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Legend (edition 2011)

by Marie Lu

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Member:lisarenea
Title:Legend
Authors:Marie Lu
Info:Putnam Juvenile (2011), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 320 pages
Collections:2013 Readings, Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Young Adult, dystopia

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Legend by Marie Lu

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To start off with, this book was definitely packed with action and suspense. I also enjoyed the way it was written. There are two main characters and each chapter is in the point of view of one character at a time. So you got to react as the character was reacting to new information or circumstances that were happening to them. And what fantastic characters they are. They both have extraordinary skills that make the book so much more awesome. Overall I enjoyed this book and cannot wait to begin Prodigy. ( )
  JosP | Jan 26, 2015 |


Review to come. ( )
  Aly_Locatelli | Jan 26, 2015 |
You know those moments when you feel like you read a different book than all your friends?

Yeah.

I don't know; it was just boring. June and Day (are those their names? I'm never going to remember) sounded EXACTLY THE SAME. I'M NOT EVEN KIDDING. And the plot was too predictable ( )
  IsaboeOfLumatere | Jan 14, 2015 |
been a while since I read this one - 75% I think ( )
  jason9292 | Jan 14, 2015 |
SUMARY- Legend is told from the perspective of two leading characters: Day, a renegade from the streets, and June, an elite student at Drake University and the Republic's shining prodigy. Day is a criminal on the run for stealing from the Republic and making the government look foolish. In the beginning, he's watching his family from afar (they think he's dead) and he sees that his house has been marked with a strange cross. This signifies that they have the plague. Because of this, Day decides that he has to go steal plague medicine from the hospital for his family.

At the same time, June is attending Drake University and has completed three years even though she's only 15. Her parents are dead, so her brother, Captain Metias Iparis, raises her. He tells her that he's going to go on a mission that night to oversee the lab shipments at the hospital. While he's there, Day breaks in and doesn't find any plague medicine.

He runs into Captain Iparis and stabs him in the shoulder before escaping, leaving Iparis wounded. Meanwhile Thomas, the other soldier in Metias's regiment, appears at June's door to tell her that Metias has been killed. She goes to the hospital in a haze of grief, where Commander Jameson lets her see the body and tells her that June's going to graduate from college early and will become a part of the military immediately. Her first task will be to hunt down Day, which she readily accepts.

Day wakes up in a strange man's house. His friend Tess brought him there so that he could recover from his injuries, but they have to leave right away when they hear that someone is asking around and looking for him. The person apparently says that he has plague medicine and will give it to Day if he meets with him.

Day knows it's a trick, but he still has to ask around—just in case he can get information on how to find the cure. He asks a cute bartender named Kaede and gets details about where the mysterious person is saying the meeting spot will be.

He goes to the meeting spot and talks to June briefly, though they both hide themselves. From the brief conversation June gleans that Day is probably from the Lake sector and goes there in disguise as a street beggar. She runs into Tess and Day during a fight when she saves Tess, though Kaede stabs June. Day and Tess take June in but she doesn't tell them her name. She and Day start to get closer and closer—even getting a little romantic—though she doesn't know his name either.One night they kiss, and after Day falls asleep she sees him grab at his neck even though there's nothing there. That's when she realizes that the boy she's just kissed is the one she's been hunting down this whole time. The next morning she follows him as he goes to visit his family—which confirms that someone in his family does need plague medicine.

She calls Thomas and they set up a raid at his family's house to capture him. When June tells Day that the soldiers are coming to get his family, he falls right into her trap and rushes to save them. He's too late though, and they surround the house. When he doesn't come out right away, Thomas shoots his mom in the head and Day rushes out screaming. He also realizes that June was the one who set him up. What a bad, um, day.

When Day comes to again, he finds that he's in custody. His brothers John and Eden are also in custody. Commander Jameson, Thomas, and June start to interrogate and even torture Day before his sentencing date—at which point he's scheduled to die by firing squad. All the while, June is starting to have doubts about whether or not it was right to take Day into custody. She feels bad about his mom, and she also believes him a little when he claims that he didn't kill Metias.

The truth eventually comes out when June reads Metias's journals. It turns out he left a secret message for her that leads her to his blog; in it he chronicles how he found out that the government engineers the plagues and that their parents were killed by the government. She realizes that Thomas was the one who killed Metias after all. It wasn't Day.

With this realization, June decides that she can't support the Republic anymore. She has to help Day escape. To do so she enlists the help of Kaede and Tess who are both wary of her but decide to join in. During the entire time that Day has been locked up, the crowds have started rioting and the Republic is nervous. June and Day are also getting closer, and Thomas is getting a little suspicious. Because of this, Day's execution date is moved up and June has to carry out her escape plan before they're fully ready.

When they bust out at the last minute, they almost get caught—but John rushes in to swap out with Day because he looks almost exactly like Day. June and Day escape, but John is executed in place of Day, and the Republic reports it that way. In the end, Day and June decide that they're going to go to the waterfront together and get Eden. After that, they'll travel into the Colonies and join the effort to fight against the Republic.

OPINION- This was a pretty good book. It was very entertaining and captivating, seeing I finished it in one day. It was incredibly fast paced and action packed, but at the same time, it was very easy to follow what was happening. Legend wasn't exactly what I had expected it to be, a thrilling dystopia about a girl who scoured the country for this one boy who is the prime suspect in her brother's murder. I had expected the two main characters to battle it out constantly and eventually find a burning passion for each other in an unexpected turn of events. I had expected one of the characters, June perhaps, to have a terrible hate for herself when she discovered her true feelings for Day. In Legend, I found some of what I had hoped, but mostly I found a generic average post-dystopian plot. I was a little disappointed, and thought the story line could have been a little more climatic and engaging, but I was still satisfied.
  tylerc.b3 | Jan 13, 2015 |
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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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