Review of “Legend” by Marie Lu

I’ve read a lot of young adult dystopias this year, but this one is by far one of the best. From the first opening line, it is totally awesome, grabbing your attention until the end (when you realize, to your dismay, that now you have to acquire book two).

The story takes place in the future, in Los Angeles, California in the “Republic of America,” one of two warring nations in the former United States. Narration alternates between Day (“the boy who walks in the light”), who is a wanted criminal, and June, who, although she is also only fifteen like Day, is a soldier of The Republic.

When June’s brother is killed, she becomes convinced that Day was the murderer, and she is determined to find and kill him in revenge. But what she discovers instead is that everything she thought was true is questionable, and the nightmare that is the Republic is all made clear in the light of Day.

Evaluation: For fans of this genre, this book is terrific. The plot is similar to other dystopias only in the barest outline; there are creative twists, and the characterization is very well done. I give this one a slight edge over Divergent, and can’t wait to read what comes next. The film rights have already been purchased.

Rating: 4.5/5

Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2011

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17 Responses to Review of “Legend” by Marie Lu

  1. sandynawrot says:

    Really!? I haven’t read Divergent either but I know I should. When I saw the cover, my “danger danger Will Robinson” buzzer was going off because it did not look like something I would read at all. Once again you reel me in.

  2. Meg says:

    Last year was definitely my personal Year of Dystopia, and I took a bit of a break in 2011. This sounds like a great book to get me back into the genre in 2012!

  3. I was just talking about Divergent with someone yesterday! I just sent her the link to this post…sounds dangerously interesting.

  4. zibilee says:

    Oh, I am so glad to see that you liked this one! I have it, and was recently disappointed when I read some negative reviews of it. I had thought it sounded wonderful, and now I am excited to read it again! This one may wiggle it’s way to the top of the pile now! Thanks!

  5. Alyce says:

    I really enjoyed this one too (but so need to catch up on my review writing).

  6. Ti says:

    Set in my neck of the woods?? Gotta read it.

  7. well, it is YA, which, of course, might be why the character are15, but I question my ability to relate to teenagers anymore. still, it sounds good..

  8. I’m not big into this genre but Marc loves this stuff. I will be sure to share the title with him 😀

  9. I can’t wait to read this, but my library doesn’t have it (yet?!)!

  10. Marg says:

    I just went to an author event on the weekend where Marie Lu spoke to us via video and I walked out having to get hold of this book asap! Glad to see such a glowing review of the book.

  11. Oh exciting that you liked it so much now I want to read it immediately!

  12. Jenners says:

    I keep seeing this one popping up. ACK. Another YA dystopia … but I trust you so….

  13. Whoa, now I have to read this book since you said it was even better than Divergent. Divergent was one of my favorite reads this year!

  14. Darlene says:

    Ooooh, I’ve been really curious about this one so I was happy to see you read it and loved it. I think my library hasn’t so I’ll put a hold on it.

  15. Rachel says:

    Oooh, I’m putting this one on my library hold list for sure. I love YA dystopia. Thanks for the review!

  16. Julie P. says:

    Sounds fantastic!

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