Review: Legend

2.06.2012
Legend by Marie Lu
Published November 29th, 2011 by Razorbill
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

Born into the slums of Los Angeles, fifteen-year old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. A mysterious boy with no recorded image or fingerprints. A boy who should no longer exist. A boy who watches over his family until one evening, when the plague patrols mark his family's door with an X--the sign of plague infection. A death sentence for any family too poor to afford the antidote. Desperate, Day has no choice; he must steal it.

Born to an elite family in Los Angeles' wealthy Ruby sector, fifteen-year old June is the Republic's most promising prodigy. A superintelligent girl destined for great things in the country's highest military circles. Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country--until the day her brother Metias is murdered while on patrol during a break-in at the plague hospital.

Only one person could be responsible.

Day.

And now it's June's mission to hunt him down.

The truth they'll uncover will become legend.
It's very rare to hear of someone who doesn't like Legend, so I went into this book with very high expectations. For the most part, those expectations are met.

Day and June both have very different stories. June, the prodigy of the Republic. Day, the fugitive that the Republic would do anything to capture. Legend is told from both their points of view, and for once, an author has done multiple POVs right. It's so easy to tell the difference between them, not only because of their actions but also because they think differently.

I love dystopians. Legend is probably one of the best ones I've read, but I can't help wondering how the Republic took over. What went wrong in our world that meant it had to change into their world? And I feel like we could have used more interest on the Patriots. All I really understood is that they're the enemies of the Republic. World-building is a really important aspect in dystopians to me, and too often the details of how the world came to be is skipped over.

The only other issue I really had - predictability. It was fairly easy to tell what's really happening with the Plague and June's brother. Considering that's the big issue in this book, I wish I could have been a little more surprised. I don't know how, but I still wish. :P

Still, I do think it was very easy to imagine the world they live in, which is definitely because of the way Lu writes. It's not complicated prose full of words I'll never understand, but it's not so simple that it's almost amateur. It's the perfect blend, and the imagery is great.

For once, just because I didn't connect with the characters didn't mean I didn't like them. I felt absolutely no connection to neither June or Day, but I still enjoyed reading from both their perspectives. I can't imagine ever being in any situation like theirs, so I can't imagine what I would be feeling like, therefore I found no connection. But June is hunting for her brother's killer, and Day is searching for a way to save his family. They're both completely and utterly brave, and I love that about them, regardless of the fact that I can't connect to them.

Overall: Legend is full of action and plenty of amazing characters - both main and secondary. While I feel some details were skimmed over, I think the ending was perfect and that I'll be right there with all the raving fans waiting for the next book. 4 stars.

~Zoey~
15 comments on "Review: Legend"
  1. i hope2 read it soon/ rad review

    you rock girl

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  2. I love this book! It was my favorite Christmas gift. > w <

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  3. I agree -- it's rare to find someone who didn't like this book. I'm kind of iffy on dystopians just because there are so many of them coming out. Is it just me, or dystopian becoming the new "vampire genre"?

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  4. I am completely with you on the raving reviews thing. It seems like everyone loves this book. I think I really do need to read it. Thanks for the great review! :)

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  5. I really loved this book. I actually listened to the audiobook, and the narrators were great. I would love to find time to actually read the book myself though, I feel like I would get more out of it. I am really looking forward to the next book. Awesome review!

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  6. I am desperate for the next book now. I really enjoyed this, too! Nice review, Zoey. :)

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  7. I have been curious about Legend for a while now. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. I have this book on my shelf right now but haven't gotten around to it yet. I've heard generally good things about this too but I'm going to try to go in without high expectations. I'm sorry you couldn't connect with the characters though. Great review!

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  9. Great review! I recently got it and absolutely loved it. I think it lived up to the hype and I'm looking forward to the sequel.

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  10. Honestly, I've never even heard of this book. I'll have to try it out! It sounds really good.

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  11. I really enjoyed this one. I do wish it had been longer, because there was SO much I wanted answered. I really hope this series only gets better. Overall a good read.

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  12. I really need to buy this book it looks so good.

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  13. Yay for Legend! I read and loved this book! I gave it four stars as well. I loved the double story throughout the book, but I found the climax and end predictable. Not that predictability is always a bad thing. I didn't mind as much as I usually wouls. I think that despite the fact that this book is another dystopia, I like this one more than, for example, Matched/Crossed by Ally Condie, Delirium/Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, XVI/Truth by Julia Karr, Birthmarked/Prized by Caragh O'Brien, and so on. Can't wait to read Prodigy! :)
    Thanks for the review!

