Legend is the first of a trilogy. Set in a future where parts of the US have become The Republic, and others 'The Colonies' (and they are at war, plus the Republic is also facing a rebellion in its own borders), weather is extreme and society has become more structured, the haves and the have-nots more obvious. June Iparis is a prodigy - the only individual in the Republic to score perfectly on their trial which is used to determine what level education you receive and what jobs you are suited for. She is also an orphan. Early-on, she narrates her rebellious streak, her relationship with her beloved brother, and how wonderful and powerful and good the Republic is.
Then, there is Day. He narrates his life as one of the society's less fortunate. He's from a poor slum where life is hard, resources scarce, and plague a constant threat. He's supposed to be dead, failed his trial, and now, he's wanted for criminal activity - he likes to disrupt the Republic by bombing things, steal supplies, etc although he's never killed anyone.
When Day risks everything to save a family member, June hunts him - for personal reasons. As is typical of dystopian novels, she comes to learn that not everything she was taught is the truth. But, her conflict with Day is personal.
Both narrators are well-drawn, voices distinct enough. The action is tight and the novel moves along quickly, without extraneous plots of giant chunks of exposition explaining the history of the world. In fact, few details are known on the how or why, or even a complete picture of the current state of the world of Day and June. The focus is on the characters and the action. The theme and the connection to issues of today are clear, but not overdone - no long speeches or chapters of rumination on the meaning of it all. No big surprises or twists, but it also didn't feel contrived or unoriginal. And while the changing relationship between the two narratives is expected, it isn't overly angst-filled or focused on more than the plot or theme.
Legend is one of the better YA fantasy novels.
The narrator for the female character June was extremely lacking. I felt like the story line was probably interesting, just not in the way that it was told. If you're interested in this book or author, I suggest buying on Kindle or hardcopy, because although I love listening to books, I really did not enjoy this version.
This book was not bad. It doesn't compare to the Hunger Games,. The story is just ok and the characters are mildly interesting. The voice actor for June almost made me give up on this audio book. But I adjusted eventually. Still interested enough to read the next installment.
I will admit that the first half of the book, was good but not super exciting. However, by the middle of the book you learned a lot and it got very interesting. The whole time I was thinking about how this would make a great movie.
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Yes, the book was amazing. It was fast pace, interesting and well written. The author obviously spend some time on this gem. It was great. I loved this story and can't wait to start the next one.
They did a great job and at first I thought the female voice was going to be the death of me however, as you proceed with the book it wasn't noticeable. Great performance for the two of them.
The book was a little of everything. It kept you guessing and it was great. The end (without spoilers) I almost cried but then was overcome with relief and excitement to listen to the rest.
I purchase the next two books and plan on listening them non-stop. I loved this story. Worth the purchase.
Legend (and the entire Trilogy) is one of my favorites in the YA genre. I am not a huge fan of the narration- particularly when Mariel does male voices. It's inconsistent because sometimes there is a female narrator who will do Day's voice too and other times the male narrator does Day--- I wish they had just planned to stick with two narrators and not change that back and forth.
But other than that I enjoyed it. It's pretty classic dystopian society Romeo and Juliet type stuff. As with most young adult novels the main characters often have a somewhat whiney sounding inner dialogue that goes something like "does he REALLY like me or is he just using me?" However, in this series those annoying teenager thoughts are almost always immediately followed up with more mature inner dialogue such as "it's understandable that he is in a difficult situation here but I genuinely believe his emotions are real"
All of that above is just made up quotes
Regardless-- I did really like Legend and the entire series. Until recently it was my second favorite after Hunger Games (beating out both Divergent series and Maze Runner series). Red Rising has recently pushed this one into third place, but its definitely still worth a listen to.
It is in the top 10
A lot of comparisons could be drawn to Divergent or Hunger Games. Mostly the dystopian future will be why those comparisons would be made. Legend takes a different turn that I liked a lot better.
No I've never listened to either of them. That said I loved the tandem reading. There were two main Characters and the two narrators switched back and forth as each chapter was written from the perspective of a different protagonist.
Yes. I didn't think I would get into it but as I started to listen and really get into the pace of the story I didn't want to stop. The pacing of the book is so well done Marie Lu is a fantastic writer she does a great job of creating that "one more page" effect. An important trait among those who write young adult fiction.
Don't let the fact that you've already read the Hunger Games or Divergent keep you from reading this one. Legend surpasses both of them I believe.
I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.