Monday, November 2, 2015

WRI Reviews: Legend by Marie Lu

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Legend by Marie Lu
Source: Public Library
Format: ePub

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.

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My Review
It took awhile for me to get into this book. It was so slow moving for me. I kept going because I heard many good things about this series. I figured that it had to pick up. It did.

Both characters generalize and have disdain for the lives of the other. It is more obvious with June sense  a lot of the thoughts about the poor was verbalized. Not only was she rich but being a prodigy made her cocky. I didn't care for her at all. She was a brat.

Day, on the other hand, I liked right away. He's smart and caring. He was given a raw deal but managed not to give up. He was a fighter. The reveal about him surprised me but it didn't, you know what I mean? It was clear that he's intelligent. But I thought that it would be reveal that he failed the "Trials" because he doesn't test well. The real reason was a doozy. It was never explained why Day was singled out. I suspect that June had it right. The way answered  certain questions must have pegged him as someone who would question what he was told. He was a rebel and they knew it. Ha! He was like the saying 'too smart for his own good.'

I'm glad I finally got around to reading this book. I look forward to reading the next two. If you haven't read it yet, the hype is justified. Good out and grab you a copy. Until next time...Happy Reading!

About the Author
Marie Lu is the art director at Online Alchemy, a video game company, and also owns the children’s brand Fuzz Academy. She was first inspired to write Legend while watching Les Miserables one afternoon, and wondered how the relationship between a famous criminal vs. a prodigious detective might translate into a more modern story. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2006 and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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