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Review of Legend by Marie Lu

by - May 12, 2012

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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I've put off reading this book for quite a while now but I saw it for £3.50 and decided to grab a copy and see what it was like for myself! I can now say that this book is all kinds of awesome and I'm whacking myself round the head with it for waiting so long to read it! 

I loved that it switched from Day's point of view to June's almost seamlessly, yet they both had such unique voices I never got confused as to who was who. Sure, the bold text of Day's chapters helped but I strongly believe that I didn't need them! I really liked June's brother, Metias and I was pretty sad when I learnt that he was awesome, as I knew from reading the description that he was going to die. We do get a hear a little more from him later on in the book but it wasn't the same as him being around.

The plot was a little predictable at times and I had no trouble guessing the twist in the tale unfortunately. Thankfully this never harmed my enjoyment of the story as the world that Marie created was so rich and full of life! Thanks to having the point of view of a street kid and a government prodigy, we get to see people from both sides of life, which doesn't happen often enough in today's Dystopia.

I was a little confused about the romance aspect though. I could completely see why Day was attracted to June, as mentally she was like him plus being beautiful and mysterious probably helped a good deal. But I couldn't work out why June was attracted to Day, a guy that had killed her brother. It just didn't work in my mind.

The ending! I'm literally on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book - and not just because my mattress keeps moving away from the wall, guys. I can't believe I've got to wait eight months before it's released, my finger nails will be non-existent by then! *runs around flailing her arms*


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  1. I loved this book, too! I can't wait for the next one!

  2. I really enjoyed this book too! I wasn't sure what to expect as I had mostly avoided reviews but this was so great. I think my favorite part was how smart June and Day were; I admired them instead of wanting to slap them for making super stupid decisions.

  3. I have heard a lot of good things about this book. I feel like with so many dystopian books out there nowadays its hard for a person to have one that is unpredictable and new, ooh a cliff hanger ending I hate that and then you have to wait until the next one comes out and your dying lol. Great Review!

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  4. Great review! :) I loved Legend! I really enjoyed it :) I can't wait for Prodigy either!! :D £3.50 is so good! I liked how the narrative was split as well :)


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