You Read What? Book Reviews: Legend

Author: Marie Lu

Publisher: Penguin

  • Imprint: G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Date Published: November 29th, 2011

Format: Hard Cover


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.

Number of Days It Took to Read: 3

Cover: Smart choice. Believe it or not, a gold cover will have people wanting to pick it up because of what gold signifies which is wealth/success (a subconscious thing). Pair that with the simplicity of the cover itself and the metallic background, you’ll have yourself a eye popping cover.

The Writing Score: 4 out of 5

Recommendation: A Must Read.

Memorable or Forgettable: Memorable

Rating: 4 prodigies out of 5


Overall, I really liked this book. Everyone is writing dystopic stories these days but this one felt like something that I can actually see on the big screen. I was engaged throughout thanks to the gripping plot and the writing was pretty good. Marie Lu must of done her research because the logistics in terms of the fighting and the planning that took place in this book seemed plausible.

I was a bit hesitant about the characters or more like character. I love that June is a bad ass and self sufficient character but why is it that a lot of the females in young adult dystopic novels are depicted as innocent, naive or pure individuals at the beginning? Cassie (Matched), Lena (Delirium), Alenna (The Forsaken) and etc (I can’t remember all of the dystopic novels right now). I find that the female characters are shown to be inexperienced in life and that their male counterparts are much more “worldly” than they are (and are all too happy to help educate them). That’s June to me. In the context of this story, it makes sense but constantly reading about these characters being “enlightened” by their love interests annoys me.

But with that and the typical “love story” angle aside, it was a really good book.

A. A. Omer

The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.

2 thoughts on “You Read What? Book Reviews: Legend

  1. I was a little wary about this book as well, because of the flood of dystopian novels lately, but I really thought it stood out. Like you said – I could totally see this on the big screen. I definitely hear what you’re saying about June, although I did find it interesting that Marie Lu put her in the soldier role, when that is something usually reserved for male characters. Yay for breaking with norm

    1. I agree with what you said about Lu putting June in the soldier role. Points for that. I just wish for once we had a heroine trying to convince the guy on how the world REALLY works. lol

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