Friday, February 28, 2014

Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1) 

Legend (Book 1) by Marie Lu
Published: 2011
Length: 320 pages

Description: 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.

My Review: 4.5 Stars
I really enjoyed the way our current society seemed like a made-up story and a fable from the past. Sometimes I look at the world around me and think there is so much that is bad and evil, yet this society was even more so. It was run differently, yet there were a few things that didn't change much from today (some locations even had the same names).

I loved June and Day! They were so creative and brave, talented and resourceful. I always wonder if I was in the same situation, would I run and hide or take action to change things? I think I would be scared to death to go against the flow. Day kind of reminded me of a futuristic Robin Hood.

At the back of the book, the author told how she had watched Les Mis and wondered what a relationship between a criminal and a detective would be like and that's how this story was born. Her take on it was quite original and I enjoyed watching the story unfold and the seemingly unbelievable become a reality. I loved how smart these two were.  My only complaint: they did NOT seem like they were 15--they seemed older.

One of the things I enjoyed the most were the emotions I felt while reading it. There were times when I was tense and on edge, wondering how things would end up and there were other times when my heart was broken by pain, grief, and suffering, interspersed with moments of happiness.

I'm so glad I have the next two books on hand so that I can keep going and find out what happens next!

Content: violence (people die, get stabbed, are beaten, etc), but not overly graphic; some language; clean romance (kissing).

About the Author:
Marie Lu
I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. :)

I graduated from the University of Southern California in '06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.

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