Thursday, March 15, 2012

Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu
Published on November 29, 2011
ISBN: 039925675X
288 pages
Ages 12+

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.

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.

While it seems like I read/review a lot of dystopian novels, I love the genre. And although it seems like everyone is jumping on the dystopian band wagon, it is a genre that sells, with good reason. The fears and situations that the characters find themselves in, along with the story-lines,  are definitely something that could come to pass. They are very realistic and thought provoking.
Legend is no exception. The upbringing of the main characters, June and Day, reflect who they have become, and they both think they are right. 
But what happens when one of them find out that the other really is right, and what they grew up believing is while not an outright lie, maybe a fabrication by those in power to control things and make sure everything runs the way they want it.
There are enough twists and turns throughout the book to keep the reader on their toes along with some situations that I definitely did not see coming. 
I really feel for June and Day and the things they are going through, and found myself rooting for them to discover just what was the right thing to do.
This book was available in advance at last year's Book Expo America. It was one that was definitely on my must check out list. Unfortunately, by the time I made it to the booth to pick it up, they had run out of copies. Seems like everyone else wanted this book as well. 
In a fortunate turn of events, I received a copy from Penguin for review. It was apparently in the stars that I read this book. And I am glad that they lined up for me that way. This is a fantastically written debut novel from an author that we will be seeing a lot of good things from.

Find out more about Legend on Facebook
and Marie Lu's Website

About the author: 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 for an Asian girl. At least, I like to think so. :)

I was born near Shanghai, but settled down in Texas until I 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.


  1. I loved this book! When I saw Marie Lu on the Breathless Reads tour, she said that June was originally supposed t be a male character! I thought that was interesting....

    1. I have read that about June. I wonder how the story would have been different if she had been kept a male character.

      And BTW, so jealous that you got to go to the Breathless Reads tour. I so wanted to go but they did not come anywhere near me. :(

  2. Great review. I thought it was just okay, but the points you make in your review are spot on. There are times where if I wasn't totally crazy about a book but everyone else loved it, I will read it a second time, try to absorb what I've missed in the first reading, so I might try rereading this one.

    1. Thanks Laura! If you do end up rereading it, you will have to let me know if anything changed for you.



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