Review: ‘Legend’ by Marie Lu

Review: ‘Legend’ by Marie LuLegend by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Published by Putnam Juvenile on November 29th, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 305
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought in-store
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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Day and June, two teenagers on the completely different sides of the government. One, a rebel living in the slums, creating chaos for the government. The other, a rich and privileged teenager with the makings of being an agent.

The book is unique just because when you are reading Day’s point of view, the typeface and color is set differently than June’s chapters. I thought that was quite unique and beautiful for a book.

Another Dystopian tale, yes I love this genre. Why? Because there’s always a common enemy, and there’s action and loss thrown in with romance. Ahh the romance. What could possibly be going through these character’s heads when their life is on the line? When there’s no hope? Yet they fall in love in the most unlikely of environments and I love it.

The pacing is on point with just enough cliffhangers to keep you from turning the page. The mystery involving the Republic is what kept me from putting the book down. I needed to know what happened next and I couldn’t stop reading!



When I look to my side, I see a boy holding out his hand to me. He has bright blue eyes, dirt on his face, and a beat-up old cap on, and at this moment on, I think j he might be the most beautiful boy I’ve ever seen. (109)
She’s pretty in a way that distracts me just like she did in the Skiz ring. No, pretty’s not the right word. Beautiful. (113)
You and I may have the same enemy. And they’ve pitted us against each other. (231)
You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time. (304)





  1. Gracie

    October 19, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    I so want to read this book

  2. fatma shahin

    August 21, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    REally enjoyed this book! you cant help but feel for the characters and everything theyve been through. June reminds me of sherlock 😛
    PS: Prodigy is really good 😉

  3. fatma shahin

    August 21, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    LOVED this book! The dual POVs are used so well in this book and you cant help but feel for Day and what he’s been through. PS: prodigy is REALLY GOOD too 😉

  4. FJ

    June 27, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    I hope I’ll love this book like you 🙂

  5. Elizabeth

    May 15, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Even though the ending fell a little flat for me, I loved Day and June and their chemistry!

  6. Monica C.

    January 16, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    Hmm I have heard a lot about this book. Hopefully I will be able to read it soon and will know if we share the same opinion about it.

  7. Grace Lo

    October 8, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    I LOVE this book! I thought that the typeface was so cool. I think the only book I’ve read with different coloured letters is the Shiver trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater. It just looks so pretty!
    I also like the alternating PoVs, since I get to watch the world from the Republic’s pampered prodigy as well as its most wanted.

  8. nadhirah

    April 1, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    i think, i’m the only one who doesn’t like the typeface and color of Day’s chapters. i found it a bit disturbing (uh well, my eyes) and maybe, i’m just so used to reading black & white pages? but i admit, the pages are pretty 😀

    same here! the republic thingy is so mysterious that i can’t let myself putting away the book! (and because i really like reading from Day’s view XD)

    ohh…the pacing is quite slow for me but as you said, just enough to keep you from turning the page =)

    great review!

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