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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 remember when Legend came out and people were raving about how awesome it was. The hype was so much that when Marie Lu went to the LA Festival of Books to sell signed copies, I stopped by her booth just so I could read it and see what the raving was all about. Of course, I’m terrible at reading books right away since my to-read list is ridiculously long, so now, years later, I am finally getting to see what the hype is all about.

Legend is yet another YA dystopia, this time in a world with a militaristic/war focus rather than an we-are-a-perfect-society focus. People who are born into wealthy families are groomed for the military so they can help in the Republic’s fight against the Colonies. June is a military prodigy — she’s smart, athletic, and can think outside the box, and is being groomed for a distinguished military career. She goes on the hunt for Day — who is also smart, athletic, and can think outside the box — the Republic’s most wanted criminal who grew up in a poor district in the Republic.

When Day allegedly commits a crime that hits home for June, she goes on the hunt for him to bring him to justice. What ends up happening is that they both learn a little bit more about what’s really going on behind the closed doors of the Republic.

This book is just straight enjoyable. I love that Lu kept it simple in terms of creating her world: no factions or groups for people to be sorted into, just poor and rich; military and civilian. Because of this, I think this book gives quite an amazing commentary on society in general in terms of how poverty is viewed and taken advantage of, and how people suffer under such strict hierarchical structures.

The conflicts within this world are revealed slowly — no information dumps!!! I enjoyed that I slowly got introduced to the complexities of the government and of what went on behind closed doors. I feel like this is the main reason why I enjoyed Legend. There’s an inherent conflict and pull in trying to figure out what exactly is going on with this dystopia — when the plot needed to stop for character development, I was pulled forward by what I wanted to know about this new world.

However, this book is fairly predictable — I don’t think there was one twist that I didn’t see coming. Also, I have a pet peeve about people being in a life-or-death situation, yet romance seems to be a priority. I get the whole young adult romance angle, but it bothers me, especially from characters who are supposed to be super intelligent, even if they are young.

With that said, I still thoroughly enjoyed the narrative of the book. It’s perfect amounts of tragic and heartwarming and I am very much looking forward to reading the sequels to see what exactly is going on with all the war stuff. I’d recommend this book for any dystopia lover. It’s not the best book I’ve ever read, but it’s certainly better than many other dystopias out there.

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  sedelia | Nov 15, 2016 |
Not a horrible book, but i expected so much more!!!! The 2 main characters sound the same to me. And the storyline was predictable in some parts. I might finish the series just to see how it ends, but its not super high on my priority list. ( )
  pickleroad | Nov 10, 2016 |
I had a hard time liking this one. I didn't care for the pacing; had a hard time likinh the characters, thiugh I liked the beginning well enough. ( )
  anastaciaknits | Oct 29, 2016 |
I have been putting this book aside, due to so many others that I wanted to read. but now that I feel I am well read, I see the typical YA pattern of writing. I will give it this: for a Dystopian tale, it was pretty imaginable and vivid in details. ( )
  MrNattania | Oct 29, 2016 |
This Book is about two People named June and Day. June is a Graduate from Drake College and Day had failed the test you Take when you are 13 years old, it tells you if you are Smart enough to live, If you fail you die. So day is a Thug in The Republic of America {Location} and is trying to survive. June is trying to find Day because Day killed Captain and Junes Brother Metias. After Metias's death, this is in the middle of the book, June has to take Metias's place. She gets bossed a lot though by General Jeremy. More at the end of the Book, June gets revenge on the Person who killed Metias and killed Day. The Only reason June found day is Because She is very talented in finding out crime scenes.
  ChrisT.G1 | Oct 24, 2016 |
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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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