Review: Legend by Marie Lu




From different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths…

Until June’s brother is murdered, and Day becomes the prime suspect.

In a shocking turn of events, the two uncover what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths to which their country will go to keep its secrets.

Title: Legend
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Number of Pages: 305
Publishing Date: Nov. 29th, 2011

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My best friend, Lily, and I seem to be creating a trend of recommending amazing/emotionally distressing trilogies to each other. I’ve recommended trilogies like Shatter Me, The Selection, and Delirium. She recommended Legend. And, once again, I’m extremely grateful that she’s my friend. Without her, I wouldn’t be finding such amazing books to read.

Legend took me by surprise. I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone this year and reading more dystopian books than ever before. I hadn’t heard much about this trilogy before; I know who Marie Lu is, but only because of her latest series The Young Elites. Now, after reading the first book in the Legend trilogy, I have a feeling that it’s very underrated, because this book was insanely amazing.

The writing style of this book was brilliant. The plot was magnificent. There were just enough plot twists to grasp my attention throughout the entire novel. I adored the two main characters, Day and June. Overall, I was extremely impressed and I need to get to my local bookstore ASAP to get the next two books.

The rest of this review contains spoilers!

The plot of Legend is gripping with many twists and turns along the way. As soon as I read through one chapter, I found myself trying to predict what was going to happen next, only to be taken by surprise by one of the many plot twists.

I love whenever books venture into the ‘forbidden love’ aspect of relationships, and I really liked how June and Day came from such opposite lives, but they were the same in many ways. I found their relationship really cute but it wasn’t too fast or too slow, which was nice to see in a YA dystopian novel. (*adds this OTP to my list of fictional OTPs*)

All of the secrets that June found out throughout the novel were really surprising and I didn’t expect a lot of the different plot twists. From who really killed her brother to the huge government plague conspiracy, the secrets that June discovered were unexpected and they were extremely well thought out and executed perfectly throughout the novel.

The ending was so good and it left me on a huge cliffhanger, so I’m extremely anxious to go to the bookstore and get the next two books soon!

I really loved June’s character. She’s strong, intelligent, and extremely loyal. I liked that June was so adamant for justice and when she found out that Day was innocent, she immediately wanted to find a way to help him. It just showed how loyal, kind, and forgiving her character was. I love it when protagonists are the type that help the innocent and do what they can to help others, and June was definitely one of those protagonists.

“Day leans in toward me. He reaches up to touch my face. I can tell it still hurts him to use his fingers, and his nails are dark with dried blood. “You’re brilliant,” he says. “But you’re a fool to stay with someone like me.”
I close my eyes at the touch of his hand. “Then we’re both fools.”

Day was probably my favorite character in the novel. He was so caring for his family and for others. Like June, he was extremely intelligent and strong. He was involved in so many action-packed scenes and, while they made me extremely anxious, the action that was involved made me appreciate Day and his amazing-semi-ninja-action-skills even more.

“My mother used to hope that I would rise up from my humble roots. Become someone successful, or even famous. I’m famous all right, but I don’t think it’s what she had in mind.”

I loved Tess’ character and I really hope she appears more in the next novel. June’s brother Metias was, from what we got to see of him, a really great character and I wish he would’ve been around longer because his character seemed really complex and interesting. I didn’t like Thomas’s character from the beginning and the more he talked and the more that he did just made me dislike him more.

Marie Lu’s writing style in Legend was captivating. The action sequences kept me on the edge of my seat and it felt like I was watching all of these action-packed scenes unfold right before my eyes . She wrote the dual perspectives of June and Day so well that I could always tell whose point of view I was reading from. The author created a world that was so vivid and descriptive that I could always picture the book’s setting in my mind as I read through the story. Marie Lu’s writing is beautiful and I look forward to reading the rest of the Legend series as well as her other books.

Overall, I absolutely loved this novel. It left me breathless, anxious, and as soon as I finished the story, I wanted more. The characters were great and they had amazing qualities to them. The plot was gripping and enticing, and it had so much to it that I just know that there’s a lot more to the story that will be explained in the next two books. I really, really enjoyed this book and I’m definitely looking forward to reading the rest of this action-packed series!

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”

4 Stars

Have any of you read Legend? What are your thoughts on it? Comment them below!



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