The Compulsive Reader: Legend by Marie Lu

Monday, December 26, 2011

Legend by Marie Lu

On the surface, Day and June appear to be complete opposites. Day is wanted by the Republic for his criminal acts and June is a military prodigy. When June's brother is murdered and Day is the only suspect, June is promoted and tasked to hunt him down when no one else has been able to do so. She doesn't stop to think about why she has been assigned to the task or how the evidence doesn't match up until she's gotten close enough to hand Day in. Only then does June realize that someone else has been playing them both.

Marie Lu's debut novel will definitely appeal to readers of all sorts who are fans of the dystopia trend in books now. Legend is a well written, action-driven book that never slows down. The dual perspectives help to keep things exciting and the different personalities of Day and June will help reach a lot of readers. The characters do seem a little young and not quite as brilliant as they're made out to be by other characters, but there's no denying the cleverness of the plot, missions, or escapes. Lu does a great job at drawing out suspense with a constant race against time; Day must find a cure for the disease his brother is plagued with before it's too late, and June must decide which side she stands on before any freedom of choice is taken away from her. The bigger picture of the government's conflict with the eastern Colonies is a little vague, but it will hopefully be an issue that is expounded upon more in the second book. Legend is an absorbing and smart read and a good choice for those who want something to read after The Hunger Games, but it doesn't surpass it.

Cover Comments: I like the silver and gold of the cover, though the isignia doesn't really have any significance within the book--it just looks cool. This cover seems to be trying to imitate other big dystopian sellers like The Hunger Games and Divergent, so I'm not really impressed.

I would definitely recommend buying this one in print over e-book--the insides are gorgeous and have a lot of cool details with gold and silver ink.

ARC provided by publisher.


Christina T said...

Nice review! I am glad that you found Legend to be well written as I will be reading it soon. I don't think I will like it more than Divergent or The Hunger Games but it does sound really good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it! If I buy it (I checked it out from the library) I will definitely get the print version instead of the e-book.

Sophia said...

My friend recommended this book to me and I've been interested in it. I've heard really great things about it. Based on your review, I guess I should pick up a copy! Thanks for your review. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review. I've read both positive and negative things about this book.
I like the cover too! It's nice the way it's simple.

Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

I loved this one when I read it. I did have a lot of questions on the issues with the colonies, but since this was the beginning I believe that a lot of the questions will be answered in the upcoming books. Great review!


LinWash said...

I bought this one in hard copy, rather than for the Kindle. It's definitely worth reading!