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Legend

by Marie Lu

Speak | April 16, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Legend is rated 4.5238 out of 5 by 21.
"Marie Lu''s dystopian novel is a Legend in the making."--USA Today

"Taut and exciting."--The Los Angeles TImes

"Legend doesn''t merely survive the hype, it deserves it."

A New York Times bestseller!
5 Starred Reviews!


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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.21 × 5.49 × 0.9 in

Published: April 16, 2013

Publisher: Speak

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 014242207X

ISBN - 13: 9780142422076

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from SOOOOOO GOOOD!!!!! when i fist bought this book i did not expect a lot from it . After reading this book i can honestly say it one of my favorites . Never was i bored , it kept me on my toes through the book . i loved the romance between June and day.i think all dystopian readers should get this book <3>
Date published: 2013-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book! This book was so good! it was pretty fast paced, and there was almost always a cliff hanger at the end of each chapter. i really liked hearing from the two different characters perspectives. you should definitely read this book, it is one of my favourites and i cant wait to read Prodigy!
Date published: 2013-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read Legend deserves great reviews as the story is well written and the characters are interesting. This book has the potential to be one of the best teen books written in terms of combining story and action. Very good read.
Date published: 2013-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Action Packed dystopian for fans of Maze Runner, Divergent, Hunger Games Originally published on http://bibliophilesisters.wordpress.com/ This is the first book in a dystopian trilogy which takes place in the year 2130 in what was once known as the Western United States of America. Following societal changes this area is now the new Republic. The other states have formed what is known as the colonies, and these two nations are in the midst of a new civil war. There is even greater divide of the classes which is evident upon seeing the millions of people crowded in the slums battling the ever mutating plague. They fight for everything as evidenced by the “skiz fights” back alley brawls people bet on to make a buck. At the same time the elite live in luxury skyscrapers with university education, military training and coveted electricity. To separate the weak from the elite the Republic requires every 10 year old to be tested by the trials. This is a vigorous test consisting of a written, oral and physical portion. Those who fail are sentenced to a lifetime in a labor camp. In this story we meet two very different characters from complete opposite ends of a social spectrum. June was born into one of the elite families and was raised in one of the wealthiest areas. Her parents were killed in a car crash which left her older brother Metias to raise her. She may only be 15 years old but she is very analytical and smart and is being primed to become one of the military’s greatest. She is a military prodigy since she was the only one to receive a perfect score on her trials. Then there is Day he might be a handsome 15 year old guy with blond hair and bright blue eyes, but he is the Republics most wanted criminal. Born in the slums he failed his trial and was barely able to escape. Since that time he has had it out for the Republic: bombing buildings, stealing money and medicines means he has quickly become enemy number one, but maybe his motives might not be what they seem. These two are from completely different worlds, and yet they have more in common it seems. There really wasn’t any reason for their paths to cross until one of Day’s missions goes wrong and Metias ends up dead. June takes it in her own hands to track Day down and bring him to justice to avenge her brother. She is the only person with the ability and determination to accomplish this mission, and soon she finds she is successful, but what if everything is not as it seems? I really enjoyed this book. I listened to the audio book and also read from the novel. Let’s talk about the actual book first. I like the clean simple cover; the silver background with the gold emblem is catching to the eye. I feel this cover will attract both males and females. Then when we get into the story it is told in alternating POV chapters. Junes are in one black font and Day’s are in a different gold font. I like this touch (Just like Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult) it helps keep who is talking straight. The story is fast paced and reads like a movie, but I definitely felt that some of the elements of the story were predictable. I would have liked a little more history about why the Republic and the Colonies were formed. I hope that in subsequent books we will get more of the politics behind this decision. I really liked the characters especially June who was a great heroine. I felt that Marie Lu didn’t waste time on secondary characters. If she talked about a character they play a significant part in the story. I hope that in the next books we see more of Tess. The ending of the book was intense, and the last few chapters were full of drama and action so I can’t wait to pick up the sequel Prodigy which is out now. I also recently found out that there is a novella (Life before Legend) that consists of two short stories from before this book. I will have to check that out. I read an interview with Marie Lu which asked her how she had come up with the idea for Legend. She said that the character Day had been floating around in her brain since she was 15! One day she was watching the movie adaptation of Les Misérables and thought it would be interesting to bring the conflict between Jean Valjean and Javert to a teenage setting since they were so equally matched. The story originally had two lead guys, but when she pitched the story to her boyfriend he suggested making the detective character a girl and June was born! What a great story about how her book was created. I love seeing where authors get their inspirations. The movie rights have been purchased by CBS films. I think this would work well as a movie or TV show. We will have to watch for news about that in the future. I would say definitely pick up Legend if you are a fan of dystopias like Maze Runner, Hunger Games and Divergent.
