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There is an alternate cover edition for this ISBN13 here.A "New York Times" bestseller! 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 militaryThere is an alternate cover edition for this ISBN13 here.A "New York Times" bestseller! 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....

Title : Legend
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ISBN : 9781101545959
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Number of Pages : 234 Pages
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Legend Reviews

  • Marie Lu
    2019-03-12 13:16

    Well, it's, er...yeah, a little biased. :) Shameless. I know, I know!

  • Kiki
    2019-03-19 10:01

    A little while ago I was cleaning all the dust and papers and shit out from under my bed, and I found a plastic box full of last year's Christmas presents and decs. You all know how it is. You start off tidying up but then you find something you forgot you had like a Katie Morag book or a recorder and you spend like a half an hour just fucking around with it and by the time you get back down to business, you can't be bothered cleaning any more and it all gets kicked right back under the bed because fuck it - no one's going to look under there. Who cares if it's tidy or not?So I was cleaning up and I found this chocolate Santa still in his foil clothing. I sniffed it to see if it was foosty because let's face it, he'd been languishing in that box all year. But he smelled alright, so I held on to him and started to look through the other stuff.I kind of needed my hands then, so as I was standing over the box, I tucked him between my knees just to avoid placing him on the floor (because it's covered in dog hair). I pressed him too hard and crushed one of his arms. So to the ER/kitchen I rushed him, for repair. When I got there, I realized it was too late and decided just to eat him instead of faffing around with the tin foil.So I start to peel off the foil - and what the fuck did I find? I found out that underneath his nice, shiny PC clothing, he was in fact a chocolate Pope.A chocolate POPE.Pope's hat, robes, all the bells and whistles. I'm not fucking kidding you. He was a POPE. I screamed and stamped my feet on the floor. Consumerist brainwashing, I declared! Santa is a neutral entity accessible to all, like Switzerland or Dairy Queen! The Pope is not!I was going to eat him just to spite all that, but he didn't taste good. He tasted a year old.He tasted like deceit.You're probably wondering what the hell this has to do with Legend. Well, I'll tell you!This book is the EXACT OPPOSITE of a chocolate Pope.This book was like buying a foil Pope, and then opening it up to find a chocolate Santa. Who isn't a Santa at all, but just a casing in which three tickets to Rome are hidden along with a fat lump of gold and an Indigo gift card!I wasn't expecting much from this book. I won't lie. I've read my fair share of shitty YA dystopians. In fact, I've given up on my fair share of shitty YA dystopias. But this! This book made the little crying feminist inside me sob with joy while the little crying writer inside me burned with jealousy that someone else could write something so fabulous!I can't really be bothered to keep on typing, but I'll tell you this: you cannot go wrong here. This book has so many logic farts, but they don't even MATTER. The characters are absolutely incredible, the plot is a freaking rollercoaster ride of excitement and doom, and the writing!Oh, the writing!Marie Lu, you are fucking amazing. Maybe it's just personal preference, but the writing in Legend is just perfect. It's straight-talking, no fluffy crap but just enough emotion to make me care. And it's present tense! Hurrah, old chaps!Yeah, a shit ton of people really hate present tense, but I love it. Past tense is decent, nothing really wrong with it, but it's more poetic; doesn't have the same immediacy required for a fast-paced action-punch novel like this one. Which is to say: past and present tense each have their respective places. And this book got it right.Ugh! This book! It's just wonderful. Oh, so wonderful. And it made my post-New Year weekus horribilis a hell of a lot better. Ku-dos.Edit: I've read a lot of reviews for this book, and I'm struck by something. Am I the only person who noticed the Tiananmen Square reference in this book? I was waiting to see if anybody else would comment on it, but nobody has. Is it just that nobody noticed it, or does nobody know what I'm talking about?BONUS TIME!Back by popular demand!This BT really has nothing to do with anything, but it's too awesome not to share. You're welcome.

  • Giselle
    2019-02-24 10:13

    I'm such a sucker for dystopians. I love the energy, the rush I get from them. When I got my copy of Legend I was thrilled. Now I know I had a good reason to be. This is one of the good ones. A dystopian well worth reading!We've got two narrators: the notorious criminal, Day, and the noble citizen, though a little rebellious, June. Day has escaped death before, and he's only trying to survive while taking care of his family, especially his sick brother. June got a perfect score on her Trial and she's trying to get revenge for her brother's death. Their paths cross and the story takes hold in the most unprecedented way. I truly enjoyed both of these narrators equally - which rarely happens. They both have great characteristics that make each POV really interesting and addicting. I couldn't wait to find out how their situations would play out. It was brilliant. We go through the story on both sides, night and day, and we're persuaded to root for each of them the all the same. It was original and well thought out.The plot was typical dystopian; the world is completely changed and a new government has taken over, and they may or may not have everyone's best interest at heart *cough*. The reason for the present peril and what happened to the world wasn't explained as much as I would have liked. I hope the next installments discloses more details. We did get enough to still make sense of it and enjoy the story, though. It was fast paced, which is always welcome in this type of book. There were no slow or boring parts, and it also didn't go in the direction I imagined it would. Which is great because it took me off guard and kept me really glued to the story. This is another one not to miss, folks! For more of my reviews, check my blog at Xpresso Reads.

  • Arlene
    2019-02-25 14:52

    Are you kidding me!?!? What just happened?!? This book is ABSOLUTELY UNPUTDOWNABLE!! Yes, I realize that’s not a word, but I have to admit I’m a bit sleep deprived seeing as I stayed up all night reading this FRICKEN AMAZING book!! Okay let me just tell you now, this review is going to be an absolute, incoherent gush-fest. I haven’t felt this pumped about a YA dystopic novel since the The Hunger Games came to town. Mind you, I’ve read some pretty awesome stories since, such as Divergent, Blood Red Road, and Burn Bright. But when I’m taking this book with me to run errands so I can read in between red lights, I know something fantastical is going on, and there’s no way in HALE I’m stopping! GIVE.ME.MORE.NOW.P.L.E.A.S.E! Marie Lu has created a book where the voices are powerful, the narrative is commanding, and the plot is explosive… all the way to the absolute end. Legend has shot up to my top spot in highly addictive series. This book was nothing short of riveting making it worthy of applause, standing ovations and literary accolades. I’m giving it everything I’ve got! I anticipate this novel getting some well deserved buzz, and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out. E.X.C.I.T.E.M.E.N.T.!~okay breathe~With Lu’s debut novel, she’s created this moment in time, over 100 years into the future, where the United States has split between the Colonies and the Republic and natural disasters have drastically changed the landscape of California and its surrounding states. Plagues are diminishing the population; and two sides of what was once one country are fighting each other using biological warfare, lies and anything and everything in their arsenal for land and power. This story is told in alternating POVs between Day (Daniel Altan Wing) who is a criminal on the run from the Republic authorities, and June Iparis a recent graduate of the Republic academy who is placed on a mission to hunt down Day. When these two characters collide, secrets and conspiracies force them to take a closer look around them to find their true enemy and an all out manhunt explodes.Being from Southern California, it was interesting to experience the setting of the book from an insider’s perspective. I’m very much familiar with Los Angeles and our beloved Public Library. So, to read how the state has changed was pretty captivating. The characters in this book, including Day, June, Tess and Kaede are definitely qualified to pull this series through to the end and I’m curious how the relationships between these four will play out. Lastly, I’ll admit now, that the downfall to reading advanced reader copies well before the release date is that we have to wait even longer for the next installment, but with incredible books such as Legend… it’s worth the wait. Congrats to Marie Lu for exploding the YA writing scene with a story that’s finally, FINALLY going to give The Hunger Games fans what they’ve been craving. Something amazing!Huge thanks to Flannery from thereadventurer for letting me read her ARC. ~tackle hug~ Thank you!

