Legend by Marie LuLegend by Marie Lu


byMarie Lu

Hardcover | March 28, 2012

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Once the western coast of the United States, the Republic is now a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors, the Colonies. Born into an elite family, fifteen-year-old June is a military prodigy being groomed for success. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. June and Day have no reason to cross paths -- until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered, and Day becomes the prime suspect.
Marie Lu received an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Her works include the Legend Trilogy, which is comprisef of Legend, Prodigy and Champion.
Title:LegendFormat:HardcoverDimensions:394 pages, 8.75 × 5.75 × 1.25 inPublished:March 28, 2012Publisher:Thorndike PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Loved this book and the series, hard to put down! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER! I bought this a while ago and absolutely loved it! I've read so many books over the years and this hands down will always be my favourite! The book has so many details that it feels like your in there world and as you continue the series you get so lost in their world, you don't know what reality is. I defentily recommend this book and the entire trilogy :)
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is definitely on my list of favourite books. I love dystopian novels and this one was one of the best I've read. The characters were written in a way that you fell in love with them. The entire series was action filled. I recommended this series to many of my friends who do not usually enjoy reading and they all loved it and finished it very quickly.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! Loving this trilogy, one of the only dystopian ones I really liked. Felt different from the others - very strong characters built up well.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! This book was amazing! I found the story has got action sequences and that this story didn't have a love triangle, which I loved because we get to see how the main characters interact with one another. I found myself loving June more than Day, but maybe that is because June was just so badass that Day could not beat her in my opinion. I love Day but June just had a much clearer voice. I loved that this novel was shown in alternating POVs because I got to know the mindset of both the heroine and the hero of the story. It made me believe in that fact that they fell in love much deeper to me. Can't wait to read the next two books. I think this book taught me that sometimes we have to break the rules made for us to be who we truly are.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great YA book Great pace, good characters, and a great start to the trilogy. Highly recommended
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I read this book a couple of years ago and it was great! very enjoyable, things move a bit fast but it's exciting.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good About the book: Legend is the first novel in a trilogy. Prodigy and Champion are the second and third books. First impressions: I had high hopes for the book. It’s shorter than I thought at about 300 pages, especially considering the genre. Part of the reason why I purchased Legend was because my friend likes Lu. I’ve also been meaning to read some of her work, since I see pictures of her books online all the time. At the outset, I think the story started off promising. It had potential to be so much more, though. Summary: The nation is at war. A female prodigy and a male criminal cross paths after said female’s brother gets murdered and said male becomes a suspect. But not everything is as it seems. Characters: The novel is told in first person point of view, both Day’s and June’s. As much as I enjoy books told in alternating viewpoints, I tend to like reading one side over the other. So I found myself looking forward to hearing Day’s side of the story more, as he’s the wanted criminal people are after, despite the fact he isn’t an evil or terrible guy. That said, I wanted more character development from everyone, not just the main characters but the secondary ones as well. Of course, there’s some romance between the main characters, and their relationship blossoms quicker than I wanted for their feelings to be believable. At least, they don’t fall in love right away. In fact, for about half the book, June thinks Day murdered her brother, Metias, so she seeks to avenge his death by bringing Day in. Overall, both characters are likeable, even quite similar. They’re motivated by different reasons, yet ultimately the two are just trying to do what they think is right. “Logic will save you when nothing else will.” Conflict: Metias is murdered and Day is suspected of killing him. But as Day tries to save his family and June tries to catch the most wanted criminal in the country, both teens start to uncover the truth behind what their country is really up to. Although we don’t get a ton of answers in this novel, I assume we’ll learn more about the secrets and lies the country’s government is keeping as the series goes on. Writing: While the story is well-written, I felt like the book lacked in world building. I wish Lu included more description about people or places. The story advanced at a good pace, but I found myself anticipating what would happen next and being right. So some surprising twists or turns would have been nice. The action scenes (thinks chases and fights) are great, but I didn’t get a good enough sense of where things were taking place. Final thoughts: Even though I found Legend predictable at times, it’s still a fun, quick YA read. I tend to enjoy dystopian stories and this wasn’t a bad one. Not the best I’ve ever read but still worth checking out.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Lots of fun, exciting and very fast paced!!