Date published: 2013-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Legend by Marie Lu The first thing that I have to comment on are the characters. Day and June – the two characters that are focused on – would be invincible if they didn’t have the weakness of their loved ones holding them back. Characters that are too perfect bother me because even the best soldier has their flaws. Flaws do not include a limp, or a family that could be used against them. Saying this though I realize this is the first book, and there will probably be lots of room for development as the story continues. Although similar to other novels I’ve read like the Hunger Games or Divergent, Legend was still a captivating story for me nonetheless. The similar theme that I’ve seen in other novels made Legend less alluring than I think it would be if I read this one first. There were things that stood out as original. I liked the fighting in the bars and being able to see the street life, then flashing back to fancy uniforms and military protocol. The contrast in the story is obvious and keeps you wondering what is going on with Day as you read about June. The romance between two characters that are complete opposites but seem to have quite a few things in common is adorable, and personally I wanted to see more of it. I guess they were a bit more intent on saving lives and defeating the government and all that stuff. Gets busy I suppose. Check out my blogging website for more reviews! http://insubstanial.blogspot.ca/
Date published: 2013-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating and Thrilling! Woah! Legend blew me away! The whole plot and concept is fanatstic, and the characters are truly amazing. I'll start with the things I didn't like so much: as many suprises that came up throughout the book, there was one that i knew from the beginning (I'm not going to give anything away; lets just say that it has something to do with June's brothers death). The part that bothered me was the-i want to say 'lack' but thats not quite the right word-small amount of emotion involving what happened at the end with (one of) Day's brothers. Don't get me wrong, it was definitely a deep and heartfelt situation... Afterward. At the moment of the event, even though it was in Junes P.O.V, I felt it could've been written better. The last thing was the feelins Day and June felt towards each other. It was definitely real, but i felt like it was developed a bit too fast for my liking. Those are really the only things I don't like about Legend. I absolutely loved the characters and the chemistry between them, and the secrets and suprises we learn along the way. Day and June are both similar and different at the same time, if you know what I mean. They are both well developed and deep. All of the characters were amazing and felt like true characters. I really enjoyed Tess and Thomas above all. The writing was so very amazing. I could picture everything happening and loved the way there were short flashbacks into the characters lives before... Well, before everything happened. The suprises and secrets you come across are amazing. And the setting really won me over. Overall, I definitely reccomend Legend! if you are even concidering reading this book, I encourage you to go out and but it! Everything is great about this book-and those 3 things i mentioned earlier didn't make me feel anything less then amazed by this book. I don't even care about them because there are so many other wonderful things about Legend. I can honestly say that I love this book!
Date published: 2013-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #SWAGGY This book was really amazing. its a dystopian novel but it is definitely one of the bests:)
Date published: 2012-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I Liked It More reviews at: www.eyesonthepages.blogspot.ca While I don't have much to say about Legend I can say that it was a slow start that picked up surprisingly quick. The way that Lu makes the two main characters run into each other is rather creative and believable and, while it may seem convenient, is what I believe to be incredibly creative. While two separate characters, I found June & Day to be gender copies of one another. Both were incredibly smart, resourceful, and had an enormous sense of pride. I don't know if it was because of this, but unfortunately, Legend wasn't really anything special to me. I definitely liked it - the ending was quite intense - but for the other parts of the book it was just... Likeable. If that makes any sense. All in all, I don't really have much to say about Legend other than the gold colouring for Day's perspective was kinda neat and that I just... Liked this book.
Date published: 2012-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book Review Blog Please go to this site where I review books and sometimes movies. More books though. http://booksblogspot.blogspot.ca/