  • Wendy Darling
    2019-03-03 13:15

    I like an action-packed adventure, don't you? Legend is a lot of fun to read, and follows two teens who are born into opposite sides of a war in a futuristic Los Angeles in the Republic of America. 15-year-old June is an exceptionally gifted prodigy who is being groomed to become a military star. But when her brother is senselessly murdered, she embarks upon a mission to find his killer--and discovers that all signs point towards Day, a notorious criminal who is already wanted by the Republic.This is a cocktail of utopian YA, Romeo and Juliet, and various wronged imprisonment stories all blended together with liberal dashes of adventure and intrigue. I liked both June and Day, and I was eager to learn more about the big mystery behind why the government is so interested in Day's brother. The best thing about Legend, however, is the terrific action sequences that the author writes into the story: there are great chases, exciting escape scenes, girl on girl sparring, and lots more. As with so many of these books that are stretched out to accommodate sequels, there really aren't enough answers unearthed in this first installment, so presumably we'll have to wait until book two to find out the details of government's involvement in biological experimentation. What prevents this from being a truly excellent book, however, is that the book overall feels very slight. At 300 pages, it is surprisingly short and there isn't a great deal of complexity in the characters, the world-building, or the plot. It's also extremely predictable. While the story is certainly well-written, most readers will be able to anticipate pretty much every plot development and thought that crosses the characters' minds...and really, what's the fun in that?Still, I liked this book and I think it's among the better dystopian YA books that have been released lately. It's definitely an entertaining read and I'm interested in seeing where the story goes next. I do wish, however, that it contained more depth and more originality and more...everything, really, in order to make it a truly outstanding and truly memorable book.This review also appears in The Midnight Garden.

  • Etnik
    2019-03-08 14:12

    ____________________________________________“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time. -Day” ____________________________________________☆☆☆☆☆5 LEGENDARY STARS!☆☆☆☆☆You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!Okay so before I start this review I want to say that I missed reading dystopians.The last one I read in June I think and this one reminded me how cool are they,and how much I enjoy this genre.Such a fresh book for these rainy cloudy days.Awesome!____________________________________________“I don't know if anyone's ever told you this", he begins. He doesn't blush, and his eyes don't dart away. Instead I find myself staring into a pair of oceans - one perfect, the other blemished by that tiny ripple. "You're very attractive."I've been complimented on my appearance before. But never in his tone of voice. Of all the things he's said, I don't know why this catches me off guard. But it startles me so much that without thinking I blurt out, "I could say the same about you." I pause. "In case you didn't know."A slow grin spreads across his face. "Oh, trust me. I know.” ____________________________________________The book was badassy greatly thrilly epic.I enjoyed every bit of it.It was also confusing because when I think about the characters,they are only fifteen and they are like Einstein smart and Bruce Lee strong,and when I was their age I didn't even know how to boil an egg.Way to build my self-esteem.But come on that's why I am a reader.To read about things that seem so unbelievable to achieve,but in the end proving that everything is possible.That's why I love reading.____________________________________________“You're brilliant,"he says."But you're a fool to stay with someone like me."I close my eyes at the touch of his hand."Then we are both fools.” ____________________________________________So where to start?...I read this one in 2 days.It's a full action pack filled with thrilling breathtaking scenes,smart decisions,emotions and caring messages.I also enjoyed the romance here.It was different.____________________________________________“Forever and ever, kid, until you're sick and tired of seeing me.” ____________________________________________So what I really liked about this book is that the words match characters' age.You don't get to read here about young people quoting like they are 60 years old academics with full degrees,but you have a proper smart fifteen year old conversation between them.Also the way they expressed their emotions and affections it was so awesome,because I was fifteen once and I did the same way(Of course I was not a first class assassin with 1500 points in his trial)____________________________________________“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That's much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.” ____________________________________________The beginning was interesting,like all dystopian books out there,because you get introduced with the world and it's problem and ways they rule things.I must say a lot of dystopians look the same in the beginning to me,because all of them include viruses,or mind controllers,government with people who look nice but they are evil,but I can't complain about that,I enjoyed this book so freaking much.____________________________________________“The memory fades, and I’m left hanging on to the ghosts of hiswords.” ____________________________________________The plot if well build.Also the world the author created is awesome and I want to see this book being a movie.It would make a brilliant one,because there are glass breaking,roof jumping,guns and tranquilizer.I mean who doesn't like tranquilizers ,they are like the hipster version of cuffs,because we all know cuffs are way to mainstream.Okay let's not get carried away.As I saw the plot was quite unique and I wouldn't change a thing.____________________________________________“June has never looked more beautiful than she does now, unadorned and honest, vulnerable yet invincible.” ____________________________________________The story follows a boy named Day who is the most wanted criminal.Because of his family situation,one day he needs to break in the hospital to get medicine.He does that but heading out he get's in trouble.With officers and guns and everything he manages to get out.Almost at the end of his escape he faces a police captain and to get away he throws a knife to him.He doesn't look back and heads for his sake.In the other side a girl named June is notified that her brother,the captain,was found dead in the hospital and Day is the main suspect.Now she,the girl with the strongest skills,with the highest points in the Trial ever promises to avenge Day,even if it is the last thing she does ____________________________________________“You try to walk in the light.” ____________________________________________The characters were awesome described.I like reading about them both.And this was one of the first books I saw an equal between the boy and the girl.They were equal in every way possible.That made the book way more interesting.JuneJune was great.A badass beautiful fifteen year old heroine.She is hell of a smartass also,and she sure knows what she is capable of.DayDay was also a great character.I liked his sense of humor.He was also strong and too smart for a fifteen year old.____________________________________________“My mother used to hope that I would rise up from my humble roots. Become someone sucessful, or even famous. I'm famous all right, but I don't think it's what she had in mind.” ____________________________________________I recommend this book to every reader out there.Is one of the best books I have read in 2014 and I have read pretty brilliant ones this year.If you want an action pack book with a lot of smart thinking in it , you should pick this up.

  • karen
    2019-02-23 09:14

    so i did, i almost gave this book four stars. but then i said to myself, "self - you have to stop giving these YA dystopias your knee-jerk four star ratings just because you like the genre and you like to see teens in peril, you sick twist." and it's true. these things are pure candy for me to read. and i don't even care so much that the majority of them lack that believability factor. i tend to star-rate within this genre based on enjoyability rather than literary value, because i am neither a professional reviewer nor a teen. but although i enjoyed this one so much, i gotta be more critical every now and this book fun? the writing stellar?well, that's the thing. it has great action sequences and a fine premise, but the characterization is a little is told as a split-narrative between a young girl and a young boy. but their voices are completely interchangeable. not to the extent that you ever mistake one for the other, because their circumstances are completely different, howevs they do indeed sound like one character split into two. this would have been fine - two star-crossed lovers from different sides of the tracks that are in reality one soul split in two - oh true love and all that. but in order for that to work, there would have had to have been really strong secondary characters to show that the author had serious chops and was actively making that point. but all the other characters come from the avatar school of thought: "i am on this side of the issue so i am perfect and good." "i am on the other side of the issue so i am terrrrible."some nuance wouldn't have hurt.i just didn't get a good sense of individuality here at all. no one is complicated enough. as a mystery novel in which the answers unspool at a reasonable pace and keep the reader interested, it is fine. more than fine. but when you sit down and start thinking about the characters themselves, you end up with beigey porridge. as a retelling of les mis, which i am told this is supposed to be a nod to, it is completely unconvincing. seriously - if that is why you are reading this book, you are going to be mystified. if anything, it is more like romeo and juliet. the one with leonardo dicaprio and that chick from my so-called life. with more cage-fighting. i'm not gonna lie, i had a great time reading this, but i think that if every book is going to be a variation on a theme, we gotta start raising the bar. because while this is fun, it is not really a game-changer. i am not saying "don't read this," because this is a really high three, but the flaws have got to be addressed for the integrity of the - yeah - read this. but read it with some pop rocks and cherry dr. pepper, and an awareness that it's not going to stick to your ribs.

