinks he is. He saves June’s life in a knife fight and brings her into his small crew. He couldn’t leave her out there to be killed, or worse, it wouldn’t be the gentlemanly thing to do.

Day and June should be the epitome of nemesis for each other, but as they uncover secrets about the Regime they find they have more in common than previously thought.

Legend is everything YA dystopia should be and more. I look forward to reading more from Marie Lu. Legend hits the shelves later this month.

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2 Responses so far

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    Eeep — just started this one today. Glad you liked it and can’t wait to get into it this weekend!

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    i’ve had this one on loan from a blogger for a few weeks, but i’ve been suffering from dystopian overload and haven’t gotten around to it.

    however, the multiple povs and the promise of a solid read sound like something i’ve been missing.

    thanks for the review!

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