Date published: 2012-07-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Anxious For More Answers! As usual, the cover! I'm just gonna put this out there by letting ya'll know that I'm not a fan of this cover. I guess there's supposed to be some sort of symbolism in it, but I'm sorry, I just don't see it. I guess this where the saying "don't judge a book by its cover" comes into play. Because this book was totally interesting. It was very fast paced and I finished it in a day- this says a lot because I am probably the slowest reader, turned blogger, you will ever meet. Seriously. I isolated myself from the world around me, and just read. Legend is written in two different POV's; Day and June. Day is this badbutt villian who OBVIOUSLY has a good side to him-how else is he supposed to find true love? and June is the pretty, smart, rebellious girl... quite immpressive. She has all the characteristics that make her irresistable. And yet.. she was boring. Have you ever read a book where the traits of a charactrer are laid out but you don't really see them actually PUT INTO the character? well, this was the only problem with Legend. The characters were just plain boring. Even though I knew that Day was this awesome villian. I just didn't FEEL it. Besides that, the main storyline was a little flat. I love the part of a book where the mystery is being solved and Legend didn't really give me much of that. I'm waiting for the sequel because I assume thats where we'll find out whats actually going on. Legend was quite the cliffhanger and I have a lot of unanswered questions. I rate this book a 3, only because I'm soo anxious for some answers
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I can't wait for the next one! I picked this one up during my dystopian book reading binge phase. I had heard good things about it, and figured why not? When I first opened it up, the font colour of the text is divided into Gold and Black. I hadn’t seen anything like it before and for me it definitely distinguished itself. The story is told from two alternating perspectives, the gold text corresponds with Day - the poor, wanted criminal with a heart of gold and the black text corresponds with June - the smart, kick ass girl prodigy of the republic. Although I hear in some versions (likely the second round of prints?) that there is only different fonts that separate June and Day. The cover features the symbol of the Republic which has a great simplistic boldness to it. The symmetry and the colours of gold and silver together create a very totalitarian effect that works with the whole military controlled nation. I loved the feeling of contrast that we got from each world, where everything is clean, expensive and pristine in June’s world versus the dark gritty world of Day. June’s character was a refreshing take on a heroine, she was smart, skilled in combat and strategy, fearless and loyal. She knew what she wanted to do and did it, she didn’t wait for someone to tell her what to do and she didn’t need to be rescued by some boy. In fact she did most of the rescuing if I recall. What really had me cheering was that June could put the pieces of the mystery puzzle together. She didn’t need a huge villain/hero stand off where the villain reveals all the details - these always make me go *face palm* it’s so cliche, and never works in favour of the villain. Her cunning ideas and thirst for vengeance leads her right into her target Day and into the middle of secret government conspiracy that makes her challenge where her own loyalties lie. Upon reading the book description I wholeheartedly thought Day would be the gruff and tough criminal that was constantly causing trouble because of some vendetta he had against the Republic. But boy was I wrong (if anything June is the bad ass action figure). Day was not what I expected - he spends his days surviving and churning up money and supplies to support his family from a distance while causing trouble for the Republic. If anything he kind of reminds me of Robin Hood, the heart of gold outlaw stealing from the rich. It’s the sharp mind, and brute strength combined with his unfaltering humanity that makes him such a lovable character. Of course when you throw a young boy and girl together from opposite worlds in dire life or death circumstances there’s the obligatory hormonal romance. However, with these two, their romance is fuelled by honour and trust which forges a powerful bonds that makes these two a deadly team to try and confront. The villains of this book were at times difficult to distinguish, at one moment they’re friends and you turn around and there’s the barrel of a gun pressed to your head, the circumstances of everyone were ever changing and it kept me on edge and constantly reading to find out the truth of it all. Because the story line is told from two perspectives, we are introduced to conflicting situations throughout- and this really mounted the tension throughout the book because as the reader you want to know what the real account of what went down is. Then when it’s all revealed there was plot points that even all my speculating couldn't predict. This is a great action packed read, and I really can’t wait to see what the next one entails!
Date published: 2012-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I can't wait for the sequel.