  • Rachel E. Carter
    2019-03-05 17:06

    4 out of 5 stars. This book fell short of a solid 5 for me because it had two small things I didn’t like, but otherwise it was golden.What I truly enjoyed:• Two unique POV’s of the hunter and the hunted –and I love, love, loved that the girl was the one sent to hunt Day, the criminal, as I tend to see this trope usually in the reverse.• The action scenes –since I had read The Young Elites I already knew Lu had talent in this arena (that end duel!), and while there was no magic powers this time around Day’s POV was especially good (the chase through the hospital!)• Mary Lu’s pacing is extraordinary, she knows what is too much and she gives us just the right amount. And it fits the militaristic atmosphere perfectly.• The world building: I think it speaks volumes when I don’t even notice its happening. Seriously. I don’t remember any long paragraphs, just tons of snippets as the main characters go about their POV.• Tess –an adorable side character, and if anything happens to her there will be hell to pay. I'm not usually a fan of child side characters and tend to find them a burden, but this one wormed her way into my heart with her interactions with Day.• Metias –I really, really liked him and when he (view spoiler)[died I was actually depressed. (hide spoiler)] He was actually my favorite character until that happened.What I didn’t enjoy so much:• Special snowflake syndrome. Two 15-year-old’s lead the show. Try as I might, this trope contributed to minus one star. I just couldn’t take the two best in the land being this young, at least with Katniss in The Hunger Games and Saba in Blood Red Road they were never the best and the things they were good at made total sense. Sure, I believe June & Day were good to a degree –but for June to be the superstar recruit sent alone to hunt her nation's number one criminal who also happens to be a hot 15-year-old?Yea, no.That was a bit too far-fetched for me to ever get over it. That said, this trope doesn’t prevent me from enjoyment and 4-stars is still a really good rating.• The not-quite-insta-love. Now let me clarify: these two do not like each other right away and when Day (view spoiler)[kisses June I think it came at the right time. (hide spoiler)] What I think my problem was the second-half of the book (view spoiler)[ when Day was captured June's feelings for him seemed to jump really fast. I’m sure some of it was because his life was in danger, but I just… no. (hide spoiler)] They didn’t know each other long enough for those intense feelings. I feel like they stayed together for a week and then she’s ready to do anything to save him. Also, because the romance didn't have much tension leading up I couldn’t root for them as a couple as much as I wished I could. I'm a big believer in tension -like for me that is what makes a romance so great in the YA books I read- and when there isn't a lot I just don't become as invested in the love story.Still, I plan on reading this whole series because this was a great debut. Mary Lu has talent and I would like to see where it goes. Did I like this more than Young Elites? Plot-wise yes, it was a lot faster (and while YE had better action this one kept me bored less of the time); romance-wise, no, Enzo is my bae.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Christine Delilah (Maramochabooks)
    2019-02-20 10:57

    Starts novel: *reads first page* Oh I just love Marie Lu.Continues reading:[email protected] 12 AMThe next morning:(actual photo of me in the mornings)

  • Emily May
    2019-03-18 12:05

    “Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”So I finally decided to pick this up after sifting through all the reviews and reading positive after negative after positive after negative, sometimes I guess you just have to see for yourself. And Legend was all right, pretty good when compared to some of the crap I've read recently, it just wasn't anything particularly spectacular either. That being said, I'm still probably going to read the sequel because I seem to have come down with that annoying disease known as "caringaboutthecharactersitis".In my opinion, this book was significantly better than Delirium, Matched, Shatter Me, Dark Inside, Pure and Article 5. It stood out amongst other members of the overcrowded dystopian genre, but that was mostly because a lot of the others are so atrociously bad, rather than this being overly mind-blowing. It was fun, though, easy to read, quite entertaining, I don't have any regrets about reading it.The main characters are far less annoying than some I've had the displeasure of encountering in this genre. They're not that original or inspiring but they're the kind of carbon copies I don't mind seeing so much. She is self-reliant and can kick ass without the sexy love interest's assistance. He's kind, considerate and brave. The chemistry between them never seems forced, despite it being yet another "they felt drawn to one another" scenario. Somehow it doesn't matter that much here.The world building is the weakest part of the novel, something that seems to apply to most new releases in the dystopian genre. A fact which is strange when surely the whole point of a "dystopia" is the world the characters interact in. But whatever, I will begin to sound like a broken record. It does get better towards the end of Legend with clues being introduced about the time before the Republic existed. This gives me hope that Marie Lu is simply withholding her world building to prolong the reader's interest, but I just hope that I'm not left hanging on this matter at the end of the second book too.Another thing I didn't like - because I couldn't believe in it - was all the huge leaping to conveniently accurate conclusions. The protagonists would look at an unbelievably small piece of evidence and manage to solve an entire mystery out of it. I wasn't convinced, I don't care how smart you are, you would not have gone from A to B like that. You just wouldn't.Though this isn't going to make it onto any of my "favourites" lists, I'd recommend this book to a lot of people. Those who keep loving trashy dystopias with a forbidden romance story, those who liked any of those books I listed in the second paragraph. Those who look for light entertainment rather than deep meaning or fantastic writing in their books. I conclude that Legend is not that bad, it'll probably be a hit with anyone who isn't getting tired of reading poorly constructed dystopia after poorly constructed dystopia.UPDATE 09/2014: This review is not very positive, but the books get better and better!Blog | Leafmarks | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

  • Reynje
    2019-03-15 15:58

    Okay, hypothetical scenario time. Let’s suppose I had the madness, the power ("You ever tried going mad without power? It's boring! No one listens to you!" - Russ Cargill), and the inclination to pit several recently published YA dystopian novels against each other in a brutal and bloody fight to the death a la The Hunger Games. (Please, just roll with my craziness). Now let’s suppose one of these tributes novels is Legend. How, in my mind at least, does it fare in the arena?Without a doubt, at the siren Legend comes sprinting off the plate at full speed and confidence. It takes out a couple of rivals at the kneecaps without even raising a sweat (*cough* Eve *cough* Delirium ) It gets into a vicious scuffle with Shatter Me and Divergent, mostly on account of their break-neck pacing and all having generous sponsors who give them shiny covers and plenty of hype. Legend holds it’s own admirably, makes a narrow escape. Gets it’s hands on a few weapons in the form of interesting characters and solid writing, so when Blood Red Road makes a surprise attack from out of nowhere, Legend puts up a decent fight.However, lurking menacingly in the shadows are the Chaos Walking trilogy and Shipbreaker. These books are comparatively seasoned, superior fighters, and use stealth to their advantage. And ultimately, Legend is no match for the facepunch of awesome that is Monsters of Men. Essentially, what I’m suggesting is that Legend is a strong competitor in the dystopian field, with some decent skills up it’s sleeve, but it’s not quite of the calibre of YA’s finest. To start with, the good:Legend is a fast-paced, action-based novel that makes for quick, immersive reading. Events are set in motion rapidly, gathering speed from the opening chapters, and if you’re willing to let go and enjoy it, it’s quite a ride. Lu doesn’t pull punches and she definitely had me shocked with one of her decisions towards the very end of the story. (view spoiler)[Although, arguably I should have seen it coming, with all the references to the likeness between John and Day. (hide spoiler)]Lu’s worldbuilding is very visual – I found it easy to imagine the future LA she was describing: the squalor, the poverty, the land reclaimed by sea, the brutal military presence. The main characters themselves, teens Day and June, have good on-page chemistry and their dynamic is interesting, serving to complement, rather than hijack the plot. Likewise, I enjoyed many of the secondary characters (Metias, Tessa, Kaede).So far, so good. And now, the not so much:While I found the world of Legend ‘visually’ interesting, the worldbuilding is factually thin. There’s not a whole lot explained or fleshed out, in terms of what has happened to bring the world (or the United States, at least) to this state. I didn’t fully grasp the backstory of the Republic, the Colonies, or the Patriots. Likewise, there’s some reference to the conquest of China, but the issue is only given a brief line. In fact, this was probably my largest problem with Legend – the ideas are good, the concepts interesting – but I wanted more. This is a slim book that barely scratches the surface of the world Lu is presenting. And unfortunately I felt that this carried across to other elements of the story, most notably in June’s case. I can’t help but feel that it’s a fairly large risk on an author’s behalf to choose to write from the perspective of the allegedly most intelligent person. June’s logical thinking and attention to detail are certainly referenced in her narrative, but I didn’t buy her apparently prodigious intelligence. I could see what Lu was attempting, but I don’t totally agree that it was successful. It works a little better in Day’s case, translating to good instincts and street-smarts, but similarly, I wasn’t convinced that he was extraordinarily intelligent to the degree Legend purports. The climax of the story requires a fair amount of suspension of belief, if not throwing it out the window altogether. While the events are easy to get caught up in, they are a little too convenient to be credible. Like an action movie sequence, there’s a lot of distracting noise and commotion, not a whole lot of logic. At the end of the day, Legend is an entertaining book. It’s fun to read, particularly if you like fast paced books with a cinematic feel. I’ll be honest, I read most of it in one sitting and paid for it the next day when I had to get out of bed. That said, I don’t think it’s the most solid of dystopian novels out there. Beneath the glossy surface, there are definite weaknesses to the plot and the worldbuilding that don’t withstand tough scrutiny.I’d give Legend a ranking of 5 out of 10 before I sent it into the arena to do battle. Then I’d sit back and watch the carnage unfold like an Evil Book Dictator.

