Legend by Marie Lu is an adventure, mystery, romance book which begins a series. It is told in a first-person point-of-view from two different characters: Day and June. Day is a criminal living on the streets, while Day is a academic and athletic prodigy at Drake University. In this dystopian city, what you can hold truth to is very minimal.
A Synopsis From the Book:
“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.”
This book was apart of 2015’s Booktube-A-Thon reading list that I did not have a chance to read. With all of the time the summer has provided, I completed reading the book. Now to share the non-spoiler review:
I would give this book a 4/5
I enjoyed the different and independent voices for the point-of-view. This technique gave the audience a more robust understanding of plot, character-relationships, motivations, etc. I would say that Marie Lu did a exceptional job in this way.
The relationship between June and Day developed naturally and realistically throughout the entire book. These two characters brought
The ending of the book is quite unpredictable, which is a pleasenty.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the adventure, mystery, and romance genres. I believe this book is best suited for those around the ages of 12-25. It is truly a Young Adult Novel, but would be a good read to those younger and older.
If you are struggling to find motivation to get back into reading, I recommend this book to you. It will make you want to read again! (It for sure re-inspired me!))
//SPOILER SECTION AHEAD, TURN BACK NOW//
If you have read this book, please, continue on. You don’t want to ruin it for yourself!
In the climax of the book, when it is time for June to try and help Day escape, I was disappointed by the lack of understanding I was left with due to the “jumpiness” of the writing.
Thomas, Metias’s killer, pulled June away because she was under investigation. With little writing between events, then June is with John and Day escaping. The author could’ve added more detail in the transitioning scenes (like in the corridor or how she go from Place 1 to Place 2).
The positive of this writing style in the scene is that you stay intrigued, reading at a fast pace–the short simple sentences helping. The downside to this, is what I stated before: a lack of understanding.
By the end of the book, one of my questions was still left unanswered by the author: Why did the Republic experiment on Day but not on June? I obviously still have some ideas of why, but the book never explicitly said why.
I hope you consider reading this adventurous book,