Monday, July 16, 2012

Review of Legend by Marie Lu

Title: Legend
Author: Marie Lu
Narrators: Mariel Stern and Steven Kaplan
Published by: Penguin Audio
Length: 7 CDs, 9 hours
Source: Library
Format: Audio
Rating: 3.5 stars

Summary from Goodreads:  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.

I love stories that are told in alternating points of view.  There is something about knowing both sides of the story that I find extremely intriguing and it gives me a better understanding of who the characters are.

Marie Lu wrote her characters with much depth and personality. Day and June are two characters that will instantly make an impression on you.  Even though Day is a criminal, the first time you meet him you'll know that he isn't a bad person.  He is strong and self-sufficient.  The government may have cast him aside, but he's not working to take them down, instead he's just trying to keep his family safe.  June on the other hand, starts off as a government prodigy who believes in organization and structure.  She's smart, lethal and is out to hunt down Day.  Girl out to kill cute boy...always a favorite storyline in my book.

Dystopian novels are known for their world building.  Legend was no different.  There is a central government who controls it all and there are rebels trying to overthrow them.  While I did enjoy this part of the novel I didn't feel like there was anything that set this world apart from the other Dystopian novels.  I would have liked to see a more unique world. 

The narrators did a wonderful job.  I loved Stephan Kaplan interpretation of Day.  His voice was soothing and smooth.  I think he made Day's personality stand out and gave us the impression he wasn't one of the "bad guys." At first I wasn't sure about Mariel Stearn who read the part of June, but after a while her voice grew on me.  Her pitch seemed kind of young for how advanced June was suppose to be, but then it helped to remind me that June herself was fairly young. 

If you are a fan of Dystopian I would try Legend; especially because the alternating POVs adds so much to the story. 


  1. I loved these characters too -- that's what made this one special. The world was OK, nothing too different, but I still thought it was exciting. Can't wait for Prodigy!

  2. I've heard such good things about this one. I almost got it at the library but when I got to the desk to check it out they told me it had been put on hold and in the wrong place. :( I was so close.

  3. I read this one recently and I really loved it. There was just something about it that clicked with me! I'm really hoping the world gets fleshed out more in book 2. But still, I really enjoyed this one and I'm glad you did too!

  4. I love the classics and I don't know the Alexandria Quartet. It's always fun to find new books but it's extra impressive (for me anyways) when they are classics! Thanks for this list and stopping by ours!

  5. Great review, I still have to read this one. I'm hoping to get to it this summer. +New GFC follower!
    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages


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