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2019-03-13 15:00

    4.5 stars. I've been putting this one off forever because I thought I was pretty much over dystopian YA. But friends won't stop raving about this trilogy (still) and... it turns out it IS awesome. The story has the typical dystopian society with an evil dictator, military control, and gifted teens who get sorted in life by a test. The girl discovers the side she's working for has a hidden agenda and that the rebels might actually be the ones to help... so nothing in the plot description sounds new right away. But it was so well done that it still felt completely unique! Marie Lu's writing is wonderful, the characters are all strong, and the story's so concise & action-packed that it read like a Hollywood blockbuster kind of movie. I'm super glad I gave this one a chance because the sequels are set up to be amazinggggg.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-03-05 11:03

    This book was a re-read for me so that I could finally finish out the trilogy. I pretty much feel the same way I did back in 2015. I enjoyed the book and the characters. I love Day so much and I love Tess and June. I love that even though Day and June were enemies at first because of what June thought happened to her brother, they came together and found out the truth. It seems like there are some jerks running around lying. BUT, they always are right? The Republic and The Colonies are at war, they are always at war. Can't anyone just get along? And there is a plague that is killing people. Supposedly they are giving people a cure and if you make it you do and if you don't you don't. June and Day find out some revelations behind that too and ewwww. Anyway, I really hope to love the next two books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I better love the next two books because I'm losing the battle of trilogies lately. Damn it! MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List*****Old Review From 2015*****I can't believe I waited this long to read this book! I didn't think I would like it but I was so wrong. I loved it! The characters of June, Day and Tess were awesome! I'm going to try to write this without any spoilers! So, there are the rich people and the poor people and there is a plague going around, but it seems to only be in the poor parts of town. Go figure right? Day is a sort of Robin Hood, steal from the rich and give to the poor. He's awesome and I love him! He took Tess on as a sort of sister when he found her some time ago all alone on the streets. He's a really good guy. When he finds out his families house is marked for the plague he feels he has to break into the hospital and steal the cure. They only let the rich people in, the jerks. He is almost caught and in his escape he injures a soldier named Metia in the shoulder. This turns out to be the brother of June, who is automatically brought in as a soldier of sorts to hunt down and bring Day to justice. They end up meeting in a weird way and when she finds out he is Day, she has him caught. So, all of these things happen that are not what they seem forcing Day and June to come together as a team. This does not bother them at all as they have fallen for each other. It is a very good storyline with some messed up people doing some messed up things, but isn't that always the cause with people in government :) I look forward to the rest of the trilogy!

  • Kate ♡
    2019-02-21 12:13

    Legend by Marie LuHolyyyyy, omg, where do i start..This book was absolutely incredible!From the time i read the first page, i knew it was going to be great, but never as amazing as it truly was. From page 1 to page 305, i was completely enthralled and could not get enough of it!Marie Lu is an incredible writer, I absolutely lovedddd the two perspective writing! The characters were incredible, the world was so incredibly vivid that i literally feel like i just watched a movie and didn't read a book, even though i got all of the emotional aspects as well. This book just reminds me of christmas and cooking for christmas, because thats what I was doing when I rarely wasn't reading this book. hahaha!Please, do yourself a favour and go read this book.It is now one of my all time favourites, and I cannot wait to continue the series!!:D

  • Ariana
    2019-02-27 10:47

    I am always afraid to read a book when I’ve been holding my breath for it to come out. Legend is one of those.I had high hopes and I am glad to say that my expectations have been met.I was really eager to meet Day.I’ve heard a lot of good things about him and I was pretty much intrigued, for lack of a better word.Even though in the last half of the book he was more or less absent, I got to care more for him and to understand him better (compared to June).He was an interesting character – he was smart; he had some great physical abilities that kept him alive in the past 5 years; he had a great family he cared about and his love for them was heartbreaking, his desperation so strong.He was the victim of so many turnarounds and I felt a need so raw to protect him, I wanted to take his pain away, feeling a deep sympathy and sorrow for him.Also, I liked his friendship with Tess and how he cared about her, how they needed and helped each other.At the opposite side there is June – as it seemed that she had it all too easily – she was the Republic’s favorite, her brother’s little angel; she thought she could catch Day and she did it in a too easy way. Also her tragedy belonged mostly to the past. I felt like I didn’t witness any of her tragedies and compassion never came.She lost her parents but I didn’t see a strong connection between them so I didn’t feel her pain.She lost her brother (and I felt sorry about it because I really liked Metias, as little as I got to know him. I knew he was suppose to die but still I hoped for this to change somehow through the story) but it was all so quick, again I didn’t feel her pain.What I liked about her is that she kept true to her beliefs until the moment she had some good reasons to not trust any longer the world she was living in. She had her priorities straight – she wanted to catch her brother’s killer and she never let her feelings change what she knew she had to do.More than that I appreciated her devotion – when she has something in her mind there was nothing in this world that could stop her. She always has a plan and, no matter what, she finds a way to achieve it.What I liked about this book is the action and turnarounds. I liked how I thought I had it all figured out one moment and then something went terribly wrong. It made me hold my breath through the story and I couldn’t put the book down until the very last page.Still, I felt there was something missing.The book is quite short so at the end there was this need for me to find more about the world they lived in. The book didn’t deliver much information regarding the world building mostly because the characters were a bit clueless about everything that was happening around/behind them. This might change in the next installment so I am not complaining too much.Also the relation between Day and June felt a bit rushed and underdeveloped. I expected a bit more chemistry. The days spent together were not enough for them to grow some strong feeling for each other (even though June didn’t seem like the usual silly girl falling head over heels in love at first sight and then leaving all behind for those feelings – June was definitely better than that and I really appreciated it for a change.)Now I can’t wait for the next installment. I want to know more about Day, his past, his brother and his dad, I want to know more about June’s family and the biological weapons. I want to see Day and June together, fighting this world… What can I say, my expectations are high again!This review can also be found at - Legend____________________________________________Blog (EN) | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Bloglovin' | Blog (RO)____________________________________________Pre-reading Thoughts:I came across Marie Lu's DeviantArt page and I found this cute illustration: 'The making of Legend'Well, I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see Day (the protagonist) in all those scenes and even more. Just wait for the day after tomorrow, just wait for the day that will become Legend.

