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Legend by Marie Lu

November 24th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Won from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer

Publication date: November 29, 2011

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from 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.

When I read the description of this book it sounded like something right down my alley but as it sat on my shelf I found myself hesitant to read it after realizing the past few books that I have wavered on have all had male, teenage characters that grated on my nerves.  I finally made myself pick up this book and could not put it down.

As I sat in my chair thinking about the book when I was done I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it.  The story line is pretty predictable and I knew early on who the bad guy was going to end up being, who would end up saving Day and of course that Day and June are going to fall for each other.  So I wondered just what was it that kept me so engrossed and I realized it was simply Marie Lu’s writing style.  The chapters alternate from June’s point of view to Day’s point of view and for the most part the transition from one to the other was so smoothly done that it flowed with barely a hiccup.  I wanted to smack June around a little for following the Republic so blindly and yet I felt sorry for her having grown up so brain washed and then to have reality come crashing down on her.  I loved Day’s character plain and simple.  Despite growing up in the slums and then being tossed aside like trash by society he still retains a sense of honor, compassion and is amazingly intelligent.  The other character who we only get a brief look at is June’s brother, Metias, but that little glimpse made me wish we could have seen more of him in the book.  We find out he is actually this great computer hacker, apparently smart, good looking and a caring brother.  What’s not to love?

I have to say the only thing that bothered me about the story is that both June and Day are only 15 years old.  That was hard to swallow as we see June go from school to one of the highly regarded officers in the military within such a short time span.  Yes, I can see why she would get a ton of recognition and favor for capturing one of the government’s top enemies but it just doesn’t seem at all plausible for a 15 year old.

Other than that I loved this book and I am hoping we get to learn a lot more about these ‘colonies’ the Republic is fighting against especially after the revelation about what Day’s necklace really conceals.  If you are looking for another great dystopian to read definitely pick this one up!

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, Young Adult

4 Responses

  1. Michelle

    I keep heraing really great things about this book! I have got to get it.

  2. Kailana

    This is the first I have heard of this book. Sounds good!

  3. Debbie's World of Books

    Michelle-you really do!
    Kailana-so good. You really should check it out.

  4. Megan

    I have not seen a bad review of this one yet! I really want to read it!

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