by Marie Lu Series: Legend #1 Published by Putnam Juvenile
on November 29, 2011 Genres: Dystopian
, Young Adult Pages:
Hardcover Source: Purchased Also in this series: Prodigy
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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.
What I Thought…
- I found Legend to be really intriguing, both in terms of plot and in terms of characters. Obviously as a dystopian there is an all controlling government, rebels, despair, lack of resources, etc, but Lu did them in a way that made it a bit different.
- I thought her world building was fantastic. The world was built bit by bit over the course of the book. From the beginning you know that they are in California, but you don’t know how far the Republic extends or how it came to be formed. You learn a lot about the Republic but not everything.
- Day was pretty awesome. He is the Republic’s most wanted criminal. He is a huge threat to the republic (in more ways than one). I really liked June as well. She is the Republic’s prodigy, and expected to be perfect and great. Both Day and June are strong, but they are not perfect. My only complaint about Day and June is that they are NOT 15. Dystopian or not they did not behave like they were 15 years old. Every time there age was mentioned I was pulled out of the story just a little bit.
- June’s parents died in a car crash so she has been raised by her brother Metias for quite a few years. His death shook her up something fierce and put her in a position she never thought she’d be in.
- June’s mission is to hunt down the mysterious Day, who is the #1 suspect of her brother’s murder. Throughout her hunt she begins to make discoveries about herself, the Republic and Day. Nothing is what it seems, including her brothers murder. Day is on the run from June, and making his own discoveries about the Republic. Obviously none of these discoveries are good and Day and June will need to put their discoveries together to get the full story of the Republic.
- Other than Day and June you have the opposing sides, the Republic and the Patriots. You don’t find out much about the Patriots other than the fact that they are working against the Republic. You learn lots of stuff about the Republic, but it’s still not enough.
- After Metias (June’s brother) gets killed Thomas becomes his successor. I did not like Thomas from the get-to and that feeling did not go away. He’s a total sleazeball. All of the higher ups in the Republic are just as sleazy.
- In addition to the government unrest there is a plague. The upper class citizens are able to get vaccinated, but the lower class citizens are not. The government raids them often looking for people with the plague and marking their doors when they are found. Day’s younger brother has the plague and Day is trying to get a hold of the medicine used to treat the plague. His older brother and mother have not yet gotten the plague, but it’s only a matter of time.
- Legend was pretty faced paced. There was lots of action and the dual narration worked really well.
If you like dystopians you should definitely give this one a shot.
“You’re brilliant,”he says.”But you’re a fool to stay with someone like me.”
I close my eyes at the touch of his hand.”Then we are both fools.”
“Brave thoughts, but am I ready to follow through on them?”
“I will hunt you down. I will scour the streets of Los Angeles for you. Search every street in the Republic if I have to. I will trick you and deceive you, lie, cheat and steal to find you, tempt you out of your hiding place, and chase you until you have nowhere else to run. I make you this promise: your life is mine.”