Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Review: Legend

Legend by Marie Lu
Publication Date: November 29, 2011
Genre: YA Dystopian
Pages: 305

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.
It took me longer than it should have to read this book. Not because the book is bad or anything, I just haven't been reading a lot lately. But I'm working on it.
Legend is a book with a lot of hype around it. I've actually been meaning to read it for awhile. And though I was a bit wary of it because of the hype, it deserves every bit of it. It is well thought out book with a good mix of story and action. There is a lot of world building but that is expected in the first book in a series. And Yes, it is a little predictable at times and it does feel like a lot of other dystopians, it is still different in many ways.
I don't know if I can say the same about the characters. Day and June are both very typical heroes and are virtually the same person just different genders. The only real difference is that Day is more charming. Tess is really just a scared kid and Thomas is just creepy. I wish there was more originality in all the characters.
Okay, so it's not perfect. It is a little predictable and the characters are generic, it is still a entertaining read. It could be a fast read, just not for me. I do want the next one and I do recommend it.


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