Monday, December 26, 2011
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.