  • Mizuki
    2019-02-24 10:09

    Pre-review: I read Legend because I'd heard good things about it, but after reading half of this book, I found I'm not happy with the story, not at all.Do I want to see a female author writing a worthy bestseller? Yes.Do I want to see an Asian getting a head start with her first novel? Yes.Do I want to see *finally* there's a well written dystopian novel gracing the realm of YA? Yes.Still I can't pretend Legend is a good book, I just can't. The following gif shows my feeling toward this book:Okay, I can handle teenagers being stupid and clueless about how the world works, but I can't handle 15 years old teenagers who are supposed to be geniuses to act like a pair of hopeless idiots for an entire book.I am not a huge fan of dystopian novels but I especially dislike authors coming up with dystopian worlds which make no sense at all with governments doing evil things and killing off children for no good reason other than to show off how evil and fucked up said government is. After finished reading the whole story, I read from the Acknowledgement at the back of the book that the author, Marie Lu started writing the story of Legend when she was 14 years old. Ah, now I can understand why as a whole this book feels so very damn juvenile even for a Young Adult novel. I am so done with all this eye-rolling stupidity, I am not going to read any more book by Marie Lu.Should I make a list to note down all the problems we have to face when encountering this piece of works?(1)The main characters:Day: At the ripe old age of 15, this boy has survived alone on the streets for five long years and he is the most wanted criminal in the country.Oh, so in this futuristic America, you become the most wanted criminal not by being a terrorist, a bank robber with firearm, a hacker or a serial killer, but by stealing, pushing pranks at the government and 'making them look bad'.Give me a break.And I don't believe for a second that Day can be a super smart tough kid who had endured the hardship of surviving on the mean streets for five long years, his actions and choices have never showed me enough wit and wisdom for him to survive that long. Plus he never mentions anything about going hungry, having to beg for food and money, being beat up or running into street gang in his past experience, how realistic.June: A 15 years old star student of the military and also the one and only teen in the entire country to get a perfect 1500 score at her Trail when she was 10 years old. Not only June is supposed to be super smart, she also has as much emotion as a robot, who can stay perfectly calm and showing barely any grief when she was informed, out of the blue, her older brother is dead and his corpse is on display right in front of her.Okay, it's nice to have a YA heroine who doesn't cry and moan at the slightest of things, but how can a girl act so emotionless at the wake of her brother's death? And she is also cool when seeing a spy gets tortured half to death?Not to mention, these two super smart teenagers fail to see through the villains' wicked plan when I can see it coming from a mile away.(2)The world building:What world building? I only know the country is at war with another enemy country and every kid has to go through a Trail when they reach 10 years old and those who fail the Trail would be (secretly) sentenced to death; plus the existence of the good-old United States is hidden by the evil government, it's mentioned that there were a series of natural disasters in the past, these are more or less all the world building I've ever gotten.Curious why the evil government would waste all those healthy-but-not-smart-enough kids by NOT training them up to be soldiers or labors when said government is at war with another nation, which means they would have needed all the manpower they can get their hands on instead of killing healthy and able 10 years old.Not to mention, in this futuristic world, police can randomly beat children up for disobedience and they can take money and food from the poor people; but why would the citizens allow it? How does the government justify such things? How does said government remain in power when they are treating the poor people like dirt? Nothing is explained.(3) The messed up little details:Ah yes, in this futuristic world, they can't afford to put CCTVs around hospitals and police stations, but somehow they manage to have the freaking Internet.The point is, when Day breaks into a hospital, there is no CCTV to record his break-in, but by the end of the story, all of a sudden there are CCTVs around for the bad guys to check upon? Why are CCTVs suddenly there? Just because the author said so?Not only that, after the soldiers shot an plague-infected woman, they never bother to pick up the body, they just leave the corpse by the doorstep, and no one cares about an infected corpse being left out in the open neither.Are these people for real? Are they Too Stupid To Live or something? I am shocked that none of them has ever thought about burning the infected woman's body, or even burning the entire house down!(4) Tell, not show and lazy writing:We are told Day and June are smart but their actions and choices have always showed me otherwise, we are told Day is supposed to be a cult hero among the poor citizens but the author never bothers to show me any affection toward Day from any of the citizen I had encountered in the book, no one seems to adore Day aside from Tess and Day's own family. I am told there's a war going on but I see no evidence of how the war may affect the daily life of the general public. I feel like the author is taking us all for fools.To me, Legend is one of the perfect examples of why authors should not be allowed to publish a dystopian novel before they pass some tests on science, sociology, psychology and history.Review for book 2:

  • Steph Sinclair
    2019-03-16 16:59

    I'm a dystopian book fanatic. I collect them like the Cookie Monster collects his cookies. So when I first heard of Legend earlier this year I knew I had to get a hold of it ASAP. And I wasn't entirely disappointed because Legend features a strong, kick-ass heroine, a disturbing future world, multi-cultural characters, and tons of action. Legend tells the story of a two remarkable 15-year-olds, Day and June, living on West cost of the United States now known as The Republic. This book instantly reminded me of Aladdin because Day is from a very poor area of The Republic and steals from the rich to help out his family and community. June on the other hand, has grown up in one of the wealthiest areas and has everything she could ask for and a secure future. Their paths suddenly cross after June's brother is murdered during a hospital break-in attempt by Day. The Republic's military uses June's thirst for revenge and has her track Day and bring him to justice. However, June soon finds out her safe world has not been what it appeared to be at all.I loved all the characters in Legend. I felt they were well developed and very likable. Even June's brother, Metais, who dies very early in the story, was likable. Both protagonists were strong and resourceful, though, at times, a little too resourceful. I enjoyed the alternate POVs allowing the reader to get a chance to really understand the backgrounds of both characters. But there were times when I got a little irritated with June for not being able to see the bigger picture of the evils of the Republic. She just seemed entirely too loyal for her to be portrayed as a rule breaker in the beginning. Contrastingly, I really liked Day, who struggles to provide for his family throughout the novel. There were a few scenes that managed to pull at my heartstrings. However, I did have a few issues with the world building. We are led to believe the rest of the US are considered the Rebels and a few natural disasters destroyed most of the East coast. There isn't any real mention of what the outside world is doing either. I know it may seem like I'm nitpicking, but hear me out. If the US were to suffer that bad of a natural disaster, resulting in the crumbling of our government and the extinction of the dollar bill, this would have a huge negative effect on the world's economy. You cannot expect me to believe the rest of the world is chillin' while the US is under a civil war. Where is the United Nations? What side of the war are our ally countries on? For this book to be so focused on military and civil war, I expected to have these answers. Sadly, I did not and for that this book felt a little incomplete. I also had trouble with Day and June being so...unstoppable. Yes, let's use that term. Day breaking into a hospital guarded by armed and trained gun men with just a disguise and two knives? When the soldiers open fire on him only one bullet manages to graze him? Whoever trained these soldiers needs to send them straight back to the boot camp they came from. This is one of those situations where you have to just let all sense of logic float out the window if you are to remotely enjoy the novel. And for June to be so smart I'm not sure how she never guessed the Republic's true intentions from the start. Even when the evidence was sitting there screaming, "Look at me! Look at me!" she just...looked the other way. It was very obvious. (view spoiler)[If the Republic is handing out mandatory vaccines to the rich population, but is constantly in the poorer sectors dealing with the dreaded "plague," why didn't anyone question why the Republic didn't hand out the vaccines to the poor also? Or more importantly, why did people think this was okay that they didn't? No one wondered why the Republic wouldn't want to protect all its citizens? Oh, I know! It's because they are the reason behind it all! C'mon, all together now: "Duh." (hide spoiler)]And of course, my biggest pet peeve was the semi-insta-love between June and Day. I say semi because it wasn't like they met and they were instantly proclaiming their love for one another. It was more of I just didn't believe their romance had enough time to become anything, let alone love. I would have preferred if the romance was left out completely in this book and instead introduced in the second. You know, because usually you become friends before lovers. Despite those issues I was still able to enjoy the book and I'm looking forward to the sequel. My only hope is that the world building is tightened up a bit and possibly a map is thrown in. More reviews and more at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Mohammed Arabey
    2019-03-08 12:03

