Monday 13 February 2012

Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu
Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 304
Genre: YA Dystopian
Pub Date: 2 Feb 2012
Format: ARC-Paperback

A special Thank you to Puffin for sending me this book to review. 

Los Angeles, California Republic of America. He is Day. The boy who walks in the light. She is June. The girl who seeks her brother's killer. On the run and undercover, they meet by chance. Irresistably drawn together, neither knows the other's past. But Day murdered June's brother. And she has sworn to avenge his death.

I had heard so much about this book. I wasn't sure if it was going to live up to the hype or not. Well, I am really impressed. Dystopian fiction is such a hot genre right now. I was not disappointed. 

The book is told in dual points of view. June and Day. I love that. You really get a sense of what is going on when there are different POV's. June is from a well to do family. Her brother is a military official and she herself has had a perfect test score and is poised to follow in her brother's footsteps. Day is from a poor family, failing test scores, and now has a life of crime. He is nameless, faceless, and finger print-less. Yet, they are so similar in many ways. But the capital has treated them vastly different. They handle situations similarly. It is very interesting. We're back and forth between June and Day throughout the whole story and I found myself looking forward to what the other character thought about a particular situation. It was nice that I got to find out!

I thought the relationships in this book worked really well. Everything felt necessary. Sometimes in dystopian novels the love story feels tacked on. Thrown in as another element.  Forced. I wouldn't say that about Legend. It felt like the natural progression of things. But, all the relationships felt that way. Mother and son, brother and sister, friend and enemy. They all worked well for me. I enjoyed watching what was happening between characters. I'm a character development kind of reader and there is plenty here. It all felt needed. 

Many of the scenes stuck with me. June in the Skiz fight. Day bandaging June's wounds, and Kissing. I love kissing. I did wish that June and Day were older though. They are both 15 yrs old. I felt that was very very young. Maybe too young for some of the scenes. I kept wanting them to be 18 yrs old. I felt they should have been older. 

Overall, I really enjoyed it. It is worth the hype associated with it. This would be perfect for those who enjoyed Divergent by Veronica Roth. I'm so looking forward to more! 

"What a joke! Poor little rich girl's fallen in love with the Republic's most famous criminal." 


  1. I have read the first 3-4 chapters(I'm not so sure) of Legend and the intrigued factor is just too much for me. It ended on the *some spoilers* death of "someone". I just have to know more and I badly want to read this. Nicely reviewed! :)

  2. I feel like sometimes dystopian novels do have characters that really are too young for some of the things that happen to them, but then I think that's also a reflection of the dystopian societies in which they live. Great review; I'm seriously wanting to read this one!

  3. @Sarahbotbonkers You should pick it back up! I really enjoyed it. It was nicely done!

    @thegrownupya The age is fine. I just kept picturing them older in my head. It is the dystopian world they are in though, you are so right. It is meant to be YA. I also think it leaves room for time to grow and more books. But, it was an excellent book!

  4. I really loved the second half of this one, but wasn't crazy about part 1, ha. But I am anticipating the sequel now.

  5. @Erica I can see that. I was waiting for them to "meet up" basically. Get thing a moving already!! I'm definitely going to be into the sequel.


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