Sunday, November 20, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Legend by Marie Lu

By: Marie Lu
Pub. Date: November 29, 2011
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pages: 336
Source: ARC from publisher
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.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

I did not have high expectations for Legend. It looked good, but I didn't think it was going to be as awesome and amazing as it was! I loved everything about it. I wanted to read it again as soon as I finished it!

Legend is told through two different POV-June and Day. June's character took me a little while to get used too. She 100% believes in her Republic. She thinks everything they do is really for the people. She is a soldier who never knew what it was like to be poor. She is the complete opposite of Day. Day is the most wanted man in the Republic.  He is also the most feared. But really, he isn't bad at all. He hates the government and wants to piss them off. He wants to provide for his family, who thinks he is dead, and help other poor people like his family. I loved Day from the very first page. There was such a goodness about him that was very commendable with everything he has been through.

I wonder if the second book in the series is going to be about overthrowing the government, but I liked that this one wasn't about that. Legend was a perfect introduction to the world and the characters. The place where June and Day live is a very scary place.

Dystopian is not my favorite genre, mainly because it scares me, but I love the world that Marie Lu created.  I also love the simplicity of the cover and I think it worked really well with the story.

Legend is a debut that is not to be missed! It was everything that I could want in a story. I am very much looking forward to the second one!

Since I loved Legend so much and I have an extra copy of it, I want to give one away. 



  1. I wasn't too sure about this one, but I've been reading rave reviews and I'm really curious about it now. Great review! I'm going to put this one on my wish list.

  2. Thanks for the giveaway!This book looks really great. I'm not a huge fan of dystopian either, but your review makes me really want to read it.

  3. Thanks so much for the giveaway Kristina! This book sounds like it's going to be amazing. Thanks for the great review. :)

  4. I love dystopian books, but this one at first looked a bit like it had a repetitive theme to it for some reason. Now that I know it had two POV's, I am probably going to read it, as I haven't read too many books like that. Day is such a cool name, don't you think? It has a subtle whimsical quality to it. One of the reasons I like dystopia is because they always have creative and unusual names for the characters. Thanks for the generous giveaway as well!

  5. I haven't had high expectations for this one, either, but I'm cautiously optimistic if you liked it despite that! I'll have to check it out. Thanks so much for the giveaway! (I'm a new follower - stumbled upon your blog through IMM and I love it!)

  6. This book was so amazing! It's definitely one of my favorite dystopian books. Glad to see you enjoyed it as much as I did. Great review!


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