Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Publisher: G. P. Putnam
Pages: 305
Received: Through Penguin Razorbill program

Release Date: November 29, 2011
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Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

I absolutely loved this book! Such a great start to a new series. I found there was a great amount of action and unlike some first books where it is all just an introduction to the characters a lot more happens in this book (but there is a great introduction to the background of the characters throughout).

From the first chapter I found myself hooked, the book starts out with a good amount of intensity. I really enjoyed that the book was told from both characters points of view, it really helps the reader understand how both characters feel about everything happening. It was interesting how we would see one thing from one character and the next scene would be the other character thinking about what just happened in the last scene.

The characters in this story are different than usual, the strong female character is actually born into the better side of things, she is privileged whereas in most other stories the women start off in a bad situation. I'm excited to see where Marie Lu takes this, hoping that there are some questions she answers, like how this new world came about from what we know as a world. This is definitely one of the better books I have read this past year, and a great start for a debut author.

Rating: 5 out of 5 comfy couches!

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  1. I've heard lots of good things about this book. I haven't had a chance to read it yet though. I enjoyed reading your review. Maybe I need to bump this book up on the tbr!

  2. Everyone keeps saying great things about this book! :) I can't wait until I can get it for myself. Great review!

  3. I loved Legend too! It was such an original dystopian and I loved that it focused on the characters so much more than the "action," which was the one complaint I had about other dystopians such as Divergent - that I felt like I barely had time to connect with the characters. Yay Legend!



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