Legend by Marie Lu Review

I stayed up until 1:30 in the morning finishing Legend by Marie Lu, which is way past my bedtime, but it was totally worth it.

Legend by Marie Lu, 2011

Los Angeles, California was once the west coast of The
United States of America. In the year 2130 it is part of The Republic, a nation continually embroiled in war against its neighbors, The Colonies. Los Angeles is the home of June, a wealthy fifteen-year-old prodigy. The only person to earn a perfect score on her Trial, she attends the Republic’s most elite college where she is being groomed for a high-ranking military career. Los Angeles is also home to Day, a fifteen-year-old criminal. Day is the only person to escape his fate after failing his Trial. Since his escape, his covert attacks against the government have made him the Republic’s most wanted criminal. Day’s attempt to procure plague medicine for his family ends with the death of June’s brother, putting the two teens on a collision course. June goes undercover in an attempt to find Day and avenge her brother’s death. Instead, she discovers a deadly secret and learns the truth about the lengths that her government goes to in order to keep it buried.

This stunning dystopian debut is the perfect antidote for Hunger Games withdrawal. Told from alternating points of view, the story unfolds at a breakneck pace, culminating in a shocking reveal that will leave readers eager for more. Getting the story from both points of view resulted in me cheering on both of them, which was odd because one was out to kill the other. Trust me though, it totally works because they are both strong, appealing characters. Day is perfect-a handsome futuristic Robin Hood fighting “the Man”. What’s not to love? But in the end, it is June who won me over. June is a confident, smart, tough girl who doesn’t just take the word of a handsome boy that things are amiss. She demands proof and I totally respect that about her. She has no reason to distrust her leaders and every reason to hate Day and I found her reactions and emotions genuine and believable.

I will confess that based on what I knew going into it, I was worried that the romance was going to ruin things for me. How could it possibly happen, I wondered? It turns out that I fretted for nothing and things worked out. Thank goodness for twists, turns, secrets, and surprises! I won’t say any more, you will have to find out for yourself what happens.

Legend is a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase that turns out to be so much more. It is definitely a must read for thrill-seeking dystopian fans.

Give this fans of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Want more? Try Divergent by Veronica Roth, Matched by Ally Condie and Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Happy Reading!


P.S.  Hello, WordPress? FYI,  Save draft means keep all the words, not erase all the words. *shakes fist* and *goes home*

4 responses to “Legend by Marie Lu Review

  1. i’m really looking forward to reading Legend so it’s good to see that it’s getting such rave reviews.

  2. Holy snap! This book sounds FANTASTIC! Thanks for the awesome review. I’m not a big fan of alternative pov’s in books, but since you say it works, I’ll definitely pick this one up soon. 🙂 Great review!!

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