    Welcome to The Dystopian Republic of America..The U.S.A now divided, a Republic & Colonies..each side in constant war..The Republic has certain sectors suffer a Plague..only the wealthy survive and got the cure..The "Elector Primo" of the Republic is the president for his life, his successor is mostly his son..This typical Dictatorial Republic System is already a Dystopian..So, as I started.. Welcome to The Republic of America..Welcome to 'Legend'.A nice idea The author Marie Lu, shows a typical corruption of the Republic Military government system, just like in some legendary novels from 1984 to The Hunger Games.Or even in real life .. There's some elements you can find similarity in some countries even in Egypt, some Arab and African countries, Even China..=====*****=====The Story and the Characters-----------------------D A YThe Boy Who walks in the Light*********************Living on the run, his family think he's dead, only his older brother knows and communicate with him.Fighting the Republic, not for a side, just for ...justice !!?..never caught that's why he's a Legend..Attack a hospital and an officer to get a cure for the plague his little brother suffering..Meets a girl in a fighting her from troubles; she arrests him...J U N EThe Girl Who Shutters the Shinning Glass**********************Living happily with her officer brother.. study to work like him till she hear the sad news..Her brother get killed in an assault.Start working for The Republic in her young age..not just cause her brother,But cause her intelligent made her a Prodigy ..Goes in a mission to hunt the boy she knows he killed her brother...and that what turns her life upside down..And between the two narrators ,Day and June , The story goes in the republic of America..It was the main reason why I got the trilogy the first place , the narrator is both male and female.. and it was nice.. along with the good setting it was suppose to be perfect..BUTSadly it was after all -for me- just okay..==========**********========== Somehow the characters felt "too young to do any of that" if you know what I mean.. may be I'm getting too old for that "Damn I hate when a book makes me feel too old"May be it's because of the "Manga" style the novel was advertised by which makes me feel so..But even the description of the characters in the novel also felt like the "manga drawing" pictures -long hair for the boy, some hint of Asian eyes....anyway I wished for more mature characters or a bit deeper ones that are unpredictable.But the main problem for me which made me see it just as "2.5 Stars of 5" is that the whole Book One felt more like a "TV Show's Pilot Episode" ,just like one episode with some fillers..For me I always like the book one makes me want Book 2 not because I didn't get enough,but because I get enough AND I wanted more..I can't explain well about that but I -for example- like the Part One of Books likeHarry Potter "of course, and it's the best example of Book Ones", The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner..All those books you can just stop after reading book one with a somehow complete story..But it's not that much the case of well as Divergent which almost end like this one.I'm okay with a cliffhanger ending ,But I prefer book one would at least gives me a more powerful start..something epic to force me waiting for book two.==========**********==========Finally*******It is for sure very good Teen book with elements from older Dystopian novels and even Revolution ones..But for me I said,made me feeling too old.May be my rating is harsh a bit "2.5 Stars" But I'm hoping it'd be up to 3 when I read Book Two hoping I'd even like more and get better rating to raise this one's.I was almost giving this book 2 stars in Goodreads, But for now I'll just give it 3.."They must start giving us the option of the half stars" and I hope Book two would not let me down..Till then..Mohammed ArabeyFrom 20th April 2014To 23rd April 2014

  • Christine Riccio
    2019-03-22 10:17

    THRILL RIDE. just posted a booktalk: review and discussion -

  • maggie
    2019-03-13 10:52

    ❝Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.❞Rating: ★★★★Being a fan of Marie Lu's The Rose Society, I didn't doubt my excitement for this one. Having a familiar taste in her writing, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. And I wasn't! The only problem is, since this is Marie's first actual novel, I noticed changes made in her writing. But that's a good thing, meaning her writing has improved and I was able to see how. So overall, there really wasn't disappointment. Instead, I tried my best to start this novel and finish it in one sitting but sadly, I didn't since I had to go someplace. But besides that, getting back to reading it, I didn't and couldn't stop. Since the first sentence "My mother thinks I'm dead." I was easily attached to this book. Really. That easily. I found it quite surprising since I wasn't a big fan of Marie's novel, The Young Elites, I thought I wouldn't be thrilled by this one, being the first book for the series. Getting on with the review, the book follows two 15 year-olds and again, I read another book with alternating point of views - Day and June. Let me be honest, I've really never liked alternating povs. I didn't mind the shifting ones in Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Maybe because all 3 novels are fast-paced and easy to get intrigued by them. I mean, with all 3, I took my time reading them, being not only attached to them but actually being interested in finding out what would happen next.In Shiver I wanted to find out what would happen if Sam really did turn into a wolf again and what would happen to Grace and their relationship.In An Ember in the Ashes I wanted to find out how Laia would save her brother and how Elias would escape.In Legend I wanted to find out how June would find out the truth about her brother's death and discover everything hidden behind other secrets, and how Day would make and save up money for his little brother's illness.Our main character, June, is a prodigy who got a perfect score of her Trial, only ending up getting a better shot for wealth, education and success with whatever path her life is leading her to. Having a brother who is a soldier for the Republic, only being murdered at a hospital, June promises herself and her brother that she will find this murderer, track him down, and kill him. But as she finds out this murderer is Day, LA's most wanted but not most dangerous criminal, she ends up finding the actual truth behind both, her brother's death and her parents. And as both talk to each other like they've known each other longer than 1 week, they discover the truth behind the Republic and the reason for the plague, the illness spreading around children.Set in a dystopian genre, Legend is definitely a recommendation for fans of action-packed books. By action-packed I mean involving brutality, lies only being discovered towards the end, pretending like nothing is known, kidnapping, street fights, bombs suddenly appearing at a stadium filled with people waiting for a young boy to be executed, sacrifices and some romance added to it.Admittedly, I loved both characters since the beginning. June, she's a young woman that all she wanted was to seek revenge for her brother's death. All she wanted was to find out the truth and who was behind everything. Even carrying so much on and with her, she was someone that did not get on my nerves any time, really, not caring about her decisions. Being honest, she didn't make poor decisions. She made them for a reason: to find out the truth, discover secrets, only leading to the path she had been looking for since her vow.Day, our other protagonist, is actually someone who may sound like he has a cold heart or soul, but in reality, he's someone that is trying to find a cure for his little brother. He's someone who cares for his family and friends, trying to keep his identity away from everyone so he won't be caught, even from his own mother who thinks he is dead. He's actually someone who cries for what he feels inside, for what he sees with his beautiful, blue-ocean and bright eyes, and is someone who never ever kills, even if it means his life.Finding out about more characters, this is where the hate for some come. There were 2 in particulate I really hated and got on my nerves: Commander Jamison and Thomas.The Commander was just a hellbitch that gave less of a shit for June and her brother's death, only making it seem real to only feel bad for the girl. Thomas now, was a betraying ass to both, June and his best friend, Metias. The thing is, the characters here are fifteen years old. That's how old I am. Yes, I am young. Yes, I'm still a small teenage child. So maybe that's why I'm enjoying these books set with teenage point of views while I'm still a teen.There were a lot of things happening in Legend at once, being a fast-paced book with battled in it and betrayals. See, there were times where I was left shocked because of what I just read and found out. There were other times where I would cry because of what was happening, only imagining it happening to me. Other times where I was mad because of the shocking thing that had just happened, wanting to close the book and end it. But I was, like I said, easily attached to the book, only wanting to find out what would happen next. I didn't know who was the bad guy at first. I didn't know who was the real killer. I didn't know the reason for it. I didn't know the reason for the violence. I didn't know the reason for the realizations.Now here I am, questioning myself why hadn't I read this earlier? but that's no surprise. I always ask myself there after reading some mind-blowing debut with a different writing. Not only the alternating point of views, or the yellow-colored words for Day's POV, but for the captivating way of the writing. The way Marie is able to write something only to make you keep your eyes on every page, not letting a word slip and be forgotten. Finishing it up, I told myself I would immediately start Prodigy after. The ending in Legend isn't really a cliffhanger, there's no question in what would happen next and no "jaw-dropping" where I'm wondering "what will happen with June and Day? Instead, the ending actually left us with more of a "stand alone" book. Or well, it feels like it. I know it's a trilogy, but the ending ended like if no other book would be written. Maybe before the trilogy actually became a thing, maybe that's the reason for it. Maybe it was supposed to be a stand alone. Obviously I don't know since I haven't been in Lu's fanbase for a long quite and I just read her first novel so I can't say much. With all that being said, Marie did not disappoint with this one and I'm excited to see what Prodigy and Champion have for what's next.

