Google+ Reading Teen: Book-to-Movie News! Legend by Marie Lu

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Book-to-Movie News! Legend by Marie Lu

       Image from Marie Lu's Web site

I just found out about this very interesting sounding book that is going to be released in November by Putnum Children's called LEGEND, by Marie Lu.  Here's the synopsis, from her blog:

The United States is gone, along with its flooded coasts. North America's two warring nations, the western Republic and the eastern Colonies, have reached a breaking point. In the midst of this broken continent and dark new world are two teenagers who will go down in history ....

Born into the slums of the Republic's Lake sector, fifteen-year old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. A mysterious boy with no recorded image or fingerprints. A boy who should no longer exist. A boy who watches over his family until one evening, when the plague patrols mark his family's door with an X--the sign of plague infection. A death sentence for any family too poor to afford the antidote. Desperate, Day has no choice; he must steal it.

Born to an elite family in the wealthy Ruby sector, fifteen-year old June is the Republic's most promising prodigy. A superintelligent girl destined for great things in the country's highest military circles. Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country--until the day her brother Metias is murdered while on patrol during a break-in at the plague hospital.

Only one person could be responsible.


And now it's June's mission to hunt him down.

The truth they'll uncover will become legend.
Ok, it's no secret that my new obsession is Dystopia, and this book sounds amazing to me!  And, not only is it going to be released as a book, but CBS Films has picked up the movie rights!  Here's what Marie had to say:
CBS Films has bought the movie rights to my book Legend, with Temple Hill's Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen (Twilight Saga, Nativity Story, Dear John) to produce! My amazing book and film agents, Kristin Nelson (NLA) and Kassie Evashevski (UTA) brokered the deal. I love them with the intensity of a thousand suns!!
Marie posted pictures of who she pictures as her characters on her blog.

LEGEND is the first book in a three-book series and will be released in November (2011).  Marie made a book trailer that you can view here.  You can add this book to your TBR pile on Goodreads here.  And you can follow Marie Lu on Twitter here.

I'm definitely keeping my eye on this one!  Congratulations Marie on this fantastic news!



  1. Ooh! I'm adding this to my "to read" list.

    Do you have any other dystopian book recommendations?

    I made two lists on my blog:

    But more is always welcome!

  2. Looks like you have a good list. I would consider The Forest of Hands and teeth Dystopian (of course it's a post zombie-apocalyptic one)

  3. This sounds soooo interesting! Definitely adding to my TBR list. But im wondering, how does a novel get offers to buy movie rights before its even released? Is it sheer luck or having a determined editor (with super-powers?)
    Well anyways, congrats to Marie! This is crazzy news!

  4. Jay, I wondered that myself. I know the I AM NUMBER FOUR people sold movie rights before they even got a publisher, but that's not the case here.

    Hopefully this means that the book is really good! :D

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