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Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (edition 2012)

by Marie Lu

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Authors:Marie Lu
Info:Penguin (2012), Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Fiction, Read in 2013, YA, Romance, Dystopy

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Legend by Marie Lu

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In the beginning of Legend, Day (the characters name aka Daniel) is watching over his family's house which is in the poor sector of the republic. The republic is the government ruling over all except the colonies which are the people who are fighting against the republic. A trial is what every kid has to take on the day they turn 10. Depending on there score tells you what college you might go to or if you can join the military. If you do not score high enough to get into a college they kick you into the poor places. The poor sectors are weekly checked for new plagues and if there is a plague somewhere it is quarantined. June and day both score perfect scores of 1500. June goes on the be the republics most none prodigy, while day is told that he failed the test and sent to a lab. There he is tested for his amazing prodigy abilities. He soon escapes the lab and goes off to live on the streets. One day Day is watching over his family's house (who think he is dead) why'll the plague patrol comes by for a weekly sweep. The plague patrol mark and X on the doors when there is a family that has the plague. When they get that X nobody is to enter or leave that house. When the soldiers come out of his house they draw a red X on is door but the difference from the rest of the doors is that it is and X with a line right through the middle of it. Later he finds out that it is a new plague much worse then the one before. Day runs to one of the republics hospitals and pretends he is hurt so they bring him in. When nobody is looking he runs for the Plague cures. The problem is there is none left so he just took some medicine that would help. During Days escape he throws a knife at the shoulder of one of the soldiers who happens to be June's brother. It injures him and makes it possible for day escape. Then someone in the republic kills June's brother while he is injured. Then the killer frames Day for the death. June is so mad. She reads everything about Day and how she can hunt him down. She makes a plan to disguise as a poor girl in Days sector. She finally finds Day without even realizing its him. They spend a few days together and once June knows its him and where is family is she tells the Republic. The republic comes to Days family's house and shoots Days mom and takes Day and one of his brothers as a prisoner. The other brother is the one with the plague and they take him to a secret lab. Before Days execution June learns that Day was framed for the kill. She then helps Day escape. Since Day and his captive brother look alike days brother goes and gets executed instead of Day himself. Day and June fled the republic and that's where the book ends.

Legend was a very good book that I loved reading. It had lots of action and it wasn't to long. Also post-apocalyptic books are some of my favorite books because they all have a different reason for having a new world after the one we are living in now didn't work. I like how the character named Day seems to almost have super powers. He has the ability to do amazing parkour stunts. June is very smart and notices everything. Legend is a good enough book that I will defiantly be ready the next books. ( )
  GavynG.B1 | Oct 3, 2014 |
I do enjoy a good dystopian, I do. But I have standards.

Any dystopian worth its salt absolutely must have:

Characters to root for
The split POV between the hero and heroine didn't do them any favours. Their personalities are so similar they're practically the same person. Only their differing circumstances told me which POV I was reading.

Robin Hood Day and Maid Marian June are superheroes with superhuman abilities and a penchant for taking risks. They can scale multistory buildings in mere seconds, they possess super sharp eyesight, have excellent strategy and fighting skills and their IQs must match those of Mensa prodigies. Authority figures are there to be disobeyed and humiliated. No rule is too small to be broken. Murder is a line not to be crossed.

These are fifteen-year-olds we're talking about here. Fifteen.

Character growth is non-existent. I don't count the opening of June's eyes because it didn't change her outlook on life, she just channeled her efforts in a different direction.

Did I care for any of the characters? No. They never endeared themselves to me. Both character deaths meant nothing. We didn't get to know them therefore, no shock, no tears.

Solid worldbuilding
How did this world come to be? I don't know. Do I fully understand the inner workings of the world as it is now? Not really. It's all very vague. There's a war going on and the baddies, this militaristic government, appear to be winning. But that's all in the background and not the focus of this book.

A worthy cause to get invested in
Did I feel outraged by the events in the book? No. It was monotonous. The cause wasn't obvious from the beginning though it became a little clearer at the very end. The trials and the plague were downplayed when they should've been ever-present in the readers' minds for the revelations at the end to be meaningful. Mostly there's just a general disparity between the rich and the poor. Anyway, the more you read, the more predictable everything became. There is, however, a mission to be carried out in the next book, which may end up being far more interesting than this one. Legend may well be a prequel to the real action.

After several attempts to read this it failed to intrigue me, and because it's due back at the library I had to force myself to finish by skimming. I hope no one judges the dystopian genre by this book.

Predictable, forgettable, pointless. ( )
  Cynical_Ames | Sep 23, 2014 |

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  ku. | Sep 20, 2014 |

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  ku. | Sep 20, 2014 |

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  ku. | Sep 20, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 039925675X, Hardcover)

Unabridged, 7 CDs, 9 hours

Read by Steven Kaplan & Mariel Stern

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.

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In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

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