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“Legend” by Marie Lu

on May 22, 2013

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GOODREADS SUMMARY:

“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.”

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Wow, wow, wow!! I loved this book from start to finish! It completely blew me away!

The cover: the cover is absolutely gorgeous, puts you straight into a dramatic atmosphere.

The story: What I loved most about this story is the pacing. It’s fast, it’s precise and not one word is superfluous. 

It’s a two point of view story which perfectly suits the narrative because it allows the reader to see how similar Day and June are although everything seems to separate them.

About June: she’s a great female heroine. I disliked her a little at one part of the story because her actions hurt Day. I know, I know, she was acting out of revenge, and it is perfectly understandable. But still, I hold a mild grudge. Other than that, she’s one of the coolest female characters I’ve read about. 

Kaede is also a kick-ass character although she doesn’t appear often in this novel. I’m assuming she’ll play a more important role in the sequel, “Prodigy”.

As for Day! Aie, Aie, Aie: he’s a mixture of funny, sweet, kick-ass, intelligent , loyal and also thought-provoking. Definitely someone I want to read more about!

The dystopian premise is described just enough for the reader to feel the oppressive atmosphere. But was is interesting is that the author introduces the Patriots and Colonies, but doesn’t give too much detail in an already action-packed book. Why is this interesting? Because I’m sure those key elements will be properly developed in Prodigy. I feel like it might’ve been rushed in the first novel.  I guess “Legend” is sort of a 300-page teaser for its own sequel.

And it works because I’m dying to get my hands on Prodigy!

Of course there is romance: not so much that you want to gag, but just enough to get that warm, fuzzy feeling. So sweeeeet!

However, I don’t know if it’s just me, but for now, I don’t really get the whole governmental scheme with the viruses, what the endgame is. But I guess this will be further discussed in the sequel.

Anyway, if you didn’t know already: I loved, loved, loved this book which is why my rating is:

 

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