Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

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Title: Legend (Legend #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Release Date: November 29th 2011
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★
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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'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.

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My Review: 




Legend is one of those books that's well known and popular online with readers, and I was super excited and curious to dive into it. 

Legend doesn't disappoint, it's action packed, smart, thrilling, and an excellent story.


What's good about it:

Action packed: The concept of Legend is awesome! A post apocalyptic United States that broke apart into The Republic of America, which is the west coast towards Texas and The Colonies, which is the east coast, is super intriguing and I loved all the scenes involving June's training and fighting Republic soldiers.

Writing: Marie Lu's writing is fantastic! Lu does a great job with character development and writing action scenes and the plot moves steadily along throughout Legend.


What's bad about it:

Plot resolutions: June is intelligent, but the way she easily put two and two together to solve the biggest mysterious surrounding her brother and the government was just a little too easy and convenient to further the plot along.

Age: June and Day are 15, and while I understood that this made sense considering the set up that June and Day live in, and that June is a military prodigy, but the characters read to me like 17 to 19 year olds, not 15. This is a minor criticism that is not really a big deal the further you're in the story, but it's something I wanted to point out.

Romance: I liked the romance, I just found it strange how one semi drunken kiss between June and Day created such a bond between them. They didn't really know one another all too much and while I understood that June's actions were mostly driven by her sense of justice, I had trouble wrapping my head around June and Day's continued attachment to each other. 


Final Thoughts:

I loved Legend! It's a great novel by itself and it's a promising start to the series. Go check it out, you won't regret it. 

Legend by Marie Lu is available here.

Check out my review for the other installments in the series: 












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