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly Enjoyable This book is epic. There is action, mystery and romance. It's a complete package.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly Enjoyable This book is epic. There is action, mystery and romance. It's a complete package.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 3 I’ve never been a fan of dystopian books. In fact, I pretended to like Divergent and The Hunger Games so I could actually have a conversation with another human because I had no friends back when they were popular. I wasn’t even going to ever read Legend, but Marie Lu came to Canada last year, and I thought I might as well give it a chance if I was going to get it signed. If you like dystopian books, you’ve probably already read Legend under another tittle by another author. If you don’t like dystopian books, you should also skip Legend, because it has all the dystopian clichés you could want. This includes, but is not limited to: the corrupt government, the government leading to the death of a loved one of the main character, main character(s) are super different from everyone else, and the US is the only country that could be involved in a dystopian government conspiracy. There’s nothing new here. It is also terribly predictable. It took me two chapters to guess all of the “ground-breaking” truths Metias leaves behind for June, and the whole thing with Day is painfully obvious. There is nothing to keep you reading when you already know what’s going to happen. The most interesting thing for me was contemplating whether or not Marie Lu called it the Republic because according to my history teacher the US is the only functioning Republic. Overall, Legend is not worth a read, but is not “bad” enough not to not finish, earning it 3 stars out of 5. I do however recommend Marie Lu’s Young Elites trilogy. If you like anti-heroes, you’ll enjoy The Young Elites.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Her best book Out of all her books, I would have to say that this is my favourite by Marie Lu. The characters are likeable and the plot is riveting and entertaining!
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Great book that was action packed and fast paced.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Amazing Book The book was really well written and had me interested at the very beginning. Legend wont let you down if you want a book with action and romance
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nothing New It's a good book it just feels very similar to other dystopians. The characters lack dimension and the plot feels very unrealistic. However the setting was somewhat interesting, just again very familiar. I enjoyed this book enough while reading it, it just didn't offer anything new to the genre in my opinion and it sadly wasn't very memorable.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS SERIES I read this series last summer, and didn't sleep 2 nights in a row just so I could finish it. I LOVED the first and third book, the second felt a bit too much like a filler novel, but I did still enjoy it. The plot line is amazing, I loved how the book flows, it's easy to read. I fell in love with June and Day, as well as a few other characters such as Tess and Eden. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a strong female lead, a futuristic setting, and an original plot. 9/10
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Just love it! Love the author's decision of having two narrators! Love all the characters! Love Day! Read the book in one day! I just couldn't stop.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Out of this world One of the best YA books I have ever read!
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Action I picked up this book at random and was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out. I'm not really sure why I had a low opinion of the book at the start but the story is so well written and full of fast-paced interesting action. The characters are really well developed and the ending had me craving more in a good way. My only complaint was that during certain points it became very predictable but I can't wait to read the second one.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really loved it! A friend of mine recommended this book to me after she had received it for Christmas. I absolutely loved it. I started reading it in the evening and literally stayed up reading all night. Definitely in my top 10 books.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Young for YA but still exciting. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My all time favourite book I LOVED THIS BOOK. This book was very well writen. It is romantique, action packed with a sci-fi twist. I honestly could NOT put this book down.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good It was a good book and i was really into while i was reading it but i never got around to reading the others
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved! Actually a 4.5 out of 5 stars. For some reason I put off reading this series for quite a while. I bought it and was very excited to read it and then I let it sit on my shelf collecting dust for a very long time. Well, I finally got around to reading it and I'm SO glad I picked it up! It was a super fast paced, action packed read and I would highly recommend it. You'll fall in love with the characters and the story quickly
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hmm A bit weird, not very memorable
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good. Good. Good. I really like the story by itself. The idea of two narrators is nice. The dystopian world seems good. Yet it wasn't my favorite YA novel! It is a page-turner, because there is a lot of actions, but you can sometimes predict what will happen! The third novel of the trilogy is by far the best !
