04 February 2013

{Book Review} Legend

By: Me My Shelf And I | 04 February 2013 at 12:00 AM | | | | | |

Author: Marie Lu
Pages: 305
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publish Date: November 29, 2011
Rating: 4 Birds

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

I am a total sucker for all things Dystopian..some I like, some I don’t (but I finish them anyways..then throw the book across the room when it doesn’t end the way I wanted it to), some I love….this one: I LOVED!! First: I love how Marie Lu writes this book from the POV perspective and each chapter alternates with the characters and so does the colour of ink used, small detail, but I loved it.

Marie Lu was first inspired to write this book while watching Les Mis “and wondering how the relationship between a famous criminal and a prodigious detective might translate into a more modern story”…Well..she has most certainly accomplished it….While there may not be any love lost between Hugh Jackman and Russell Crow, there is definitely some love found between June and Day. (I’m sure that’s no surprise to you the reader since we can’t have a story without a wee tiny bit of love thrown in there…it makes things fun, especially with adolescents).

Honestly, what I think makes the book so good is the POV perspectives. Marie Lu has done such a great job at creating the characters of June and Day that it was like I was completely looking through their eyes at everything that is happening in the book, everything that they are feeling within themselves..I was totally there with them. I mean I could see the landscape, I was watching the Skiz fight (think dog fight but with humans instead) , happen in the bar. This was the point, I know and Marie Lu has achieved it.

June is the Republic’s military prodigy being groomed like her brother for a life of military service. She is quick, she is smart…but is she smarter than Day? Day is the country’s most wanted and notorious criminal at the young age of 15. His family thinks he is dead so that he can protect them and no one knows what Day looks like. Day is trying frantically to save his family’s life from a plague that they are suffering with and gets himself into trouble while doing so. June’s first military mission is to find her brother Metias’ killer who they assume is Day…or is it? The action and adventure is like Bourne on paper(ok, so I’ve never read Bourne, just watched the movies) , I loved the combat and missions. In a not so surprising twist you’ll get to see just how crazy the government can be.

You will fall in love with June, Day, Tess, Kaede, Metias and some characters you’ll hate, just like your supposed to.

You’ll have to take the adventure for yourself into the Republic of America in Dystopian Los Angeles and see what becomes of June and Day. Then you don’t even have to wait to see what happens since Prodigy, Legend #2 was released on January 29, 2013

The only reason I am not giving this 5 birds is because being the detailed person that I am I wanted a wee bit more history on how the Republic came to be at war with the Colonies and I never got it, even in those spaces and places that I thought I would get more info. Hopefully Marie Lu gives us more in Prodigy.

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  1. I gave my review 1 star less because of the same reason, but I've read some reviews for Prodigy and everyone is saying that the worldbuilding and the history is way more in depth and explains a LOT! Can't wait to read the next one :)

  2. We did a fan movie trailer for this book and we're trying to get the word out. We would love any feedback you might have for us. What did you think?



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