Marie Lu – Legend


publisher: Penguin Books
published 2011
pages 295

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Los Angeles, California, Republic of America
He is Day, the boy who walks in the light.
She is June, the girl who seeks her brother’s killer.
On the run and undercover, they meet by chance. Irresistibly drawn together, neither knows the other’s past. But Day murdered June’s brother and she has sworn to avenge his death.

In (Very) Short:

+ first part of a trilogy, young adult dystopian novel
+ fast paced and plot driven
+ story is narrated in alternating points of view
+ teasing of bigger conspiracies within the world creation

My Opinion:

Legend by Marie Lu is the first part in yet another trilogy. After some heavy-duty theory reading, I needed something light and fast and predictable. Although it was (for me) light and fast, it was not as predictable as I thought it would be – apart from the love thing.

In a world were the plague is a constant threat and only the rich and wealthy are protected by vaccines, two very different characters collide. Both have grown up in different social circles, each brought up to different ideological believes. When June tries to find the person that killed her brother, she meets Day – the master criminal the whole country is after. While June tries to expedite information from Day, both discover that a lot more is going on behind closed doors of the government research facilities. (I don’t want to go into more detail when it comes to the plot since it could potentially spoil your reading.)

I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and very action driven. The two points of view from which the story is told – Day and June – add tension and also allow deeper character development in this plot driven novel.
The writing is fluent and Legend is set in an interesting world with a lot of secrets. Although the love relationship was predictable, the world creation is great and the secrets, that are teased, are so incredibly fascinating that I really have to continue this series. I like my little and my big conspiracies. I can’t wait to find out what the government is really doing and what is up next for the duo.

Bottom Line:

A fast paced book that is fun and entertaining, very plot driven, yet does not lack character development.


rating 4


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