  • Ninoska Goris
    2019-02-26 17:17

    Español - English "En el espejo parezco la de siempre; por dentro soy una persona completamente distinta. Soy una chica superdotada que conoce la verdad, y sé perfectamente lo que quiero hacer al respecto.”Es una distopía en donde La República está embarcada en una guerra interminable con el país vecino, las Colonias.June y Day, dos ciudadanos de la República, tienen la misma edad y viven en la misma ciudad. Sin embargo, habitan en mundos opuestos: June es una chica privilegiada, destinada a ocupar un lugar en la elite del país por su condición de niña prodigio y Day vive en la clandestinidad y se dedica a sabotear los manejos de un gobierno que considera corrupto y asesino.Los caminos de June y de Day se cruzan cuando Metías el hermano de June es asesinado, y Day se convierte en el principal sospechoso del crimen.✨✨✨It is a dystopia where The Republic is embarked on an interminable war with the neighboring country, the Colonies.June and Day, two citizens of the Republic, are the same age and live in the same city. However, they live in opposite worlds: June is a privileged girl, destined to occupy a place in the elite of the country because of her prodigy status and Day lives in hiding and is dedicated to sabotaging the maneuvers of a government that considers corrupt and killer.The paths of June and Day intersect when Metias June's brother is killed, and Day becomes the prime suspect in the crime.

  • Elena Salvatore
    2019-03-19 12:55

    I low key knew that I would like this book from the beginning and it didn't disappoint.In a world were the rich and the poor are devided by more than just money, Day is a boy who survives on the streets. He is wanted by the government and he is their no1 criminal even tho he never killed anyone. That is until one day he throws a knife at a soldier and that soldier turns up dead.Now his little sister June wants revenge. She made it her mission to be the one to find Day and make him pay for his crimes.I don't care what anyone says,I just love dystopian books and I will continue reading them even if everyone else says that they're outdated. The paranoid part of me belives that all of them are situations that can happen one day and Marie Lu made a really good job on feeding my paranoia.This book had me hooked from the beginning and I'm sure that if I didn't get interrupted all the time, I could have finished it in just one day.It was a fairly short book but I didn't felt like something was missing.I really liked the writing. It was easy flowing and I ended up halfway through the book without even realizing it.I loved the characters and it was one of the rare times in which I enjoyed both POV's without growning when they switched.However I had to take a star taken for it's lack of "Worldbuilding".We didn't got enough information on what happens in this world other than some mentions from our protagonists.• What is that test that every child is forced to take when they turn 10?• Why did they have to take this test? Just to sort out who will be good to make soldiers and who will be lab rats?• With whom is the government in war with?• War? What War?• Why does the government creat a virus to kill poor people over and over again? Where is the point in that?• and more importantly WHY DO THE PEOPLE TAKE THIS ABUSE AND DO NOTHING TO STOP IT?!REBEL DAMNIT! REBEL!

  • Tweebs♥️
    2019-03-04 12:07

    I think I would've enjoyed this bookway way WAYmore if these characters weren't fucking 15 years old.Because NO .I couldn't accept anything because their ages kept slapping me in the face. FOR REAL, this was me : *Cool, intense scene happens*Me: OH SNAPPPPP !! *suddenly remembers their 15 years old*Me: Wait...these little fetuses did this?? NOOOOOOOO *********Romance scene happens*Me: Ouuuuuu......WAIT THERE 15 YEARS OLD OMFG I FEEL LIKE A PEDOPHILE. My sister is 15 like NOOOOOOO. *flips through pages quickly*MY GOODNESS THE CRINGING WAS REALLLLLL !! I hope the next book is set in the future like maybe 5 years later because NO . I know, I know. I'm over exaggerating like don't get me wrong, this book was awesome. I just wish the author made them 17 or 18 years old. Would've been more believable, you feel??? And romance scenes between 17 or 18 years old wouldn't freak me out as opposed to a 15 year old romance scenes >.<

  • Bibi
    2019-03-19 14:54

    Pardon me for raining on the dystopian parade but I'm 5 chapters in and- already the plot development and progression seem patently obvious. I thinkBecause I'm assuming the republic had Metias killed, pinned it on Day just so they could send June to track and kill Day. I'm also guessing the two will fall in love, fight the bad guys aka "The Republic", then become the symbolic heads of the resistance. Right?*passes book to 14-yr-old daughter*DNF @ 20%

  • Μaria Vrisanaki
    2019-02-28 08:51

    *5*Γιατί είναι δυστοπικό.Γιατί είναι ανθρώπινο.Γιατί με τράβηξε από την αρχή.Γιατί ήθελα συνέχεια να πηγαίνω παρακάτω.Γιατί μέχρι τη μέση δεν μπορούσα να το αφήσω κάτω.Γιατί ο Ντέυ είναι ένας από τους καλύτερους ΑΝΤΡΕΣ (15χρονους) που έχω διαβάσει.Γιατί η μοναδική, μικρή αλλά μεγάλη Τζουν θα μπει μέσα στις αγαπημένες μου ηρωίδες.Γιατί δεν υπήρχε κάτι μέσα σε αυτό του βιβλίο που να μη μου άρεσε.Γιατί έχω τον Μιτίας και τον Τζον μέσα στην καρδιά μου.Γιατί με έκανε να κλάψω.Γιατί και τώρα κλαίω.

