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Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (edition 2012)

by Marie Lu

Series: Legend (1)

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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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This novel has quite a typical dystopian plot, it follows the well trodden path of boy meets girl, they fall in love, something is obstructing their love, they overcome said obstruction and discover secrets about their government.
Saying this, the novel had a fast paced plot, which made it easy to read. It was full of excitement and action scenes. I also quite enjoyed the government and political setting of this novel, as I thought it was interesting, and I thought the part with the plague was very interesting, if underexplored.
This novel also has the typical swapping point of view, which is so common in YA novels now. This does allow you to see from both characters sides, but I find it quite tiring, and I like to know one character better than another, it makes for a better story, in my opinion.
The novel was written in the present tense, which added to the action filled nature of the novel, and also to the pacing of the story.
I liked the main characters, June and Day. June was a real action here, trained to be a fighter, and she was pretty kick ass. She was also independent, she didn't rely on anyone else to save her. Day was also a real action hero, but he also seemed very loyal and protective of his family. The minor characters were some of the best I have read about in a while, Metias and Tess were my favourites, they really added to the story, and added to the main characters too.
I only had a couple of problems with this novel. I felt that the "love" that June and Day had for each other was a bit quick in developing, it seemed like "insta-love" to me. I disliked that the author had written both June and Day as "perfect" characters, with perfect IQs and perfect fitness/athleticism. I found this a tad annoying, as nobody is perfect. The plot was a tad predictable, probably because it is of a popular genre in YA at the moment.
Overall I would reccommend this novel, although it is quite similar to most dystopian novels out at the moment, it was an enjoyable read none the less. ( )
  ACascadeofBooks | Oct 5, 2016 |
Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu is a dystopian novel set in the future. There’s a Legend in the outskirts and that would be Daniel Altan Wing and there’s a Prodigy who belong in the higher class, the best among the best, June Aparis. People in this world took exam and evaluate what would be their position in their country and the higher your grades would be, the higher the possibility to rank up in the society. The painful and action packed trilogy gave us the roller coaster of emotions. Marie Lu knows how to write a character where readers would love and will cry over. Marie Lu knows how to break our hearts. Read the trilogy and you’ll know what I am talking about!

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.” ( )
  Rafael_Ray | Aug 27, 2016 |
A friend loaned me this book to read. It's set in the Southern California area in a time when the US has been divided into regions. June Iparis is training to be a soldier and is a member of a high ranking family. Day was once a member of a low rank family who has turned to a cross between a street urchin and a gang member to survive and to help his family. Day's devotion to his family causes him to go in search of a plague cure. He supposedly kills June's brother at this time. June helps her superiors locate and capture Day. But the events of that capture cause her to really start questioning her allegiance to the government she is supposed to serve. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Jul 24, 2016 |
Loved it more than I thought I would. Bit disappointed it didn't last longer. I found it very easy to relate to the characters. ( )
  RoseyEm | Jul 14, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the complete trilogy. This was great as an audiobook as the chapters went between Jane and Day so you could see things through their eyes. I have lots of questions that I hope are answered in the next couple books. Well worth the time. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 10, 2016 |
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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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