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unsure This was a really solid dystopian. It was more violent and realistic than I expected, which was great, but I couldn't give it four stars because it was pretty predictable at times and the romance was kind of cringe. Overall I thought it was a good book and I will be reading the rest of the trilogy right away, but I don't have a lot to say about it.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's Pretty Good The book is really interesting. I really like the characters, especially June, because she is a very strong female character and I really admire her. However, to me, the romance seemed just a little bit confusing because there was not a lot of romantic tension building up before the romance so when it came I was not prepared. But other than that, I am looking forward to what comes next.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Inconsistent I love dystopia, and some of this was really thrilling, but the relationships of the characters is ridiculous. It can only go downhill from here.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Day Altan Wing and June Iparis When I first got introduced to the amazing things that come along with reading, this was one of the first books that I've read. I liked it because it was dystopian and also because there was so much fun things happening in it. And June is such a strong character. I loved the characters and the adventure in the book
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome My only problem with this book was that it wasn't longer. Also I'm terrified that I like it so much because I think it's gonna smash my heart into itty-bitty pieces down the line.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! Absolutely adore this series and the first book in the trilogy. I read this series after the hunger games and divergent and thought that there were no other books to top those series because they were so good! I went through a bit of a dystopian novel phase.... But soon this series became my favourite series! I love how Marie lu incorporated both perspectives of the characters, June and Day, and as a reader I felt complete because you're able to see both characters develop and read their thoughts and feelings without feeling clueless.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I was so surprised by this book. After years of reading okay dystopian novels that were basically Hunger Games rip offs, this book hooked me from the first page and did not disappoint. Must read!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite! This is one of the best dystopian book I've ever read. Instant favourite
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This book is defenitely a page-turner ! Even when I re-read it, I can't stop until I read it all...
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was a great book! I loved it! So glad I read it!
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marie Lu rocks! I got the last book (Champion) as a gift and so I ended up buying the first two as well because I can't stand having an incomplete series on my shelf. Right from the start, I was already hooked. The two protagonists are both amazing characters and have beautifully written histories and I love how Lu interweaves them. Would definitely recommend!
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Action packed This book is described as being a "modern"-dystopian re-telling of Les Mis, or atleast based off of the two main characters, Jean Valjean and the detective who hunts him. This is a very cool idea. Yes, the book is a bit slow initially, and some characters, like June seem unlikable at first, but once you read the entire book you can see the growth of the characters. Also how strongly you will dislike characters like Commander Jameson.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I've reread this series at least 5 times and I love it more every time I do. It's filled with action and love. Overall, it's very interesting and I love it. Day and June are the cutest ever. The series gets better as you read on.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it The cover is the first thing that caught my attention, i wanted to know what that symbol meant. Once i began to read the book, i soon devoured its contents and came to the end. An amazing story, loved it from the beginning to the end. Would read it again.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is the one, let me tell you Haha, this book. This book! it was the fastest thing I have ever read, and the entire thing was compulsively entertaining. There was not a single moment where I was just hoping the book would just get on with it. I mean, I mean, it wasn't like the book had you at the edge of seat for the whole thing or anything, but there was enough of everything, and for a quick read, this was what I needed.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the better dystopian novels I'm usually not a fan of YA dystopian novels, but this one is an exception. The story was actually well-written (for once), and I found myself drawn the story of between the two characters. The author really did a good job in creating complex characters, and it was great to read. It feels like most dystopian authors are just spitting out meaningless stories to make their own creation of an unpleasant world work. Thank you, Marie Lu, for actually doing a good job on the writing part.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! My favourite teen dystopian novel to date. Marie Lu is a former game designer which makes so much sense because her writing makes you feel like you are watching a movie (in the best way)! The characters are likeable and interesting. The book has the right amount of romance, comedy, adventure and suspense.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book Read this book a couple years ago and still love it today. #plumreviews
