Thursday, January 24, 2013

Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Title:  Legend
Author:  Marie Lu
Series:  Legend series #1
Genre:  YA Dystopian
Pages:  305

Rating:  A+

Synopsis from  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

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So much love for Legend!  From the opening line, "My mother thinks I'm dead" to the last sentence, I didn't want to put this book down.  I actually had to ask my mom to hide the book so that I wouldn't stay up late to finish it.

One of my favorite things was that the story was told by both the main characters- June & Day.  The book switched between both of them each chapter.  And to make each voice seem even more distinct, the fonts were different for the two characters.  June, the military agent, has a standard black font, neat and sharp.  Day, the rebel, gets a rounded yellow font.  It helped separate the voices, and it also added an extra little touch to their personalities.

The story has everything - romance, corrupt governments, fighting, plagues, friendship, family, secrets, rebellions, betrayal.  All of it was there, and all worked together to make an exciting story that kept me on the edge of my seat.

And the best part of all - the sequel, Prodigy, comes out on Tuesday!  A+

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