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.
Author: Marie Lu
Part of a Series: Yes. Legend #1
Release Date: November 29, 2011
Publisher: Penguin Putnam, Inc.
No. of Pages: 304 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Action, Fantasy
The Cover: I like the cover of this book. With the Republic symbol on the middle, this cover automatically shines “military” on it’s cover. Once you read the book, you can definitely confirm that the cover and the plot of this book actually matches. But for me it lacks some detail which I actually can’t point out. Hm. (4 out of 5 stars)
The Story: Much like other dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games and Divergent, Legend really is action-packed. Filled with thrilling events, this book didn’t disappoint. I read this book for three days, with pauses of course, and I just can’t get enough of it. I actually couldn’t put the book down. Literally. Each page made me intrigued while I waited with anticipation as to what was to happen next. I commend Marie Lu for such a stunning debut. (5 out of 5 stars)
The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* I wasn’t shocked at all that Day and June, protagonists of the story, made it out of Batalla Hall alive. I mean, come on. This is the first book of a trilogy. What should we expect, right? However, the way they got out was just so heart-wrenching. I just can’t believe John would die like that. I really had high hopes for him since the start of the book. But I liked the ending nonetheless. It was a good transition to the series’ second installment, Prodigy. (3.5 out of 5 stars)
The Verdict: Over-all, I really liked this book. Well, what can I say? I’m really a big fan of dystopian novels. No harm in that. And guys, I recommend you put this book on your TBR (to-be read) pile. I assure you that you won’t regret it. (4.17 out 5 stars)
“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.” – Daniel Wing
“You’re brilliant,”he says.”But you’re a fool to stay with someone like me.” I close my eyes at the touch of his hand.”Then we are both fools.”
“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.” – Metias Iparis