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Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1) by Marie Lu
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia
Short reaction: Unique dystopian story and a nice alternating POV with a hint of mystery!
Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis

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.

My Review

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I’ve got a lot of firsts haha! This time, I gave chance to a new genre that I haven’t ever read since childhood and it’s dystopia or a genre that talks about post apocalypse or any event that happened in a futuristic setting e.g. new America after a plague, world wars or division between rich and poor. While this is the first dystopian story I read, Legend is yet one of the best books around! My review will prove it:

Upon finishing, I realized why the title was called Legend. It’s not like in any myths we’ve learned in elementary about how a fruit or tree has sprouted from something out of nowhere but it’s quite relevant in a way that June and Day, the two protagonists here, created their own legends dominant enough for the Republic and even the Patriots and Colonies to notice – June went to her first mission as an agent in Commander Jamesons’ patrol and hunted the Republic’s most wanted criminal Daniel Altan Wing while Day himself, was often able to strategically create destructions to the police, trick and leave no signs then he’s nowhere to be found again. Both Day and June were young (15 years old) and having these strange abilities at such young age was evident that they’re both born different. Gifted.

Next thing I noticed is the style of storytelling. This novel shared two different-yet-related stories (life of Day and life of June) and I actually enjoyed how it’s written this way in first person while stories were short between chapters and straight to the point. This was hardly a book you can put down. First I was eager to learn from various sides of their lives and second, I was thrilled realizing that these two were actually in the same setting – just different scenarios.

June is from a wealthy family and Day lives in slums but having this sort of distance made their communities grit their teeth against each other. Most of the people who belong to the Republic are the wealthy who passed the Trial, studied at prestigious universities such as Drake and are able to join the military force while the poor barely pass Trial and get educational support so they end up robbing money, food and medicines from the Republic and worst, they’re the ones who get afflicted by the plagues.

The conflict of the story made June and Day’s destinies meet as June started hunting Day and Day continued to hide while still protecting his family in the shadows. It seemed obvious to expect that two protagonists would face and fight each other in the end but still, the creativity made me adore it more. It also got my attention right from discovering its mysteries.

I haven’t read as much mystery or psychological thriller novels as yet but I’ve watched a good number of it and I could say I’ve always been hooked by this stuff. For instance, losing Metias in the scene pinched my heart that I couldn’t help but cry from June’s memories of her brother but good thing his death actually made things “work” better as June unfolded a lot of secrets behind the Republic and most importantly, her proud State and Country.

Lastly, I both liked Day and June’s characters and how fierce fighters they were but in my opinion, Day stood out more. The reason was that Day had no special training whatsoever than what June had but still, he made it clear that he actually knew what he’s doing just as June from how he’s done his escapes from the military so agile that they weren’t able to touch and recognize him through his years of hiding. His lack of wealth made him stronger and persistent than any others. More hopeful.

“Day” Altan Wing: Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.

June though still made it on par with my other fave heroine Katniss from Hunger Games (only watched the film though). Young fighters rock! June’s a genius and school bored her so she kept on challenging herself even if it gets her into BIG trouble.

I highly recommend this novel! 🙂

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