How did I get it?:
I bought it!
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 have wanted to read Legend for the longest time and it has been recommended to me by so many bloggers that I trust, I don’t know why it’s taken so long for me to get to, but hey… I’ve done it now. The only problem is now that I want to read the rest of the series ASAP…luckily for me, it’s all out and ready for me to marathon. See, THIS is why I wait for so long to read series (I’m trying to convince myself that I don’t fail as a reader for not reading this sooner…)
Legend is yet another dystopian young adult read. I say this as a dystopian young adult fan! I’m not knocking it. I did wonder if it would be any different to the others out there. It’s got a lot of similarities to other books, namely Divergent, but it’s not too similar that it’s a complete rip off. Legend is an incredible, engaging, quick read that I devoured.
Legend is told through two narratives, our kick-ass main characters Day and June. Both voices are clear, it’s never confusing to catch up with who is narrating. Their chapters are also handily in different fonts, which is always a nice touch. I loved Day and June. They are really smart characters and don’t need to rely on their looks, others or just luck. I love intelligent characters. I didn’t quite get on with them being so young. They seemed much more mature than fifteen, but that was only a slight niggle. Marie Lu has developed such an intriguing world and I felt it built nicely throughout. The government in are completely corrupt. It’s really quite disturbing how mean and violent they are.
There’s romance within the story, but I don’t feel like it’s at the forefront and for a book like Legend, that was absolutely fine for me. I was more interested in the storyline than the romance. Perhaps the romance will develop in later books… I’m yet to discover, but I’m intrigued to see how it turns out.
I was captivated from the start with this action-packed story. I can’t wait to read Prodigy to see how the story continues. This could be in the running for my favourite series read this year!
Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!