Date published: 2012-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent, but hardly the best June and Day both live in the Republic, but that is where their similarities end. June is the daughter of a highly regarded family and has entered into the military to serve the republic that she so strongly believes in. Day's family lives in the slums and has already survived an attempt on his life by the Republic even though he is but 15. Thrown together after June's brother is murdered - seemingly by Day - the two opposites find out how truly similar they are, and how the Republic is far from what either of them imagined. While this is a decent dystopian teen novel, Legend pales in comparison to the works of Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Scott Westerfeld. This first novel in the series certainly sets up an interesting model of our future, but one that seems to be made piecemeal of the futures we've been shown by other authors. A fun read, but not as engaging as it was hyped up to be.
Date published: 2012-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites!! Another Dystopian tale, yes I love this genre. Why? Because there's always a common enemy, and there's action and loss thrown in with romance. Ahh the romance. What could possibly be going through these charcter's heads when their life is on the line? When there's no hope? Yet they fall in love in the most unlikely of environments and I love it. The pacing is on point with just enough cliffhangers to keep you from turning the page. The mystery involving the Republic is what kept me from putting the book down. I needed to know what happened next and I couldn't stop reading Day and June, two teenagers on the completely different sides of the government. One, a rebel living in the slums, creating chaos for the government. The other, a rich and privileged teenager with the makings of being an agent. The book is unique just because when you are reading Day's point of view, the typeface and color is set differently than June's chapters. I thought that was quite uniqe and beautiful for a book. RATING 5/5 QUOTES “When I look to my side, I see a boy holding out his hand to me. He has bright blue eyes, dirt on his face, and a beat-up old cap on, and at this moment on, I thi j he might be the most beautiful boy I've ever seen.”—June (page 109) “She's pretty in a way that distracts me just like she did in the Skiz ring. No, pretty's not the right word. Beautiful.”—Day (page 113) “You and I may have the same enemy,” I say. “And they've pitted us against each other.”—Day (page 231) “You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”—Day (page 304)
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Looking for a new Hunger Games? Well, Legend is the book for you. We are in the Republic of Los Angeles, where the United States are a myth. Day is a wanted criminal, performing acts of terrorism on the Republic. June is the prodigy that will hunt him down. The Republic knows what's best and tells only the truth...or does it? With chapters that made my jaw drop, this book will leave you wanting more.
Date published: 2011-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerfully Addictive! Originally posted at http://dazzlingreads.blogspot.com There was some buzz before Legend's release but It wasn't very noisy. However, from the reviews I read before immersing myself into this story, I knew that I will find excellent material in this book. I only heard great comments about Marie Lu's debut novel and my expectations were pretty high.Oh yes they were. Oh my LORD! Did I say that my expectation were high? Well, Legend certainly reached all of them and went beyond the sky into the outer space! I am sure that Legend will consume readers with its highly addictive story. The dual point of view is masterfully written and I really loved reading from June and Day's perspective as well as experiencing the two different worlds they come from. Day and June are much more than lovable characters, they are admirable! However, I don't feel that the character's age (fifteen) is the most accurate age for them. I think that June and Day are very mature and I would feel much more convinced if the characters were at least seventeen. Yet, we do know from the beginning that June is a prodigy so this is somehow justified. Still, I do feel that the characters are older teens and not fifteen. Regardless this, I love the characters very, very much. June is everything a heroine should be and Day...well...he is the most wanted criminal in the Republic of America and now he certainly is the most wanted hero among the YA readers! I am one of them! Legend is no doubt a solid Hollywood movie material! Twist after twist, this book never stopped surprising me and kept my eyes glued to the pages! To say that there is a Shock Factor in this book is an understatement because just halfway through the book, there was a moment that caused such a big impact on me that I couldn't believe it wasn't the ending or the climax of the book. After such a shocking moment, there were still another 150 pages to go through so imagine how much more I experienced during the entire book! With that said, Marie Lu's brilliant story is more than enough to place her among my favorite authors! I simply can't wait to have more of her books in my hands. Readers should be ready to jump from their seats, to feel their hearts freeze, to often forget how to breathe and to bite their nails to the point of bleeding while reading this book. Legend by Marie Lu is an all-consuming and magnificent debut! Shocking, powerful and addictive, Legend will certainly be a favorite among YA and dystopian lovers! A must-have!
