Book Review: Legend

Marie Lu
YA Dystopia
Publisher: SPEAK (an imprint of Penguin)
Published: 2011

            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.



                This novel alternates between Day and June; each character receives their own chapters and all of Day’s chapters are written in gold ink. The detail that was put into the book art is fantastic, great fonts, embossing, foiling, texture; this is an absolutely beautifully put together book. The amount of detail is really quite something and this is easily one of the most graphically beautiful books that I’ve ever owned. I’ve spent a lot of time staring at this book even before I bought it; it does a fantastic job of grabbing your attention.
                Both Day and June are fantastic, well developed characters. They each hold their own and have strong voices that I did not find blended in together as one voice too often, the author managed to keep both of them distinctly different.  These two are going to make an un-stoppable team and I wouldn’t want to be one of their enemies!
                The world building was also very well done, it was pleasing, easy to follow and full of a rich culture that is easily believable. Despite technological advances each sector of the city has their own characteristics and the differences between all of them are vast, well thought out and detailed to an enjoyable amount.
                Everything about this book is strong, and it’s very easy to see why so many people are falling over themselves to read this series. Well written, strong characters, great storyline and development. June is a kick-butt character who can hold her own, she’s strong, smart, determined and a great fighter and in every way I believe almost the female version of Day, they’re just different sexes and grew up in different worlds but beneath the power of the same government.
                I enjoyed all the developments and little surprises along the way, all the events both large and small seemed to have taken place with a purpose and I really enjoyed that a whole lot.
                Definitely worth your read, easily one of the best dystopia’s written in the Young Adult genre.
                I am looking forward to Prodigy which looks like it will be another beautiful book.


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