Book: Legend by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Date Published: November 29th, 2011
Date Started: April 28th, 2013
Date Finished: January 11, 2015
Other Books Reviewed: The Young Elites
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.
So let me start off by addressing the amount of time it took me to read this book. I first picked up this book in 2013 when I first bought it. I would have read it all in one sitting except for the fact that my thesis was due in two weeks. I got so caught up in trying to graduate that I had to put the book down. Life just got in the way! Later on, I decided to pick it up again last year, and then I got busy again. I’ve been reading little bits and pieces since then and then today I finally decided to just sit down and just finish it!
This book is a dystopian of sorts. We’re introduced to two different characters. Day and June. Both comes from different parts of society. June is a military prodigy. She scored a perfect on her trials and outperforms in every aspect. Day is a criminal. He’s the most wanted man in the Republic, which was once the western part of the United States. Their worlds collide when Day’s brother gets sick with the plague thats been killing people left and right. He breaks into a hospital to get a cure, but is unsuccessful. June’s brother, who is a leader in the military, is there at the scene and ends up dead. Day is blamed for the death and June seeks out her revenge. But together, they may discover the real truth.
I’m not going to lie. I was really excited about this book. The cover looks awesome, the font inside the book is really stylized, and I was hooked on the synopsis. But once I started reading it, I think I found it difficult to keep me hooked. I found myself sometimes thinking of other things while reading it and have no clue what I just read. I think at some point in the book it became really apparent what was going to happen and how it was going to happen. After that, I wasn’t that interested anymore. I think what happened in this story for me was that I needed details. Things seemed to just line up one after another and so it became simplistic. The real question is, was it too simplistic?
While finding June’s brother’s death was important, I was more interested in the fact that these two main characters were basically the same, but just dealt with different hands. Theres a conspiracy building in the story, and I was a bit disappointed in the fact that it wasn’t really explored in the book. Its one of those things that you know is going to be in the sequels.
One thing I’m glad about is the romance aspect. I was glad for the simplicity of this. Its become a sort common thing where romances can completely take over the story. Day and June know nothing about each other and barely spend time together. They admit to something being there, and seem willing to explore it. But it didn’t cloud what was going on. They had their priorities. It made me start thinking. How in the hell do some of these people have time to fall in love? I feel like things get so intense and yet there they are falling in love with each other. Am I the only one on this?
Because this is Lu’s debut novel, I’m willing to give the rest of the series a chance. I’ve read Lu’s other book, The Young Elites and loved that one. I think maybe reading that one before I got to the end of Legend may have set up some expectations for me. But since I know her writing gets better in Young Elites, I’m willing to bet that the rest of the series gets better as well.