Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review: Legend

Author: Marie Lu
Publish date: 2011
Source: Library
"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."

This is another one of those books that slipped under the radar for me when it came out, even though it sounds like something I would love. I am a big dystopian fan and have been reading as many of them as I can. Legend is another great one, but I didn't like it as much as others like Delirium and Divergent.

One aspect of Legend that I really liked was the dual narrator format. The point of view switches between Day and June every chapter, which gave a glimpse into what each character was going through. I thought the format worked really well for most of the book, although I do wish their voices had been more different. The font type and color helped though.

The plot itself was fairly predictable, but still fun to read. It's not a very long book, which I counted as a plus. Ms. Lu was straight to the point in her writing and included lots of action scenes, which were exciting to read. That said, the fighting and knowledge that the characters displayed throughout the book made them seem much older than 15. As I was reading, I imagined them more around 17-18.

Although not my favorite dystopian, I still enjoyed Legend and look forward to its sequel.

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