Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu
*TOP 10 OF 2012*
DESCRIPTION: “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.”
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (November 29, 2011)
RATING 4 STARS
I read Legend right after reading The Grey Wolf Throne. The two books complimented each other. It was really interesting, because I really like Han in the other series. Day is a similar character. He’s poor with a tormented past. He’s on his own and will do anything to survive. One difference is that Han seems to be a bit of an egoist while Day is still trying to act within his own moral code. Day hasn’t killed anyone.
And that’s what spurs this book. Although he’s caused the Republic lots of problems, he hasn’t killed anyone. Then one night things go horribly wrong and he’s accused of killing June’s brother. The story unfolds beautifully, not too fast, not too slow. We learn what happened to June’s family and the clues her brother left for her. June hunts Day with the intention of killing him. She’s the Republic’s golden child. She’s smart, cunning, and merciless. She’s the youngest solider and the smartest.
I LOVED this book. It was dark and intense, with reasons that resonated with the reader. You were routing for June and then hoping she’d fail, because you are routing for Day, too. Their two worlds collide and the story is just awesome! I can’t say enough about this book. It wasn’t on my short list of books because I hate the cover. Yeah, I’m a girl and it’s an ugly cover. Anyway, Legend is in my top 10 books read in 2012. So why’d I give it 4 stars?
Lemme explain. There is only one reason why I didn’t give it 5 fricken fab stars – the formatting. Printing things in bold, weird colors was a gimmick that this book did NOT need. Instead of lending to the book, these issues made Legend difficult to read from major headaches and eyestrain. Publisher of Legend, I have one thing to say to you: I hope you print the next book normal so I can read it. I completely hated the publisher’s guts while I was reading this book. Doing anything that makes it more difficult for a reader to read a book is STUPID. You might as well be shooting Chinese stars out of the pages at my eyeballs. Majorly annoyed about that.
To the author: Your book was so good, I endured the migraines to finish it.
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