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Legend (edition 2011)

by Marie Lu

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Title:Legend
Authors:Marie Lu
Info:Putnam Juvenile (2011), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 320 pages
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Legend by Marie Lu

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I wasn't as impressed as I wanted to be....

It was enjoyable.....but slow moving. To be honest I only really got into it past the hundred fifty page mark, and that's saying something. Still, it was entertaining enough for me to try and push trough.

If you would compare Marie Lu's work to some other dystopian novels out there, you will find that it isn't as dark as some of them are. There is a fine distinction between the rich and the poor and the emphases on the security that money can buy you, should you have it. That on it's own is just not enough to keep pace with the rest of them out there that provide content that is more gruesome, therefore more emotionally engaging.

It seemed on occasion that the author presented a lot of potential in her lead characters, but chose not to use everything in her arsenal. There was a lot of talk on scaling a building for example, but not much came out of that. The action scenes were underwhelming. For some reason I have expected far more from the prodigy and her arch nemesis...

Regardless to that, I am intrigued....and will go ahead with the second novel and see if it holds my interest. ( )
  IvieHill | Aug 6, 2015 |
EDIT: I forgot to explain why I disliked June so I added that to the end.

This is the first book that I don't know how to rate. Like sometimes it's hard but this one is impossible.
The story is amazing. AMAZING. 5 star for the story. Absolutely adore it. Like fantastic.
But I hate the characters. I like Day, love Day, he's adorable. But I hate everyone else, June especially. I have never violently hated characters as much as these ones. 1 star for the character.
I also don't think this is much of a dystopian. Maybe a sci-fi/AU but not a dystopian. It's more of the USA in a civil war with one half having a dictatorship.
But honestly I enjoyed the story enough to give the book 3 stars. I am not sure if I will continue in the series because 2 more books of June is painful to imagine but I mean I finished Legend at least right???

Why I don't like June: It started early on, like in the very first POV of her. I didn't like her "im better than everyone else" attitude. She reminded us at least like 15 times in the book that she got a perfect score on her trial. I just am not a fan of people who are constantly reminding you how great they are.
Then fast forward a bit. I realize she thought Day killed her brother, I realize that her entire purpose was to hunt down Day, but she turned him in and got his mother killed. I mean for me that's an unforgivable thing she did and I hold grudges. She could do anything and I would still dislike her because she got his mom killed.
So while I mean she got better, I'll give her that, it was a little too late for me. ( )
  thatgirlbookworm | Aug 5, 2015 |
About a year ago, I unfairly misjudged Legend, along with [b:The Maze Runner|6186357|The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)|James Dashner|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1375596592s/6186357.jpg|6366642], before even bringing myself to finish the first chapter. Maybe it was laziness or the assumption that it would be just another wannabe Dystopian trilogy, but thanks to my dear friend Laura, I picked up the book again and actually finished it this time. And guess what? I genuinely liked it.

The two protagonists, Day, a Most Wanted criminal, and June, the capitol's Golden Child, are two badass teenagers that find each other in an ironic way. June is hunting him down as revenge for killing her brother while Day is trying to stay hidden in order to aid and protect his family. They both narrated and although I didn't mind the alternating narration, I did mind the voice of both Day and June. Their voices were identical, as were their abilities. Day and June were replicas of each other, except they had different circumstances and situations (and gender duh). I found them to be one-dimensional and sometimes I even confused them as the same character.

They could kick ass and were unbelievably intelligent, which I loved about them, truly. However, some of the things they did were completely unbelievable (I'm sorry, Lu, but you're telling me Day broke into a high-security bank in, as you claim, only a few seconds? I'm not buying it). If you're writing a dystopian, I understand the lead must have special abilities different from everyone else in order for the story to move along, but let's not go overboard with the abilities. Last thing we need is superpowers.

Unlike many other dystopian series, Legend's world building is impeccable. Granted, it was cliche and predictable, but impeccable all the same. Questions remained, I admit, yet there are two other books to the series, which I'm convinced will answer the leftover questions. The action, pace, and plot absorbed me while reading and I can't wait to finish the series. I really, really can't. ( )
  mararina | Jul 23, 2015 |
Legend is a middling, “brain candy” sort of YA dystopia. It’s far from the worst of the genre I’ve read, but it doesn’t really do anything different either.

The basic set up of Legend should be familiar: Something Happened. Now there’s a new government (the Republic). It’s almost certainly evil. Our young teenage protagonists (June and Day) will rise up and over throw it. Got the picture?

Legend alternates between June and Day. Day’s the Republic’s most wanted criminal, while June’s a prodigy being trained to enter the military. Then, June’s brother is found dead and Day is blamed. June’s sent out to capture him, and their paths collide.

First of all, I did enjoy Legend. It’s entertaining. However, it doesn’t really go beyond that. It doesn’t make me think or raise any questions. If I had to put together topics of discussion for it for a book club, I’d be hard pressed to come up with talking points. Basically, this is what I’d term “fluff.”

On the scale of YA dystopia’s, I’d say it’s about at the middle of the pack. It’s nowhere near as terrible as The Selection and the premise isn’t as stupid as in Divergent, but it doesn’t really reach the levels of The Hunger Games. There’s also no new ideas that would make it stand out from the pack. However, it’s fast paced, fairly short, and full of action. It could be worse.

Legend is the sort of book where you don’t see the flaws until you’ve finished. Characterization is probably it’s biggest failing. The secondary characters felt like cardboard cut outs, and the leads weren’t too much better. June had the most potential, as she actually underwent character growth. However, I felt like this growth happened really quickly and took place largely off stage. Day, on the other hand, felt entirely too perfect.

June and Day being fifteen strained credibility. He’s only fifteen and the most wanted criminal in the entire Republic? A status he seems to have gained largely through breaking and entering? June is only fifteen and is given a high ranking position in the military and sent on a mission? Oh, they’re both drop dead gorgeous too, the book’s reminds us of that frequently.

Maybe I shouldn’t be too harsh on Legend. If you’re looking for fluff, you could do worse. So I guess I would recommend this one for thus looking for a mindless but fun read. It’s the sort of thing I’d like to pick up when I’m in bed with a cold.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
  pwaites | Jul 22, 2015 |
Really interesting, enjoyed from start to finish. Good characters, looking forward to finishing the series. Plus, feels good in the hand.
  mateideyr | Jul 17, 2015 |
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Unabridged, 7 CDs, 9 hours

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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.

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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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