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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (November 29, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 039925675X
ISBN-13: 978-0399256752
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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.

June was a great character. She was strong kick-butt, but still very feminine. She knew what it took to be the best and she did that just perfectly. The reason I liked June's character so much was, just that she was simple, yet very smart. She is the only one, in the entire Republic, that scored a 1500 (perfect score) on her Trial. She started University at the age of twelve. She learned things like; how to scale a tall building with super speed and agility, how to handle a XM-621 and other powerful guns, also how to beat the crap out of guys three times her size. Yes, June was amazing and very wealthy. I guess you could say she had it all... perfect life, apartment (where she lived with her brother Metias) the clothes, the money, the respect, and the looks. I mean she was the prodigy of the Republic!

What surprised me about June is, that she was so normal. After having such a high standard of life/living, she was nice, kind and loving. June like to have fun, and do mischievous things that would get her sent home from school. At fifteen, June was still young and it showed sometimes. Though, in this book, she had to grow up quick, because her life turns tragic.

Day was a very interesting character, and yes, I loved him from the start! He was from a completely different world than June. Day was very poor,  tall and good-looking, with blue eyes for days. The poor families usually didn't do well at the Trials. The Republic made sure of that. Day stayed optimistic though, he had done many things illegal, as far as the Republic was concerned, after he failed his trail. Day's only concern was his family. Were they infected with the plague? And if they were, what would happen to them? Day would give his life to make sure his family was safe. Day had a close friend he made long ago, her name was Tess. She was sweet, a few years younger, but willing to help in any way she could. Tess was very loyal and would do anything for Day.... Day protected Tess, kept her fed and secure.

That was the kind of man Day was... protective, honorable and protective. So the day he ran into June, was the day he'll never forget. Day fell for June hard... the only thing is,  June is undercover, trying to figure out who killed her brother Metias.  Day and June were from the opposite ends of the world, but also the same... they were both very good at what they did! Day seemed a likely suspect but, June also falls head over heels in love with him...

One thing is certain, Day is from the opposite end of the world than June. However, Day feels a connection to June like no-one he has ever encountered. 

The Republic is a whole character in itself. The Republic had so many rules and regulations. They make their citizens pass what is called a trial, and the score can very... whether you are rich or poor ( they will deny this fact). The commander in the Republic was very sinister, and had a strong agenda, she would stop at nothing to get her own way, even if it meant killing innocent people. There were a lot of shenanigans and lies going on in the Republic, and it is well known, as you read this book! The Republic was evil and full of deceit and had to keep their "citizens" perfect! It didn't matter with the Republic, they will kill, steal and destroy to get their way. Let me just say I was a little stressed out there at the end, it was quite a dramatic ending.

This book could be a stand alone (which I like) however, it could also have a sequel (which I will look forward too!) Anyway, I thought the storyline, romance and action scenes were a great mix. As far as the whole book was concerned, I loved it! As far as Dystopian goes, this will be one of my favorites!

Sexual: none
Profanity: mild
Violence: heavy

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  1. Great review! I just finished this yesterday and i loved it as well. I really liked both characters it was really well done.

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  2. Great review! I hope I get a chance to read this one too!

  3. I don't know why but your review reminds me of Divergent.


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