    Alyssa Susanna

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2.06.2012

Review: Legend

Legend by Marie Lu
Published November 29th, 2011 by Razorbill
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

Born into the slums of Los Angeles, fifteen-year old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. A mysterious boy with no recorded image or fingerprints. A boy who should no longer exist. A boy who watches over his family until one evening, when the plague patrols mark his family's door with an X--the sign of plague infection. A death sentence for any family too poor to afford the antidote. Desperate, Day has no choice; he must steal it.

Born to an elite family in Los Angeles' wealthy Ruby sector, fifteen-year old June is the Republic's most promising prodigy. A superintelligent girl destined for great things in the country's highest military circles. Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country--until the day her brother Metias is murdered while on patrol during a break-in at the plague hospital.

Only one person could be responsible.

Day.

And now it's June's mission to hunt him down.

The truth they'll uncover will become legend.
It's very rare to hear of someone who doesn't like Legend, so I went into this book with very high expectations. For the most part, those expectations are met.

Day and June both have very different stories. June, the prodigy of the Republic. Day, the fugitive that the Republic would do anything to capture. Legend is told from both their points of view, and for once, an author has done multiple POVs right. It's so easy to tell the difference between them, not only because of their actions but also because they think differently.

I love dystopians. Legend is probably one of the best ones I've read, but I can't help wondering how the Republic took over. What went wrong in our world that meant it had to change into their world? And I feel like we could have used more interest on the Patriots. All I really understood is that they're the enemies of the Republic. World-building is a really important aspect in dystopians to me, and too often the details of how the world came to be is skipped over.

The only other issue I really had - predictability. It was fairly easy to tell what's really happening with the Plague and June's brother. Considering that's the big issue in this book, I wish I could have been a little more surprised. I don't know how, but I still wish. :P

Still, I do think it was very easy to imagine the world they live in, which is definitely because of the way Lu writes. It's not complicated prose full of words I'll never understand, but it's not so simple that it's almost amateur. It's the perfect blend, and the imagery is great.

For once, just because I didn't connect with the characters didn't mean I didn't like them. I felt absolutely no connection to neither June or Day, but I still enjoyed reading from both their perspectives. I can't imagine ever being in any situation like theirs, so I can't imagine what I would be feeling like, therefore I found no connection. But June is hunting for her brother's killer, and Day is searching for a way to save his family. They're both completely and utterly brave, and I love that about them, regardless of the fact that I can't connect to them.

Overall: Legend is full of action and plenty of amazing characters - both main and secondary. While I feel some details were skimmed over, I think the ending was perfect and that I'll be right there with all the raving fans waiting for the next book. 4 stars.

~Zoey~

15 comments:

  1. i hope2 read it soon/ rad review

    you rock girl

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  2. I love this book! It was my favorite Christmas gift. > w <

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  3. I agree -- it's rare to find someone who didn't like this book. I'm kind of iffy on dystopians just because there are so many of them coming out. Is it just me, or dystopian becoming the new "vampire genre"?

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  4. I am completely with you on the raving reviews thing. It seems like everyone loves this book. I think I really do need to read it. Thanks for the great review! :)

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  5. I really loved this book. I actually listened to the audiobook, and the narrators were great. I would love to find time to actually read the book myself though, I feel like I would get more out of it. I am really looking forward to the next book. Awesome review!

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  6. I am desperate for the next book now. I really enjoyed this, too! Nice review, Zoey. :)

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  7. I have been curious about Legend for a while now. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. I have this book on my shelf right now but haven't gotten around to it yet. I've heard generally good things about this too but I'm going to try to go in without high expectations. I'm sorry you couldn't connect with the characters though. Great review!

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  9. Great review! I recently got it and absolutely loved it. I think it lived up to the hype and I'm looking forward to the sequel.

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  10. Honestly, I've never even heard of this book. I'll have to try it out! It sounds really good.

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  11. I really enjoyed this one. I do wish it had been longer, because there was SO much I wanted answered. I really hope this series only gets better. Overall a good read.

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  12. I really need to buy this book it looks so good.

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  13. Yay for Legend! I read and loved this book! I gave it four stars as well. I loved the double story throughout the book, but I found the climax and end predictable. Not that predictability is always a bad thing. I didn't mind as much as I usually wouls. I think that despite the fact that this book is another dystopia, I like this one more than, for example, Matched/Crossed by Ally Condie, Delirium/Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, XVI/Truth by Julia Karr, Birthmarked/Prized by Caragh O'Brien, and so on. Can't wait to read Prodigy! :)
    Thanks for the review!

    Alyssa Susanna

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