Legend - Marie Lu

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.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

Review: Legend is a story about two people - Day, a 15 year old boy who is on the run from The Republic, branded a criminal for trying to steal medications to save his family from the virus. And it’s the story of June, a 15 year old girl who is a soldier for The Republic. Day is accused of killing Metias, June’s older brother. June is out to exact revenge.

As unlikely as the two are to ever see eye to eye, something happens to change everything and June and Day are soon fighting The Republic together.

This is really such a kick-ass story. Day is like an action hero with what he can do, but so is June also. She’s forever aware of her surroundings, is super intellegent and is a strong female lead, which I love in YA novels.

The story itself is written from both Day and June’s perpectives, the chapters alternate between perspectives. I really enjoyed the visual apsect of this in the hardcover version, where Day’s perspective is written in gold print, and June’s is in a navy blue (almost black) print. It made it all the easier to stay focused on who was “talking” throughout the book and the fonts spoke of their character to an extent.

The plot was solid and action packed. There was never a dull moment, and it was a fairly short book, and definitely easy to read in addition. Legend is the first book in a trilogy, and so I love that this book really set up the story and the characters but also left us in a great place for the next book to start from. Marie Lu has done a great job at building the story up so by the end of it we all well and truly are starting to dispise The Republic. And there’s been some hints dropped about where future books might take us, to the Colonies also which will be exciting!

Really fantastic read! I love action packed books like this, and this one just read like a movie in my mind. I thoroughly enjoyed Legend.

Rating: 4 out of 5

What do you think?

  • Giselle says:

    Great review Melissa It was a lot of fun wasn’t it? I loved both characters and it was fun to get dual POVs.

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