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    2019-02-26 10:01

    4.5 Stars.....Let me preface this by saying that even though this might be my favorite dystopia, it is a long shot from being anything super original or remarkable. The world building is OK, the general plot is fine. I think what really drew me in was just how precious the characters are - in particular, Day himself...I've only listened to the audio version of this series so far vs reading the actual books. The narration is great- so I'm not sure how much that is affecting my opinion. That being said (and like I mentioned above...) the characters are definitely what made the series for me. Day and June are so sweet and I loved their chemistry. My biggest complaint though is that they definitely act way older than 15. I'm not sure why Marie Lu didn't just make them 17 or 18- which would be much more believable. Sooo I pretty much just changed their ages in my head and I recommend everyone else do the same. I know they age a big during the series but regardless, that age range just doesn't fit. So all in all, don't go into this expecting some super elaborate world or crazy in depth plot - but it is super fun nonetheless. As long as you find yourself connecting to Day and June- you'll definitely enjoy the series just based on them and their interactions - and get plenty of feels out of it. My Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Etsy

  • Darth J
    2019-03-01 08:48

    DNF @ page 94This was my second and last of Marie Lu’s books. I just find her writing style to be too dry and emotionless to be intriguing. There’s plenty of action in her books, but her world-building doesn’t make all that much sense and it’s very hard to connect to characters because they are so flat and tell more than show. Her books read like robots put them out—there’s just no life or warmth to her style.(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]I gave this a chance, thinking that I just didn’t care for the world of the Young Elites, but no: the problem is her writing. It really is too listless and bland to hold a reader’s attention. Also, what was up with switching fonts for the different character POVs? It was distracting and unnecessary.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • shady
    2019-03-10 15:49

    Wham, bam, thank you ma'am.

  • Amber Robertson
    2019-03-16 15:15

    “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the great Republic of America, to our Elector Primo, to our glorious states, to unity against the Colonies, to our impending victory!”Legend was a book I tried to go into with low expectations, I was worried about the whole dystopian thing. I went through a phase like six years ago or something where I only read dystopian, but that quickly came to an end with Divergent - a book I did not enjoy. However, I had seen many glowing reviews about Legend, with several stating that Marie Lu has a beautiful writing style. I'm so glad I wasn't let down in the slightest. This particular story tells the story of June and Day, and we get both of their perspectives throughout the book to give a greater insight into our main characters. The story follows death, kindness, lies, and betrayal. Now, doesn't that sound great? Yes. And was it well done? YES. So, like I said before, it's been a while since I read a dystopian book. To be exact it was almost four years ago where I read a quarter of Insurgent before putting it down. However, this was the book to get me straight back into that dystopian mood. For a while, I got confused about how the world was set out, but I quickly got the hang of it after seeing a map that helped me realise what certain things meant Basically, the different sections of America are at war - I could be wrong but that's what I gotI just can't even put into words how I feel about this book and how excited I am to read the next one to find out what happens to these characters, as well as the side characters. CharactersJune“But the instant the new girl steps into the circle and I see her stance . . . I know I’ve made a big mistake. Kaede strikes like a bull, a battering ram.This girl strikes like a viper.” June is the only one who in the entirety of The Republic who has achieved a perfect score when you take a trial at the age of 10, this leads to having many doors open up for her as well as being a rarity. However, everyone in the book seems to think she's an underachiever. Never quite being on the same page as her. She is constantly fooling them and the whole time I was like At the beginning of the book June's parents are dead and she's only got her brother, who is already a solider for the Republic. However, in the first few chapters (this isn't a spoiler) he is killed and the only suspect is Day, the criminal that the Republic is trying to catch but has no idea what he looks like. Due to this June vows for revenge. “Day’s exploits used to fascinate me. But now he is my matched enemy—my target. My first mission.”I found June to be a touch naive throughout the book, sometimes slow to work things out for herself. However, in some parts she was incredibly intelligent (view spoiler)[as in when she worked out Day was Day when he went to grab the missing necklace around his neck, the necklace she carried. (hide spoiler)] I think some decisions could have been better made, but for the most part I thought June was a kickass character who could stand up for herself and I'm really hoping this doesnt chaneg. Day“Rumor has it that Day once scaled five stories in less than eight seconds. If the Republic’s most-wanted criminal can pull that off, then how are we ever going to catch him if we’re not just as fast? And if we can’t even catch him, how are we going to win the war?”I've read books where the main character is a criminal, but I never had read a book where the main character was 15 and a criminal. A criminal who is most-wanted in the Republic. What a title to have at 15. Day is one of the few people in the Republic who failed his Test. But, he didn't just fail it. No. He got the lowest school in all of the Republic, which is weird. Very weird. When you fail your test you're sent to a labour camp to work, or so that's what everyone is told becasue lets be real this is a dystopian book, the government is obviously shady. Day knows this and could flee if he wanted to, being one of the only people to escape the 'labour camp', except he has family he needs to protect. A family who he does his best for while they think he's dead. I loved Day as a character. I thought he was interesting with his Robin Hood like complex and his willingness to cause trouble for the Republic, but not work for everyone while he did so. He was an interesting character and an interesting character to read from. I mean, how does someone who is so smart get such a low score on the Test?(view spoiler)[He doesn't. “Day didn’t fail his Trial. Not even close. In fact, he got the same score I did: 1500 / 1500. I am no longer the Republic’s only prodigy with a perfect score." (hide spoiler)]Also, my other point on Day was that his name was freaking stupid. I rolled my eyes as soon as I read it - we do get an explanation as to why he chose this particular name, but I still thought it was stupid. “Why ‘Day’?”“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.” He looks toward the railway car’s open door, where streaks of dark water blanket the world. “You try to walk in the light.”World-BuildingThe world-building wasn't the best, we basically jump straight into the world with no explanation of how or why it has formed this way. We basically just know not to trust the government (like every book). I did find the world interesting as I tried to work things out for myself, but some things had such strange names that I was like what?. However, once you work the world out it is really great. PlotThe plot wasn't the most original in a long shot (but nothing really is in this day and age), but I still immensely enjoyed it which was shocking for me since it's been a while since I truly enjoyed a novel. I mean, I do enjoy books but I've been struggling to find that stand out book. Legend was that stand out book for me, praise the lord himself. WritingThe writing wasn't the best, it lacked description. It lacked some overall fleshing out. However, I loved it. I found it easy to read and easy to get caught up in. Once I started reading I could barely put my phone down, I had to know where the story was going to lead me. OverallOverall, an absolutely suprising book. A definite new book for my favourites and I'm beyond excited to continue this series. 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  • Stacia (the 2010 club)
    2019-02-23 11:08

    She said : 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.He said : If I did not wish she were dead, I would find her absolutely breathtaking.The above artwork (minus the crappy text I added from a book quote) was drawn by the author herself. She writes and she does her own artwork? That's pretty badass. 3.5 stars. So this wasn't the most believable dystopia I've ever read (although, let's get real - most of these books are pretty far from believable anyway). So our male character claims he scaled a four-story building in less than five seconds (without assistance or equipment?). So there were at least a few far-fetched moments. And by far-fetched, I'm just going to put it out there that a 15-year-old isn't going to be in a position of such great power in any sort of modern (non-monarchy) based world. Age that girl by even a couple/few years and I might be more likely to buy that people twice her age are taking orders from her. This time *shrug* I really don't care. I liked the book. It was an engaging read. The entertainment factor was easily 4 stars. We had some action, adventure, and a potential romance based on mutual distrust. Those are all bonus points in my book. There was even a girl-on-girl fight scene and a moment of pistol-whipping. Yes, please. Don't judge me. Sometimes, I like it when people throw down, and watching June pistol-whip Day made me laugh. One aspect which did fascinate me was both Day and June's ability to notice small details, such as what direction a voice would be coming from through a speaker, or how a person could be recognized by the type of knot they tied into their cloak. This is something which did work its way into the bigger picture of their story and I liked how that all unfolded.The instalove question - Is it or isn't it? I'm going with no. Instant attraction, thoughts of wanting to kiss someone, thinking a lot about a person when they're not around...that's all pretty normal for the age, no? At least it was for me at that age (not that I'm claiming to have ever been normal). There was only one scene which sort of hit that silly mark for me in this department, but it wasn't that big of a deal.June and Day were kind of cute, in that brother/sister dangerous boy-meets-dangerous girl kind of way. So the chemistry wasn't off the charts. They have miles to go, I'm guessing. We'll get there. I liked some of the side characters and potential villains. Can't wait to see what's up next for them. Book 2 - let's see what you got!