Book Review : Legend by Marie Lu
The Republic is at war with its neighbors, the Colonies. Within the Republic, the government dictates each person’s life which is determined by their score at the Trial. June, is the first to ever receive a perfect score. Even though she is only fifteen, the military enlists her help to capture the most wanted criminal and the killer of her brother.
Day is not in the Republic’s data base though he was born in the slums of the Lake Sector. Day scavenges to find food and money to help his family, and provokes the government.
As June and Day’s paths cross their beliefs and self-evident truths are challenged. However, the truth endangers their lives.
Adult Point of View
Marie Lu is an author that I will watch and look forward to seeing her grow as a writer. In Legend, her first published novel, her writing is interesting, the ideas fun to explore and the characters are engaging. I didn’t feel like there were huge plot twists, but everything made sense in the world she had created and there were not raw, loose ends. One of my favorite moments was when we learned that Day’s necklace held a coin minted prior to the United States splitting up into the rivalries of the Republic and the Colonies. I am interested to find out more about the Colonies in the next novel. I am wondering if they are corrupt through apathy and their apparent wealth.
Even though there have been so many dystopian novels recently Legend is unique and is not a love triangle (hooray!). The most similar novel to Legend would be Divergent written by Veronica Roth. Fans of Matched by Ally Conde and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins should also enjoy Legend.
3 out of 5 stars
– the Mother
Teen Point of View
I liked the character Day because he was a punk. I didn’t like June’s character because she was too prissy. I thought the plot was too simple, it needed to be more complicated. It didn’t really go anywhere. Day was a fugitive and then he got caught. End of story.
I think other people will like the book.
2.75 out of 5 stars
– the Teen, who actually decided to read this book. HOORAY!
I would recommend you try books by Cinda Williams Chima, like the Seven Realms series and try Cast of Stones, A The Staff and the Sword series by Patrick W. Carr.