By Marie Lu Editions: audiobook, ebook, hardcover, paperback Published: November 29th 2011 by Putnam Publishing Group (first published November 2011) Genre: YA Dystopia / Suspense Source: own copy
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.
Bomy’s Flutter: compelling and action-packed
Worldbuilding: A fabulous dytopia version of the futuristic States, Los Angeles. I loved the whole thing, the military Republic ‘stronghold’, the Colonies, the Patriots – awesome world. It’s the kind of worldbuilding that you sort of get oriented about as the story progresses, it doesn’t feel like building the world itself is a focus. I liked how it sort of wrapped around me naturally as I read, and it was clear enough to make sense that way.
Characters: June and Day were a great duo. While June starts out as the ‘good soldier’ but slowly opens her eyes to the horror of reality, Day starts out as the rebel and is proven to be top material for prodigy stats by the Republic’s own standards. There’s this awesome duality to both these characters that I enjoyed seeing evolving. Thomas was by far my least favorite pretty quick in the novel, and as the read went on my instincts were proven very sharp.
June was interesting, though I can’t say I connected with her all that much. She had this rebel streak from the get-go, but at the same she tried to be a good little soldier for her Republic and do what was expected of her. I loved watching her open her eyes, she was a bright young girl and I felt she did open her eyes quickly once she had reason to. But then again she is a prodigy, so I’m not overly surprised. Being quick-witter was very much so part of her character.
Day was more appealing as a favorite for my nature (yes, I’m all for the rebels and bad boys by large, so sue me! lol), but he wasn’t the edgy rebel kind. In fact he was nothing but a sweet, caring young man struggling to do what was right. I felt him and June were a very good fit, they were alike, good people at heart. Day had his eyes open sooner, so it was easier to like him a bit more because of that.
But I can’t say I was all over either of them, I liked them, liked how they were built. But I didn’t fall for either of them for some reason. I also liked Metias, though for most of the story he was present more in memory. Tess was also nice, really liked her.
Favorite Character: none, I must confess.
Plot: The story is a very action-filled dystopia that has some yummy mystery to boot. I felt the plot had a fabulously alert pace, very fast rhythm and increasing as it got closer to the end. June and Day had some teen romance going on, not a focus but a cool part of the story. One thing is for sure, this is the kind of story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and it seems to do so with ease, without really trying too hard. All that tension flows naturally and keeps you on high alert all the way through.
Writing: First person narrative from June and Day’s POV. Very clear, well done, action-oriented style, with each scene packing a big punch. This is that kind of novel that easily becomes a movie in your head, very accessible, it’s well built and flows awesomely.
Curb Appeal: Pffft, awesome cover and hooking blurb. Compulsive buy material.
All in all, Legend was a good read, very action-oriented but it also contains some mystery regarding June’s brother and the whole thing kept my attention. I will admit, had it not been for the mystery angle that is contained, I would have been less interested. Though the novel is written very well, each scene packing a lot of impact and punch, as you guys know I’m not a very big fan of action as a focus and this is all about action. I mean, it’s fun and everything, but I tend to like mystery a lot, lot more. You won’t catch me watching action movies, for instance, unless there’s some special circumstance like it stars Vin Diesel or something. Mysteries, on the other hand, I watch non-stop, all the time, every time I can. Stands for reading as well.
If you’re very into action though, this is the perfect read for you. It’s very active, not dragged out, no filler character building for the sake of character building or world building for the sake of world building. Everything flows around the main line, which is action. Me, I love character and world building more, fact that I’ve never make a secret of. So this was more of a 3.5 then a full 4 read for me.
Part of the charm of Legend, in my opinion, is it blends all these cool elements that will appeal to different people: action, suspense, mystery, romance, dystopia – all the goodies. You’re bound to love it for at least one vibe if not more. So if you’re one of the few who haven’t read this yet (like I was until yesterday), do try it out. It’s a good read, and I’d like to read the next novel in the series sometime, though it’s not a priority on my must-read-now list. I totally wanna see the movie too, btw. xD