Monday, October 14, 2013

review: LEGEND by Marie Lu

LEGEND by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Penguin: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Released: November 29, 2011
Source: BEA
Page Count: 320

Rating: Liked it

Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a military prodigy committed to her country.

Born into the slums of the Republic's Lake Sector, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal.

From 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.

Now, caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival while June tries desperately 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 to which their country will go to keep its secrets.

My Thoughts

Legend has had a lot of hype, and even outlets that are not exclusively bookish have gotten in on the action. I have heard about this book everywhere. Honestly, though, it did not live up to the hype.

The best thing going for Legend is that it is fast-paced enough to keep your attention. The storyline switches between Day and June, which is easy enough to keep track of because the font type and color also change with the characters. (Of course, the gold is a little hard to read, but if you could handle the colors in Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver series, you should be fine.)

However, this still does not distract from the fact that the world-building is flimsy at best and there is little to no explanation - or even speculation - as to how things became the way they are today. The characters are rather bland, and I felt no attachment to them. Sure, I'd feel bad if something terrible happened to them, but I'm not going to be disappointed if I never follow up on the rest of the series to find out what happens to them.

If you're a big fan of dystopian books and are willing to look past this book's faults simply to enjoy it for the genre, then, by all means, pick it up. Otherwise, pick up something better like Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Eve by Anna Carey, or Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.

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