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BRILLIANT As an Asian girl growing up in Canada and media that predominantly showcases Caucasians, as a very arty person, I grew up thinking I cannot pursue anything I love. I thought I was forced to go study sciences or other things that I wasn't passionate about. I thought, because of my ethnicity that my options are limited. But when this book came out and the main characters were mixed written by an Asian, many things flew into my mind. First off, when I read the book, I didn't regard the author's ethnicity and just read it. It was amazing in general, the story, the characters, overall writing was amazing. It had the perfect balance of romance, action, and mystery and I love me a strong female character. After I finished the novel, I felt like I could achieve anything because of the protagonist and Marie Lu showed that ethnicity does not affect the amount of success you would achieve. Love the story and the real life inspiration!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book!! Legend is the first in a three book series written by the author Marie Lu. Now I heard about this book from my wife who is an extreme book nerd herself. She had some positive things to say about it, so I figured why not. I'm always looking for a good book to read. I would like to start off by saying I really like the cover. It's flashy and almost mysterious. Also, the feel of the cover with its raised lettering and symbol is an interesting addition to a cover, and quit creative I do have to say. Anyhow obviously I was attracted to this book when I heard it was a dystopian. Not going to lie, I am huge into dystopians. I mean, who doesn't wonder what could happen I the future. This book had two great main characters, that the book switched view points between every chapter. At the end of every chapter, it made you want to read more, to see the other side of the story. It was almost like reading two books. The main character Day, a street wise kid that rebelled against the republic and June which was on the republics side. Considering each other enemies at the start, but eventually coming together for mutual cause. Both characters had strong personalities, even June was a very strong female character. That I think made the story even more interesting. I am not one for love stories, but this was one that seemed to be more appealing. A lot of action, and a lot of progression in the story. I was really impressed with the way Marie Lu put the characters together and explained their reasoning for their positions in the book. A good read as far as I'm concerned. I definitely have to say a five star book that made me wanting more in the end. Would I recommend this read? Definitely if your into dystopians and are not looking for a mushy romance story. If your want a book that makes you keep wondering what is going to happen in the next chapter, then this is something I would suggest for you. I enjoyed it all around and am happy to have it as part of my book shelf collection.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Sci-Fi/Dystopian I love how realistic Marie Lu's futuristic world is! It's scary how much I can actually see something like this happening in today's world. I love the intelligent and street smart characters, they are brilliant! I love them so much :') I finished this book in 2 days and reread it thousands of times. Waiting for the next book was excruciating so make sure you are prepared to wait unless you go out and buy the whole series at once. Then you're good to go.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Dystopian Another Marie Lu book? Heck yes. She is a fantastic author who writes the most amazing trilogies. I love them all! This book is set in a dystopian world that is actually possible (don't ask me how). There's kick-ass characters, sarcastic remarks, and it all happens in a wonderfully developed world that you easily slip right into. You will not want to put these books down!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great start to series Legend was a pleasurable read with some badass characters. It's a good start to the trilogy and I'm looking forward to reading the second book!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved this trilogy!!!! Day and June are two of my favourite characters of all time. Marie Lu's writing is fantastic.
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Start to the Series! Let me sum up my feeling about this book in some short sentences. I love Day. I love June. I hate Thomas. I hate this book's government (a lot). The Patriots are pretty cool. The ending was fantastic. Anyways, this book was awesome! For the first 100 pages, it was slow and I couldn't get into it. I thought I was going to hate it, but after those 100 pages the story pulled me in. The characters were so easy to connect to and picture. First we have Day, the criminal. At first I didn't like him very much but as the story went on my love grew for him and I started feeling sympathy towards him. Then we have June, the kick ass female main who got on my neves at first but then I realized some of the things she was doing were leading to something else. Day's family was so adorable and I wish there was more of them but the fact that Day is a criminal didn't help! I love the whole concept of this book and there were a lot of parts I read that made my jaw drop. There were so many plot twists that I didn't see coming and those made me love the story even more! The ending was pretty sad. I really love that character's attitude/bravery. I'm not completely happy with the way the ending played out (since I did get a bit emotional) but it made it so that the second book has a lot of potential! I've heard this trilogy just gets better so I'm looking forward to continuing! I really love Marie Lu's writing style! I'm probably going to read another book in between this one and the second book since I don't think I'm emotionally prepared for what the next book has in store aha. If you haven't read this fantastic book, GO READ IT!!
