Review of a fabulous Dystopian: Legend by Marie Lu

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’s 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.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

What another fabulous dystopian!  First of all I loved this book but when I went into it I had very high expectations.  I had people tell me it was their favorite dystopian of the year and that they liked it better then Shatter Me {impossible!}.  So I know I was expecting something to totally blow me away.  And did it?  Well, not quite.  Don’t get me wrong, I really liked it, but I wasn’t quite wanting to scream from the rooftops “read this book now or you’ll regret it!”  There wasn’t anything wrong with it, but it lacked that extra bit of oomph that would send my heart into a serious pitter patter.  There’s nothing specific to say I didn’t like even.  

The first half is slower, not slow, but slower.  I wasn’t bored and didn’t want to put it down.  I even read a couple chapters out loud and it was a fun one to read aloud.  Especially Day’s chapters.  He was my favorite voice of the two, but I liked June, just not quite as much.   Once I reached about the middle, maybe a bit before it really picked up and I almost read straight through from that point on.  It was quite intense {not Hunger Games intense, but still pretty intense} and the need to make sure everything turned out okay made me fly through the pages.

This is a quick read.  I read it quite fast even while on vacation with very little time to read.  It’s a fantastic idea for a world with good world building and a creative idea for a story.  I can’t wait to read the next one!

4/5 stars

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  1. I glad you liked this one. I have also heard that the beginning is a bit slow but it sounds like if you stick with it then you get a great story.

    Thanks for the great review, I’ve had this on my shelf for months and I really need to read it already. :)

  2. I started it but put it down…not because I didn’t like it but because I had other books I wanted to read more. I’m picking it back up this weekend!

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