Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Legend by Marie Lu


 I have kind of an unearthly obsession for dystopian novels. I gravitate towards them. Maybe I just have a sixth sense that starts pinging in the deep trenches of my brain; I don't know. And I LOVE them if they're done right, and let me tell you, Marie Lu did a lot of things right.

Legend is the first of a trilogy that tells the tale of  two fifteen-year-olds living in a broken country that was a part of the good ol' US of A. Day is a wanted outlaw; he's been terrorizing and tormenting the goverment a long time; blowing up goverment-owned vehicles, attacking military personnel, stealing money; he's kind of a Robin Hood for the people. Gives them hope and whatnot.

June, on the other hand, is a prodigy (lol) . She has been groomed to become a leading military official. She's rich, she's loved, and she's a little lonely with only her older brother for any actual company.
Day and June meet in the most peculiar of circumstances, and unravel some dark secrets.

What I LOVE...

The adventure. I love the fights, the escapes, the chases. It's exhilarating.  I love June as a female lead because she's analyzing things and kicking butt like nobody's business. I love the fact that June is a law abiding citizen turned rebel, and that both June and Day hold a deep meaning of family, and they learn to see past the stereotypes set by their respective social classes.

What I Don't Love as Much... 

I don't like how there is so little world-building.  I had so many questions while reading this novel,and although I understand that this is the first in a trilogy, there wasn't enough information to quench my thirst
It's kind of unbelievable that Day and June are such highly skilled fifteen-year-olds. Think about it.  Day has a bad knee, and he's untrained, yet he's able to out maneuver highly trained military personnel. June's been allowed to lead a mission to hunt down Day, yet she's a minor. Hmmm....

The Love Story! You knew it was coming. If there is one thing I despise, it's  a dose of insta-love in an other wise brilliant novel. So please, please, please don't make a romantic gesture when you've literally known each other for a week. It's annoying, and completely detracts from my enjoyment.


Other than that Marie Lu, weaved a tale that had me pouring through this novel; it seemed as if I could not have finished soon enough to move onto the next one.

Happy Reading,



Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

OOoh nice review! I plan to read this one soon myself. Like in another week or two! Heard too many good things and I decide I can't pass it up anymore!

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