Date published: 2011-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a definite favorite among YA dystopian novels In the crowd of novels chasing the magic of the Hunger Games, few have satisfied my craving for dystopian adventure (and romance). Roth's "Divergent" measured up, and now "Legend" just might as well. If you love this genre or are looking to try it, I recommend this book. I stayed up all night to finish this in one sitting, and can't wait for the sequel (and movie, I hear!). I loved the alternating narration by the protagonists; this was a really effective way of quickly showing how a truly good person can't always tell right and wrong if they've grown up immersed in one side of a conflict. It's fascinating to watch these two young prodigies - each with all the makings of an extraordinary hero but living opposite versions of the same dark world - fight their way toward a parallel destiny. I loved living inside the razor-sharp minds of these kick-ass geniuses, seeing from their perspective as they navigate obstacles with elite skill and intelligence (this brought to mind the impossible feats of other super-agents, like Jack Bauer on 24). I thought the romance aspect was really well-done also.
Date published: 2011-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast paced fun dystopian YA Pros: dystopian/postapocalyptic America, complex world building, intelligent characters, minor romantic elements, fast paced, real concequences for actions, clear POV / Cons: / For Parents: some violence, no language, kissing/ Day is 15, from a poor sector, and the Republic's most wanted criminal: for acts of terrorism and because they can't identify him. He breaks into a hospital to steal plague medicine for a family member and has a run-in with military Captain Metias while trying to escape. / June is also 15, the only person to score a perfect 1500 in the Trials. She's being training for a job in the military. When her brother - and only living relative - Metias is killed by the fugitive Day, she's given the job of hunting him down./ Legend takes place in a future where the U.S. has broken up into the Republic and the Colonies. Electricity is intermittent outside the richer sectors and, due to the war, sometimes even within it. Lu has crafted an intricate world but only shows what the characters would notice or care about, so there's a lot of information regarding class distinctions (especially pointed out by June) but little history or politics outside Los Angeles, where the story takes place. Hopefully later books will add more of such information./ The two teen protagonists tell the story in alternating chapters, with Day's side in a brown font so it's impossible to mix up whose point of view it is. And while both teens are super smart, noticing details and getting into adult problems/situations, they're not angsty at all. The characters face very real consequences for their actions even as they develop feelings for each other./ The pacing is fast and the plot is compelling. If you like dystopian YA, read this.
Date published: 2011-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vivid, Unique and Realistic! Legend's premise instantly grasped me. This year I've undoubtedly been hooked to dystopian titles. I'm crazy for them! I've rarely been disappointed by them, but yet I've been very choosy about which particular titles I wanted to pick up. Legend was an absolute must read for me and I couldn't wait to read it! Vivid, Unique and Realistic! With a some-what typical setting viewed in most dystopian titles (a crumbling society, rebellions and the sort) I was really intrigued with Marie Lu's developments in regards to the Republic, it's wholesomely divided districts, and the military. With that came the wonderful addition of both June and Day's dual perspectives, two characters from completely different worlds coming together in the most unexpected of ways. It was exciting to dive in further and further into Legend to discover what brilliant mysteries it held. And that, my friends, was the sweetest part of it! It was unpredictable, exciting and full of mystery. I was left guessing throughout. The characters were vivid, unique, realistic and out of this world. I had an exceptionally difficult time hating any of them, especially the villains. June was uptight, determined, fierce and inspirational - a dream kick-ass heroine! Day was, well, DAY! Not only was his reputation as a criminal mastermind appealing but his surprisingly soft personality and crazy good looks had me swooning from page one. The man was intense with a capital "I", I'm telling you! If Legend's story line wasn't enough to hook me in then he would have certainly done the trick. So how about we track back on what I've already made clear; Legend is fantabulous, made of absolute awesome, and is still getting to me after completing it. Yes, I loved it. However, with all that positivity, I do have something to get across. Legend, despite my immense enjoyment, felt like it lacked something. After finishing it and recognizing this feeling, I took the time to think about what it was that was missing. In conclusion? I couldn't see where the series would lead off. Will another exciting development take place in it's sequel? Will it suddenly become a story of revenge? I'm still not quite sure, but I'm confident that Marie Lu won't disappoint me. I mean, heck, she more then satisfied me with her debut novel Legend, so why expect anything less then amazing? Marie Lu's Legend was an exciting, edge of your seat dystopian read with lovable characters and an intriguing dialogue that'll have you hooked instantly.
