Thursday, December 8, 2011

Legend by Marie Lu

June Iparis is the Republic's golden girl, bound to graduate from high school at age fifteen and headed towards a bright career in the military until an incident takes the life of her older brother, Metias. Now she's dead set on bringing Day--the Republic's most wanted criminal--to justice and she'll do whatever it takes to avenge her brother. But Day isn't the criminal that the Republic makes him out to be and when circumstances bring the two of them together, they'll uncover a few of the Republic's secrets and then? Everything changes.

I've been excited about Legend for quite some time now (due in large part to Brodie over at Eleusinian Mysteries) and I started reading Legend a little unsure of what to expect. By now, I really should know to trust bloggers with similar tastes; it's really a rare day when I don't enjoy a book that they did. Having said that, I will tell you that I enjoyed Legend immensely and if you've been sitting on the fence about it, I'm going to nudge you towards reading it. Why? Well, let's see if my review can't help convince you, eh?

Think of Day as Robin Hood; he's kind, he's cunning, and his motives are his own--but definitely not bad. The Republic sees him as the enemy and the Colonies see him as a potentially important member--if he'd ever accept their offers, which he hasn't. On the other hand, June is like Sherlock Holmes; she's almost too smart for her own good and states everything like it's common sense. June is also highly observant and I'd say that her heart--and morals--are in the right place. Together, they're even more interesting than they are when apart and I really can't wait to see where the next book will take their relationship.

I'm secretly cursing Marie Lu right now because I really liked Metias' character! Seriously, I was devastated when he was killed off--even though I knew that it was coming. I certainly didn't hate Thomas at first either but as the story advances, you'll see why my opinion of him changed. I'm also not so secretly hoping that we get to see more of Anden in the next book too! I am completely guilty of crushing on him--just a little--after that brief scene with him in it.

If you're potentially concerned by the fact that the points of view alternate between June and Day, I'm letting you know now that it's really not an issue. Everything flows together really nicely and the plot continues to thicken, all the way until the end of Legend. Should you read Legend? Yes! I also happen to think that fans of Divergent by Veronica Roth will really enjoy Legend. So what are you waiting for? Go pick up a copy! ;)

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Legend by Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile, an imprint of Penguin Group
Release Date: November 29, 2011
Edition: Hardcover
* Purchased on my own.


  1. Haha I'm glad I helped spread the hype!! And that it lived up to your expectations, otherwise I'd have felt a little guilty... and then probably smacked you upside the head for not liking it :P

    Fantastic review!! I totally agree with everything you wrote and love how you describe Day and June as Robin Hood and Sherlock Holmes. And oh, Metias :(

  2. Oh! I just read this! It was REALLY good, and yeah, I thought the same thing: fans of Divergent will DEFINITELY love Legend! Also, if you haven't read Enclave by Ann Aguirre, I think you'd REALLY like that; it's very similar to Legend and Divergent, but good in its own way.

    Check out my book blog/follow me sometime!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...