Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Review: Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu

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.

I had a feeling I would enjoy this book and I was right.

In Legend, June is a prodigy and destined for great things as part of the Republic. Day is a troublemaker whom the Republic can't seem to catch. Their paths cross after June's brother is killed and evidence points to Day. June goes after Day, but before long, it becomes clear that something else is going on and the Republic isn't as honest as it seems.

I enjoyed the story and the progression. The story of this first book is pretty much what you would guess based on the summary. However, there were a couple or so surprising twists that I thought were absolutely perfect and served the story well. The flow of the story is action and world-building first, and then the romance comes, sort of like with Divergent, but the world and the conflict is more similar to Matched.

I liked the world of Legend. The story is set in a world wherein much of the coasts of the US are now underwater. The Republic is at war against the Colonies, which want to take Republic-controlled land, and the Patriots, who want to take over as well. This seems plausible to me, in the sense that it's what you would expect in real-world scenarios. The idea of people taking the Trial and getting assigned work based on their score brings to mind elements of Divergent and Matched, but it's still wholly original.

The story alternates between June and Day's points-of-view so you get to see inside their head a bit. I'm meh about June, who I'm still not quite sure if I like or dislike by the end of the book. I do, however, like Day, despite his cockiness about his looks. Day reminds me of Robin Hood, but June is more Irene-Adler-meets-Katniss-Everdeen than Maid Marian. I like their romance, though, despite by ambivalence about June.

I'm definitely interested to see how the rest of the story plays out.


  1. The world of Legend is fascinating.
  2. The premise and the story is exciting.
  3. June and Day are well-matched and there's something there that could make for really good sequels. 


  1. Some may feel like June is too perfect. 

“Ms. Iparis told me about what you did to her on the streets. How dare you force yourself onto someone of her rank."
Ah.Here is what's really bothering him-I guess he found out about the kiss. I can't help grinning,even though my face screams in pain. "Awww. Is that what's got you down? I've seen the way you look at her.You want her bad,yeah? Is that something you're also trying to earn your way up to, trot? Hate to burst your bubble,but I didn't force her into anything."
A deep scarlet rage flashes across his face. "She's looking forward to your execution,Mr. Wing. I can guarantee you that."
I laugh. "Sore loser,huh? Here,I'll make you feel better. I'll tell you all about what it was like.Hearing about it is the next best thing,isn't it?” 

  1. You're looking for books that are similar to Divergent.
  2. You like strong and smart female characters.
  3. You like books that have plenty of action and a promising storyline.



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