Review: Legend

Legend (Legend, #1)

Legend by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Release Date: November 29, 2011
Genre: Dystopian
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

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.

Legend is set in a dystopian Los Angeles where North America has turned into two countries at war: The Republic and The Colonies. June is a fifteen year old prodigy who is training to enter the military. After her older brother Metias is murdered June makes it her mission to find his killer.

“You should have taken me with you,” I whisper to him. Then I lean my head against his and begin to cry. In my mind, I make a silent promise to my brother’s killer.

I will hunt you down. I will scour the streets of Los Angeles for you. Search every street in the Republic if I have to. I will trick you and deceive you, lie, cheat and steal to find you, tempt you out of your hiding place, and chase you until you have nowhere else to run. I make you this promise: your life is mine.

I finally decided to read this book after I read The Young Elites (which I loved). Unfortunately, this book was just okay, it wasn’t nearly as dark or twisted as The Young Elites *sadface* but it is better than most YA dystopias (I’m looking at you
Insurgent 
and Shatter Me). Legend was fast paced and action filled which made it a quick and easy read.

I really liked June and Day. They were both likeable, tough, and capable. They were also resourceful, a little too resourceful sometimes. Like June, she would look at this small, seemingly insignificant detail and just know all the answers. I mean I know she’s a prodigy, but it just wasn’t very believable. And while I liked June and Day individually, I thought their relationship was a little rushed and underdeveloped. I don’t know if you can call it insta-love, but I don’t think their romance had enough time to turn into anything that strong.

My main problem with this book was the world building. It just wasn’t very developed or fleshed out. But I hope we learn more in the next one. But despite this I will read the sequel, because a lot of people will agree that Legend is the weakest in the series.

3 stars

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