Monday, March 3, 2014

Review: Legend

Title: Legend
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam
Publication Date: November 29th 2011
Pages: 305
Genre: YA
Source: Library
My Rating: 4 Starfish

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.
- Summary and cover image from Goodreads 

I went into this book completely blind. I didn't have a clue what it was about. I knew it was a dystopian that generated a lot of hype, but that was it. I scoffed at it multiple times while browsing through the shelves at my local library, but because I didn't have enough books to suit my fancy, I ended up checking it out too. Let me just say, I will never turn my nose up at a book again until I have actually read it.

Legend was so much better than I thought it was going to be. It was so action-packed and fast-paced, that I flew right through it. I was quickly sucked into it, and I thought to myself that there was NO WAY it could get more intense, but the action and suspense escalated to crazy levels by the end.

I loved the setting of the book. In this world, kids take this test, and if they get a high score, they're sent to schools that train them to be the best soldiers on the planet. If they get a low score, they're sent to "labor camps". There are plagues that spread throughout the colonies that no one knows how or why they started in the first place. Except, of course, nothing is ever what it seems to be in these dystopian books.

The book bounces back and forth between two characters' POVs, Day and June. June took the test and got a perfect score (the only perfect score as far as anyone knows), and so she's like this tough, kick-butt girl that rebels at basically everything. I had a hard time deciding if I liked her or not, and I don't think I do, but she did get better towards the end. Day is the government's most wanted criminal, and he's been on the run for years. He faced off with June's older brother, and it ended in her brother's death. June set out to avenge her brother and bring Day to justice.

Day and June are both insanely intelligent, and some of the stunts that they pulled throughout the book blew my mind. I didn't like Day much either, but I thought that their personalities suited the story well.

As far as secondary characters go, I loved Tess and Metias. We didn't get to see much of Metias, but he seemed like a really nice and likeable guy. Tess was such a cute sidekick, and her relationship with Day was really sweet. I did like John a lot too. I admired him for what he did to save Day.

As far as the villains go..... they need to die by the end of this trilogy. I just REALLY hope they get theirs.

If you haven't read Legend yet, then what are you waiting for??? Go get it, and read it, because it will be worth it. It wasn't the best book I've ever read, but I liked it enough to give it 4 out of 5 Starfish.

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