Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Legend by Marie Lu

Genre: YA Dystopian
Series: Legend #1
Publication Date: 29th Nov 2011
Pages: 320
Book Source: Own purchase

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 Thoughts:
I'm a bit of a dystopian nut so while I'm knocking some sense into myself for waiting so long to read Legend I'm also happy to tell you it ticked all the boxes. 

  • intense, dark and addictive
  • action, action, action
  • intriguing world mired in poverty and destruction - North America divided into warring nations, the Republic and the Colonies
  • government badassery
  • seriously kick-ass characters and I mean seriously
  • enough violence to satisfy my bloodthirsty tendencies add authenticity ;)

The dual narrative alternates between rebel and fugitive Day and Republican protegy Jane; both smart as whips and tough as they come. I loved Day from the get go, a gutsy Robin Hood for the poverty stricken masses. June grew on me but kudos to the author for getting me rooting for both these characters, opposing sides be damned. 

I did see the ending coming and it may have pushed the envelope of plausibility and I may have even rolled my eyes just a teensy bit but it didn't bring me down from my Legend 'high' so ... who cares lol

Prodigy is up next and I can't wait, although the longer I leave it the closer I'll be to the November 5th 2013 release of the final book in the trilogy, Champion *fist pump*

Check out the playlist for Legend/Prodigy ... awesome music. 

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  1. I am glad it ticked all of those boxed :D Gotta have that in good dystopian books

  2. I'm not a big YA fan, although I do like dystopian. This one might work, it seems to be up there with Hunger Games and Divergent series.

    1. Divergent and Insurgent still take poll position in my opinion Jules lol but this was close :)

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    1. Yep put it on your list Julie, it's quite a ride!

  4. I really enjoyed reading this too-especially the alternating perspectives. Prodigy has some really good moments too although also some stuff that made me angry. Excited to find out what you think!

    1. Ooh now you've got me intrigued lol

  5. Tickled my boxes too! I enjoyed Prodigy, hope you do too.

    1. going on your comments Nise, I'm sure I will :)

  6. Yep, I must read this one!! Another book to add to my list! Sounds pretty stinkin' good to me, especially because I love bad-ass characters but also books that make you violent!!! LOL!!


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