Review: LEGEND by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1) 
Marie Lu
320 pages
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: November 29th, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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.

    LEGEND takes place in a dark future, when the United States has split into two warring nations. The Republic and The Colonies both struggling for control over the United States. It tells the story of a famous 15-year old boy criminal and the 15-year old girl prodigy hired to hunt him down. When their paths cross, the truth they uncover together will become legend.

    Legend was just legendary. It was awesome. Normally I don’t read dystopians, there’s just something about them that seems so dumb. I mean where here in the twenty first century so why not write something that people can relate to even if it is a little bit. I know you can’t really relate to Harry Potter but those are fantasy and that’s way different. But there is usually a few dystopian exceptions like the Hunger Games, the Maze Runner, The Enemy, and now there is Legend. For some reason I couldn’t put it down there was just so much action going on through out the whole book. Day was a cool character and his whole story was amazing. Marie Lu does an amazing job of writing the book and she creates a fantastic plot and setting. I’ll definitely be reading the second book when it comes out, and it going to be at the top of my waiting list until then. Every person who loves thrillers should read this it’s just a great read and I totally enjoyed it.

    There wasn’t really anything I disliked about this book except for how cold-blooded some of the characters are, but other than that the book was fantastic. The cover looks really cool with the gold and the weird symbol. But I don’t get what it is and the book didn’t explain it either. And since I read the book and not the cover, it really isn’t a big deal. I rate Legend by Marie Lu 5 stars (for some reason I’ve reading a lot of 5 star book lately) and I would recommend it for anyone 13 and up.

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This review was written by my 13 year old brother, Calidude! :)


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    November 18, 2011

    I have to say I've been curious about this one ever since I started seeing it around. I'm glad you liked it! :) I'll definitely have to pick this one up in the future!

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    November 18, 2011

    This one is definitely a to-read for me! I can't wait to get my hands on it! Even though some of the characters are a bit cold-blooded (is it their upbringing? I'm curious now.), it sounds like an amazing read. Great review!

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    November 18, 2011

    OH glad you enjoyed this I really did too. I loved the dual POV and the non stop action! Awesome review!

    Xpresso Reads

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    November 18, 2011

    Jinx! I reviewed Legend today too.

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    Rummanah Aasi

    November 18, 2011

    This sounds awesome! I'm already having my eye out for this one. So glad you enjoyed the book. :)

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    Lauren M

    November 18, 2011

    Yay! Glad you loved Legend, Calidude! I enjoyed it, too. Great review! :)

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    Mary (BookHounds Jacobs

    November 18, 2011

    Wow — what an excellent review! Thanks so much! I didn't think I wanted to read this one, but it is now on my list.

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    Natalia Belikov @ Dazzling Reads

    November 19, 2011

    Good Lord!! I;ve been waiting for this one and holy cow!! you totally make me want to read this book NOW!! Thnx for sharing!! awesome review =D

    SO many 5 stars books! we are blessed!!

    Dazzling Reads

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    A Canadian Girl

    November 19, 2011

    I'm not a huge dystopian fan either but if you loved this one, I'm willing to give it a try. Great review, Calidude.

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    Molly Gibson-Mee

    November 20, 2011

    So glad you like it! I'm so looking forward to reading this!

    Reading is my cup of tea

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    January 10, 2013

    I really liked this one!! It definitely was at the top of my list of dystopian reads for 2011. Can't wait for the third book (because I already read Prodigy and OH so good).

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    The Writer in the Background

    February 26, 2013

    I so loved this book! (That's the symbol of the Republic, if nobody's told you already.)