Review: Legend by Marie Lu

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Legend by Marie Lu

5 Stars

I was totally rooting for Day in this book. He is a modern day Robin Hood. He steals from the Republic and gives to those who need it, therefore making him the Republic’s most wanted criminal; mostly because of how stupid he makes them look each time he gets away with something. But like all heroes, he has his weaknesses, and unluckily for him, June is smart enough to have figured them out.

June is the smartest person in the Republic…at least on record. And the only person she has left in the world is Metias. So, ok, she might not have lived in the slums, but her life is by no means perfect. Especially now that Metias has been killed, which I was still extremely saddened by, even though it tells us in the synopsis that he dies. At first, I didn’t understand her subdued reaction to his death, but I realized that she needed to grieve in private, not in front of one of the Republic’s most hardcore commanders. Also, part of her grieving included revenge. With all evidence of Metias’s death pointing to Day, June sets out to finally bring him down, once and for all.

And so begins this tale of lies and betrayal, and secrets, and sacrifice. Because of course nothing is as it seems, especially not in June’s world. Marie Lu gives us characters to feel deep emotions for, whether those emotions vary from rage to sympathy, to love, you’ll feel them! One of the things I love most in some books is alternating chapters between the main characters and in Legend we get to see this story from the point of view of June and Day. YAY! The action is intense. Can’t say Marie Lu is afraid of writing some very brutal and bloody scenes! And I guess the biggest question I was left with after finishing is, what is the purpose of the Republic’s evil scheme? It has to somehow play a bigger role because I don’t see the point otherwise. I’m sure we’ll get to the bottom of it soon though. I can’t wait to read the next part of this mysterious story.

Book Info

Legend by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Published by Putnam Juvenile
Pub Date: November 29th 2011
Pages: 320
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: DystopianRomanceYoung Adult
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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’ 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.

About Marie Lu

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. I like food, fighter jets, afternoon tea, happy people, electronics, the interwebz, cupcakes, pianos, bright colors, rain, Christmas lights, sketches, animation, dogs, farmers’ markets, video games, and of course, books. I suck at working out. I also get lost very easily, but am a halfway decent driver. At least, I like to think so. :)

I left Beijing for the States in 1989 and went off to college at the University of Southern California. California weather sweet-talked me into sticking around, so I’m currently in Pasadena with my boyfriend, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and a chihuahua mix. In my past life, I was an art director in the video game industry, but now I write full-time.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

14 Responses to “Review: Legend by Marie Lu”

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    Brutal and Bloody?!?! How have I not read this one yet? It sounds absolutely perfect for me!  As for the death? Even when it’s mentioned before I read the book, somehow I’m always hoping that the synopsis was wrong… LOL!

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

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    Kate S.

    One thing I really liked about this book was June’s development as she slowly changes her opinion of teh system that exists.  Great review!

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    I was rooting for Day in this book too! You’re so right about Marie Lu not being afraid to write brutal scenes which I appreciated her for. I’m curious to see where this book leads us too. Fantastic review!

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    I loved the main characters in this book. Something about them just really grabbed me and pulled me in. I liked the action and the plot too, but I really  missed these characters after I finished the book. I need to find out what happens to them…..

    Great review!

    Stop by my blog!

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    I have been wanting to get this one ever since I went to the breathless tour.. I was going to pick it up there, but I vowed I wouldn’t buy any new series unless I got the kindle version. I’m running out of room. *sigh* I get my kindle this weekend, so maybe I”ll get it then!

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    Courtney Buettner

    I listened to the audio version when my friend and I were driving down to Austen and we both really liked it! Great review! Can’t wait for the rest of the series.

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    I loved this book. It had one of the more ruthless, evil governments in it, I think, and I just remember being so SHOCKED at the things that they were up to when I found them out. It took me a little while to warm up to June but I instantly connected with Day. And I think it was eventually Day that helped me love June. In the end, I ended up being very excited about this book and turning the pages very fast to see what would happen. And I liked the ending because it left things at a GREAT starting point for the next book. Plus – a bonus for me – I actually liked this cover for a dystopian. I cannot stand a dystopian cover with a beautiful girl in a beautiful dress. I want to see something that looks like the story, and this is one of them. Oh yeah, another bonus – the different colored prints on the inside…

    Loved reading your thoughts, Jess. I like how you compared Day to Robin Hood.  <3 

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    Great review. Heard great things, but never really zero-Ed in on the premise before. Love Robin Hood. I am in desperate need for one. I’m definitely moving it up on my must read ASAP list.

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    Jacinda @ Reading Housewives

    This action is very intense! I remember thinking it was “hardcore” a lot while reading!

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    Magan @ Rather Be Reading

    This book is sitting at the top of my massive pile of books to read soon. I can’t wait to finally dive in. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Makes me happy to see a great review for a book I’m so excited about! :)

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