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ARC Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Submitted by on June 22, 2011 – 12:39 am9 Comments

Author: Marie Lu
Book: Legend
Release: November 29, 2011
Series: Legend Trilogy 1
Source: Book Expo America
Purchase: Barnes & NobleIndieBound

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.

Told in alternating perspectives between male and female protagonists this book is sure to find a welcoming audience of boys and girls that are eager to fill the void The Hunger Games books left. The similarities between the two books are minimal–aside from both being dystopian in concept, there is little else to compare.

The writing style in LEGEND is not flowery or lyrical like in others of this genre yet it still draws you in with the character driven plot. From fairly early on I had a good idea of the events that were to unfold in the story. Normally, one would think that obvious clues would be a deal breaker, but for me personally, I couldn’t put the book down and that is due in large part to the captivating way Marie Lu has written the character’s voices. Both leads are very distinct and different but they each have something that makes them easy to relate to and sympathize with.

The Character of Day (great name for a hero of any sex BTW) was so layered and amazing that I struggle to find ways to describe him with justice. A bit like a futuristic, teenage version of Robin Hood that steals from the rich to give to the poor he is the type of character both young men and ladies will be able to embrace–for different reasons. He is humble and confident. Smart and reckless. Day is full of honor and morals and yet his Society deems him a criminal. Despite his labeling by the republic as “WANTED”, his rebellious actions and infamous heists accomplished has turned him into somewhat of a celebrity–and he still somehow manages to keep his identity a secret…that is until people he cares about are in danger. Day risks everything in a desperate attempt to help loved ones and ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

June is the opposite of Day in many ways. She was raised in a life of privilege and nurtured by her family (her brother) blossoming into the Republic’s poster girl of perfection. She is just as smart as Day mentally, but possibly because of her gender there are some physical feats the criminal has achieved that she is unable to pull off. Obsessed with being better than the criminal in every way in order to bring him down, June takes on a mission that is personal for her in more ways than one.

Throughout the book Marie Lu demonstrates great character development and pulls the readers along in order to see the final outcome and it really is the characters that shine the brightest in this debut. Both Day and June are strong leads that are inspiring in their own ways. I was up until the wee hours of the morning desperate to stay in the author’s world and spend a little more time with these wonderful heroes. Emotional, fast paced, action packed and easy to read, Legend is a must read.

Check out the for original sketches (which are insanely awesome) by the author of her characters and a fantastic trailer and other media.

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Day is a dreamer who has never met a stranger. She is fearless and will talk to anyone and read anything! She taught music and dance and was a singer/actress for years, performing on stages both nationally and overseas. Now married with children, she spends less time singing on stage and more time writing songs at home. But, family life has not completely slowed this chick down. She still loves an adventure and learning new things. She resides in Texas with her family, Great Dane (Sophie), Labradoodles (George & Cosmo) and Chihuahua (Juan Carlos).
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  • Mona says:

    That sounds like it would be a great read. I'm not always into the dystopian scene, but I think I could work with this one. Thanks for the heads up.

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  • Victoria says:

    Sounds good. Thanks for the review.

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  • Noa says:

    Day – this seems like a book for me! (Though when I saw it at BEA I thought – Dystopian, send to Day :))

    I love new takes on classics and seeing how authors create their own retelling. Day sounds like quite the character ….

    Can't wait to read!

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  • KittNLuv says:

    I just love it when a book draws you and keeps you racing towards the finish! Fantastic review, Day! I have yet to read any dystopian set novels, looks like this one would be a good introduction.

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  • Desilula says:

    I also like this book!

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  • Day says:

    Thanks everyone. I have a little crush on her character Day and I LOVE her drawings of the characters!

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  • Doll Day says:

    Thank you! I really enjoyed it.

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  • I am totally cyber stalking you guys today. This looks really good. I looked at the links and she draws her characters in anime how badass is that? Now I think imma stalk Marie Lu on deviant. Thanks for the new obsession. I think i'll really like this book.

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  • [...] 1. Legend by Marie Lu – This book seemed to entertain me from start to finish. I loved the characters (I mean who can resist a character named Day;)) and the story was exciting and kept me turning pages into the wee small hours of the morning. I love a good dystopian story but am a bit tired of the swarm of Hunger Games clones. Legend is a dystopian that is it’s own story and this one surprised me…in good ways.  (Read my review of Legend)  [...]

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