Date published: 2011-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Out-freaking-standing Before I begin my review, know that whatever I say will never bring the justice this book truly deserves. I'm completely floored. I've never read anything like this. The writing is Out-Freaken-Standing!!! With some books it usually takes me a few chapters to get into the story, but I was hooked instantaneously. It felt like I read this in a blink of an eye. 100% consuming. Marie Lu writing is so gripping and raw and forceful. I felt every single emotional imaginable reading this book. Fury, betrayal, hope, joy, swooned and a sadness so deep I cried like alittlefreakenbaby. I love how she didn't give away everything at once. The mysterious surrounding this book was unraveled in his own perfect time, but it never felt frustrating, it just had that sweet sting of anticipation. This has to be some of the strongest writing I've read since the Hunger Games. The setting is truly the most terrifying and horrific world I've seen in a long while. The agony that these characters go through made me feel sick to my stomach. So much evil for something so meaningless. Land. Power. Greed. I loved/adored/worshiped so many characters in this book. Day, John, his mother and Eden. Tess, Kaede, June and Metias. I was totally invested in each of their lives and I actually found myself a bit surprised since this is only the first book in the series and I wouldn't normally feel this strongly about characters right away, but there it is. Day and June are by far one of my favorite couples and I'm not even talking about romance here. They are equally exhilarating!! What can I possible say about Day? I've never meet someone as selfless as him. All he ever wants, all he does, all he thinks about is his family. Help them. Feed them. Cure them. Save them. Even in his most bloodiest state his only thoughts linger on them and that ripped my heart in two. His unflinching fight is awe inspiring and I wish I could quote something that John said to him near the end of the book, it shattered me. So much passion and integrity in a character and you know what? Not once did he do anything out of anger, spite or revenge. His only purpose in life was to live another day to help the ones that matter to him. He is legend. I've never ever been prouder of a character then I am of Day. June was more of a tough one. At the beginning I really loved her. Loved her brilliant mind and the way she looks up to her brother Metias. I respected her. But that respect turned to a fierce hate, so much so that I wanted her broken, but then as the book moves on I started to believe in her once again. I know that it's a lot of different emotions, but if Marie Lu wanted us to struggle with this character as much as she struggled with herself, then I think she did a dame good job of it. I was constantly conflicted throughout most of the story, till the moment I realized I didn't have to be anymore. I'm amazed by how much some of these character effected me so intensely. I don't normally cry for books, but my emotions were strung so high and raw every time a favorite charcter would die. I didn't like the sacrifices that Lu had to use to get her point across, but it was necessary, no matter how much I hated it. Bottom line. This book is freaken AMAZING!! I just don't know how else to say it. The energy this book has is electrifying. I felt dizzy and alive and held my breath and exhaled and paced and bounced from minute one till the very last page. My only thought after reading this book was more. Such an amazing ride. Amazing rush. An Instant favorite!!! One of the best books in 2011!!! Own it. Read it. Devour it. Bring on the movie. Bring on the sequel. Just bring it!
Date published: 2011-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible!! I am so, so impressed with Legend. It is such a fantastic debut, with awesome main characters, intimidating secondary characters, an intense plot and moments that will come out of nowhere and hit you. Very happy I got the chance to read it, and I can't wait to see it translated onto a big screen. I'd definitely recommend Legend, pre-order this one! ~~~ Legend was just an amazing roller coaster of a book. Engaging characters, a sympathetic and exciting storyline and all in such a pretty package, this was a book I could not put down. June is a military prodigy. She scored perfect on her Trial exam and is the youngest student at her university. Day is an elusive criminal, wanted by the country but utterly a mystery to those that want him. They're both extremely intelligent and complex characters, and I found they complemented each other very well. Going between their alternating points of view, how they acted, how they saw each other and dealt with their issues, both internal and external, was like watching an intricate dance, both circling around each other, trying to find a weakness, waiting to strike. It was exhilarating. The murder of Metias, June's older brother and only family, was a hard blow. Even though he appears briefly in a couple scenes, his importance to June, their relationship with each other, is clearly recognized. He was what you would think of as a typical big brother--a little annoying and overbearing but fiercely protective towards his little sister. Day's involvement with Metias's death kickstarts June into taking a leading role in hunting down the elusive criminal, and she gets closer to him than anyone ever has. The realization of what is beginning to develop between them is slow and steady, growing to a point where it could cost one or both of them their lives. It became like this dangerous secret, with hidden meanings and pointed glances, all very forbidden and intense. On top of the great characters, Legend plays out like a giant, violent, unexpected game of cat and mouse. Ms. Lu was not afraid to kick some characters' butts, kill others, or generally make my jaw drop at opportune moments. Who is the cat and who is the mouse changes, leaving you wondering who exactly is calling the shots, who's the prey and predator, who can you trust? Review from my blog: http://allofeverythingforyou.blogspot.com/2011/10/review-legend-by-marie-lu.html
Date published: 2011-11-08

