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Legend (Legend #1)
Marie Lu
Young Adult – Dystopian
Putnam Juvenile
November 29th, 2011
Kindle edition

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbours. 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.

General Comments

Legend was one of those books that just picks you up and whisks you off and you don’t realise how long you’ve been gone because you’ve been lost in the story. Filled with vibrant, three-dimensional characters, intrigue, and a world shattering mystery, Legend is a book that I’ll go back to time and time again.


Critical Review

The story in Legend is not that easily summarised, at least, not by me. It’s not enough to talk about the world they live in, the government that rules them, or the rigid divisions in society. Legend is ultimately a story about love, not love between June and Day, but rather the love they feel for others. It is that love that makes them go the unbelievable lengths detailed in this book, it is that love that leads them to uncover a truth so sinister it shatters June’s beliefs and strengthens Day’s convictions. Ultimately, it is that love that makes this book and its story so absolutely riveting because each of us has someone for whom we’d do the impossible and that makes us root for June and Day and wish for their ultimate success.

Legend would not have been as good as book if not for the beautiful writing, the easy flow, and the effortless use of two distinct perspectives, those of Day and June, both written from the first person POV. These all combined to weave a tale that was actually a pleasure to read.

The characters also played a huge role in making Legend all that it was. Day and June felt real to me from the first words of their narrative. They were like open books to the reader, their thoughts, their feelings, their motivations all made clear to us from the get go. I loved Day for how much he loved his family. For his principles. And for being so adorable. I loved June because of her enthusiasm, her drive, and for her unbreakable determination. The author created more than just characters in these two, she built personas, people, that most would be glad to know and even happier to call friends.

Something that especially struck me was how realistic the world they inhabited was. It was extremely well thought out and thus a prime example of exceptional world building. I loved how seamlessly the political system, the social classes, and thus the people and their differing outlooks and reaction worked together to make something believable and extremely real. Overall, Marie Lu was able to create the perfect setting for her story.

Rating Conclusion

Legend was such a whirlwind of beautiful writing, believable characters, and an eerily realistic world, that I can give it no less than five out of five stars. And I simply can’t wait for the next book in the series.

I hope you guys enjoyed today’s review! Have a great day!