Bookit Review: Legend by Marie Lu

I saw this book highlighted on Facebook in a “What to get your Teen for Christmas” reading wish list by my local library, and I also came across it in eBook format through the popular library downloading database Overdrive. Knowing that eReader devices would be a popular present this holiday season, I was excited to dive into a read that I could share with tech savvy teens that enjoy reading on electronic devices.

Legend (Legend, #1) 

 

From Goodreads:

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’ 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.

I really enjoyed this book, especially since I had recently finished The Hunger Games. Dystopian fiction is a popular genre, and Legend makes a great next read for those that enjoyed The Hunger Games and are interested in escaping into what the future may be like (past 2012)! What is the world like after surviving horrific natural disasters? Are the children in the dystopian world of Legend also subjected to some sort of cruel process?  Does the government have a hidden agenda? Could a romance bloom between two characters who were supposed to be lethally opposed to one another?

Set in the Republic of America, what was once Los Angeles, California in the year 2031 we find the two main characters Day and June. Chapter one features Day perspective (in gold print), the following chapter is of June’s (in black print), and the book continues like this flipping back and forth so that the reader is able to understand their experiences and become attached to both as their characters develop.

When we first meet Day he has just seen one of the many JumboTrons displaying a ‘wanted’ add for his arrest:

WANTED BY THE REPUBLIC

FILE NO: 462178-3233 “DAY”

——————————-

WANTED FOR ASSULT, ARSON, THEFT,

DESTRUCTION OF MILITARY PROPERTY,

AND HINDERING THE WAR EFFORT

200,000 REPUBLIC NOTES FOR

INFORMATION LEADING TO ARREST

The author Marie Lu’s effort to put in unique text add-ins, such as the one above, and changing the print colour, aid in creating the ambiance for the story. Her writing style of bouncing between the two characters also creates foreshadowing, while at the same time she puts in plot twists that make this a suspenseful read you don’t want to put down.   

Like many YA titles, Legend is the first book of a planned series. Currently, the release date for the next title is unknown, but let’s hope it’s not too far away! I give it a good 4 out of 5.

Happy reading, Bookit

p.s. for more information about the author or book visit her website

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. The Nate Gatsby
    Jan 14, 2012 @ 12:06:25

    This book is on my to be read list…along with about 300 other books. I might move it up this list some now, though.

    Reply

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