Date published: 2016-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY FAV SERIES!! Leeeegeend!! I literally could feel every word I read ripped my heart out. I know I am really emotional and cry for everything, but seriously, I was already crying in -not even- page 40... and ever since. Loved (and hate at the same time) the characters. Loved the story and the way is written. Some stuff were pretty obvious but I still felt all the emotions when it happend. Honestly I BELIVE it's worth reading.
Date published: 2016-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE This is a great book. Action packed, suspenseful. brilliant all in all. Always keeps you guessing and the ending is a MAJOR plot twist. Never read anything like it.
Date published: 2015-10-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow and uninspiring. I probably had set my expectations too high when getting this book because I got very disappointed. Not only did I find the story to be slow and hard to keep track of, there were just not enough momentum to keep my interest. I forced myself to read it and struggled with completing at least one chapter each night. The book is also riddled with completely unnecessary parts that could easily have been deleted from the book. I mean seriously, what's the point in having a 1000 word long scene describing the main characters dream and then ending it with something in the line of: "and then I woke up and don't remember a thing"? Then whyyyy did I have to read about it? It doesn't do anything to the story, nor to the characters development, it's just rambling. There were good parts in it for sure and it's definitely not the worst I have read, but I just can't see the hype and the praise it got.
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Read! This book was amazing. Very strong plot line, and very dystopian, so if you're not into that then don't bother reading this book. Both Day and June are strong, well-developed characters, and their different perspectives are fascinating. I would definitely recommend this book!
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Umm I'm not to sure about this one, on one hand I enjoyed it on the other it was jumpy and had a pretty shallow plot in my opinion. But please don't let my review stop you from reading this I'm merely stating my thoughts on it.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! This as an amazing book, I truly loved the ending. But it was a bit predictable in the beginning. Even if it was a bit predictable I was surprised in a few parts. I recommend this book for all reader's out there.
Date published: 2015-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It Its unique, enjoyable and makes you unable to put down the book. I was hooked from the very first chapter! READ IT !
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome The book is awsome and intreging #joe basket aaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwsssssssssssoooooooooonnnnmnmm33333330- .
Date published: 2015-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good Loved it. Was interesting and sucked yew into the characters and storyline. Built a fairly strong background for the characters as well.
Date published: 2015-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You Have To Read! I Couldn't Stop Reading Once I Started
Date published: 2014-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ BOOK. It Was Very Exciting And Thrilling With No Dull or Boring Moments. Once I Started Reading I Couldn't Stop. I NEVER Found Myself Bored Not Even Once. I Would Recommend This Book To EVERYBODY I know. You Should Read This Book!
Date published: 2014-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Anden I liked anden in this book (and the rest of them)
Date published: 2014-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Legend Great read, took me a bit to get into it but then it was a page turner.
Date published: 2014-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal One of the best YA novels ever. Hands down.
Date published: 2014-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal This book was great! Finished it in two days. The character development is supurb and there are lots of nice plot twists thrown in. A definite read.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Great book, highly recommended. The characters are really lovable and if you love Divergent and the Hunger Games you will definitely love this book. Could not put it down
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book Characters don't have much depth, so I'm not itching to read the 2nd book. Overall its a decent read.
Date published: 2014-01-05
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 So good so sad so funny
Date published: 2013-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book After the Hunger Games Trilogy and Insurgent I thought I was done with dystopian books. A friend of mine told me I HAD to read legend. I bought the book and finally reluctantly picked it up and got so swept up in the story of Day and June that I now am reluctant to read Prodigy until the last book Champion is released so I can read them back to back!!!!
Date published: 2013-10-08
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 4 out of 5 by from Legend If you liked hunger games you will have the same feelings for this book. I just hope it has a brighter ending than the depressing one in Mockingbird :-P
Date published: 2013-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow great book. made me want to keep reading.
Date published: 2013-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! This is another great book about a dystopian society. Can't to read the next book in this trilogy.
Date published: 2013-08-02
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 Awesome This book is awesome, the author did a really great job of describing the scenes and the action. I recommend this book to anyone who liked the Hunger Games, The Maze Runner because you'll LOVE this!!!! This book is also for anyone who is into the action-mystery categories for book. This book should be made into a movie!!
Date published: 2013-01-04
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
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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