Book View: Legend

Book View: LegendLegend by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Published by Putnam Juvenile on November 29th 2011
Pages: 305

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.

Short and Sweet:

Like most, I had a bunch of expectations for Legend. Dystopian. Love interests on opposing sides, a real Romeo and Juliet feel. Plus a few other elements that had me intrigued. From the beginning, I was not exactly sure what I was getting from Legend. The beginning was a bit slow. The plot seemed, at times, to take forever to just get the main story going. But once the action really started, I was sold!

June and Day, our main characters, are a great foil to each other. The strict, by-the-book June definitely found her match in go-with-the-flow Day. These two characters had plenty of chemistry, and I loved following them as they grew into their own. Pairing with the wonderful characters, the action scenes, once they finally started, made the book a page-turner.

Final Verdict:
Legend, I was happy to discover, contains many more secrets than just our couple trying to make their romance survive. Government biological experimentations. Rebellion. Mysterious miltiary comings and goings. Plenty of layers to this tale to keep me on my toes.


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