Legend by Marie Lu


by Marie Lu

5 ***** = Highly reccomend; A Classic; Couldn’t get much better; Could read over and over again

I’m on a roll for finding good books to read. I’m also on a roll for finding books whose sequel doesn’t come out for a year.

I just finished a book that made me run faster, longer, and more often. Yes, a book can do that for you. I listened to “Legend” by Marie Lu and just couldn’t stop listening. As a result, my legs were in a constant state of fatigue for about a week.

Read at your own risk.

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. (Synopsis by Goodreads)

This book turned me into someone I didn’t want to be. I started wearing headphones in the grocery store just so I could keep listening. I pushed pause to check out, and then turned it right back on as soon as I was done. Needless to say it was a quiet week for me.

This book jumps back and forth between Day and June’s point of view. I’m generally not a fan of this, as I think it often comes off as choppy and non-committal. But in “Legend,” it was my favorite aspect of the book.

Lu masterfully covers just the right moments from June and Day’s perspective, allowing for perfect suspense and intrigue.

Plus, it puts the reader in a wonderful dilemma not often addressed in these dystopian novels. Who are the bad guys? Who do you root for? Can a good person be working for the bad (and when I say bad, I mean BAD) guys? There are no black and white lines in this book.

And then the book ends (very nicely, I might add). And then you realize that the next book won’t come out till next year. I tried to warn you.

The way I see it is this: you have two options. 1) Read it now and suffer along with me till January, 2013; or 2) Wait till January to read it. Whatever you do, read it.


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