Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: November 29, 2011
Rating: 4 stars
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.
Legend by Marie Lu was an interesting read – it started out being a book that I almost didn’t finish, but ended up finishing strong and turning out to quite the read.
Legend was divided into 2 sections. Part 1 was a total flop for me. I was bored until about the last 15-20 pages of it, and even then I wasn’t completely on board. Part 2, now THAT was one heck of a read. I couldn’t put it down, and I loved the twists and turns to plot took. The plot was not simple at all, instead it kept thickening and thickening.
The world was super cool – I always love the worlds in dystopians. I think that was part of what contributed to the slow factor – the world building that had to go on. The whole deal with the Republic was a bit confusing at first, but as things became clearer, it was simply fascinating.
I had issues connecting with the characters. As the book went on, it become a bit easier to connect with them but characters were definitely not my favorite point of the book. I really liked Tess, I thought she was just a total sweetheart. Though, I would have loved to know more about her and why she is on the streets with Day.
As far as dystopians go, Legend by Marie Lu was a pretty good read as long as you don’t mind a very long beginning of about 150 pages in which nothing happens. The other half of the book is brilliant, but it was that first part that held me back from absolutely loving this one. I am super excited to see where Day and June’s story goes in book 2!