Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Release date: November 29, 2011

Pages: 336

Summary: Day is the Republic’s most wanted criminal. He commits crimes that disturb the peace and upset the government’s totalitarian control, but he never takes any lives.

June is the Republic’s golden girl. She got a perfect score on her Trial, making her the best candidate for a military position—and also the best person to find and capture Day. Though Day and June are bitter enemies, they might just find that they have a common enemy…

My thoughts: Legend is a gripping, moving, and thoroughly enjoyable tale of political intrigue and adventure. This book inspired me to write my essay for you. The dual narrative offers two very different perspectives on the same story, and it’s up to the reader to decide whose side they want to take. The distinctions between the narratives of Day and June are subtle, but Lu is very successful in writing through both the male and female teen perspective. Marie Lu’s writing is engaging, and she knows how to grasp her readers’ attention. With every turn of the page, there is something that makes you never want to leave the world of Legend—it’s just that absorbing. The words jump right off the page and into your brain. Legend would make an excellent movie, I think.

Legend’s shining aspect is not the fast-paced, engaging story—it’s the characters. Day and June may not quite read like they’re fifteen (an age awfully young for a protagonist in dystopian in YA), but they’re totally and completely lovable. Day is an underdog with great intentions, so he’s the easiest to warm to. June, on the other hand, is at first a bit rigid, but she opens up throughout the course of the novel. Together, Day and June are absolutely fantastic. There is a bit of romance in this story, but I felt as if it was almost unnecessary. The bond between the two grows very strong, and their friendship is actually sweeter than their first kiss.

The world-building in Legend at first seems a bit simple, but later it’s revealed to be so much more. The ways in which Marie Lu doles out hints to the true intentions of the government is absolutely perfect, and the reader is never left hanging for too long. The ways in which the Republic operates is fascinating, and every move they make, while horrifying, makes a sickening sort of sense.

Legend is a dystopian story not to be missed! It takes the genre to a whole new level with its stellar characters and complex world. The fast pace will hook readers instantly, and the dual perspectives will appeal to both guys and girls. If you’re looking for a thoroughly enjoyable read, Legend has you covered.

4.5/5 stars