Sunday, January 15, 2012

Book Review - Legend

by Marie Lu

Hardcover305 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Putnam Juvenile
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' 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. (Goodreads summary)

Legend. I liked it. I really, really liked it. 

Sometimes, it is so great to read a book that you have absolutely no expectations for. It gives a freedom to open the pages and just let the story and characters define themselves. I didn't know what to expect from this book and what I found was really enjoyable. And really addicting. It is a quick paced story that has you hooked from chapter one. It never lags, leaving no place to put it down. 

Written in two perspectives, we are given two sides of the story. They are equally captivating and endearing.

Day is a young boy wanted for creating havoc in the republic and for breaking unfair laws. He is sweet, caring and a trouble maker. His love for his family guides all of his actions and it gives him the best reason to fight and struggle against the society. He is just awesome. Deft and capable, he is a menace to society that makes you root for his success. June is a prodigy. She is smart, honorable and a fighter. Unlike Day, she supports the Republic. But like Day, her actions are defined by her love for her family. 

As a fan of dystopians, this book definitely satisfies. The writing is technical and controlled. It is not filled with poetic language but analytical and scientific, appropriate for the story that is told. The characters are believable and either appropriately likable or hatable. Marie Lu said that Legend is a modern day take on the story of Les Miserables. The story of when a righteous person meets a notorious criminal and the relationship that exists between the two in an unfair world. 

Overall -- a very enjoyable, fast, and fascinating book. 

(Rating: 4/5)

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