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Legend

by Marie Lu

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.21 × 5.49 × 0.9 in

Published: April 16, 2013

Publisher: Speak

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 014242207X

ISBN - 13: 9780142422076

Read from the Book

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC OF AMERICA POPULATION: 20,174,282 PART ONE THE BOY WHO WALKS IN THE LIGHT MY MOTHER THINKS I’M DEAD. Obviously I’m not dead, but it’s safer for her to think so. At least twice a month, I see my Wanted poster flashed on the JumboTrons scattered throughout downtown Los Angeles. It looks out of place up there. Most of the pictures on the screens are of happy things: smiling children standing under a bright blue sky, tourists posing before the Golden Gate Ruins, Republic commercials in neon colors. There’s also anti-Colonies propaganda. “The Colonies want our land,” the ads declare. “They want what they don’t have. Don’t let them conquer your homes! Support the cause!” Then there’s my criminal report. It lights up the JumboTrons in all its multicolored glory: WANTED BY THE REPUBLIC FILE NO: 462178-3233 “DAY” ------------------------------------- WANTED FOR ASSAULT, ARSON, THEFT, DESTRUCTION OF MILITARY PROPERTY, AND HINDERING THE WAR EFFORT 200,000 REPUBLIC NOTES FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO ARREST They always have a different photo running alongside the report. One time it was a boy with glasses and a head full of thick copper curls. Another time it was a boy with black eyes and no hair at all. Sometimes I’m black, sometimes white, sometimes olive or brown or yellow or red or whatever else they can think of. In other words, the Republic has no idea what I look like. Th
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From the Publisher

"Marie Lu''s dystopian novel is a Legend in the making."--USA Today

"Taut and exciting."--The Los Angeles TImes

"Legend doesn''t merely survive the hype, it deserves it."

A New York Times bestseller!
5 Starred Reviews!


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.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu (www.marielu.org) graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin&#8217;s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one boyfriend, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Marie Lu’s  New York Times  bestseller  LEGEND :    From  ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY : “Fine writing and excellent execution.  Sequel, please !”   From  THE NEW YORK TIMES : “ Legend   doesn’t merely survive the hype, it deserves it .”     From  USA  TODAY : “Marie Lu’s dystopian novel is  a ‘Legend’ in the making .”     From  THE LOS ANGELES TIMES : “an  action-packed love story  full of inventive details.”     STARRED REVIEW from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: “ Lu’s debut is a stunner . . . raises hopes high for the sequels to come. ”     STARRED REVIEW from  KIRKUS REVIEWS :  “ A gripping thriller  in dystopic future Los Angeles. This is no didactic near-future warning of present evils, but a cinematic adventure featuring endearing, compelling heroes.”     STARRED REVIEW from  BOOKLIST :  “[D]elicious details keep pages turning . . .  you’ve got the makings for a potent sequel .”     STARRED REVIEW from  VOYA :  “A fast-paced blend of action and science fiction (with only a hint of potential romance) means that this one will likely appeal to male and female readers alike.  Debut author Lu has managed a great feat—emulating a highly successful young adult series
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