Great writing and idea but this book left me wanting more. You get so attached to the main character, Jonas and his growth and struggles throughout the book that until it ends you don't even realize how much you were invested in the story. It pulls you into a society where sameness is promoted so people can be happy. People are happy in this society because it is all they know, they believe that this is how they are supposed to live, without color, love, knowledge and other important things. When Jonas is proclaimed the next "giver" and starts his training to receive/hold memories of joy and pain, he tries to get used to the idea that this will be his job, to hold knowledge and memories that the rest of society cannot bare. It is then that he starts to make choices and devise a plan of his own. By the end of the book I was left upset because it ends abruptly and mysteriously.
I liked this book more than I liked the original. In this book the MC developed and became a stronger character. I was tired of her whining in the first book about the cure and the disease and in this book she stood for something and really grew into an independent thinker who had full opinions about the cure and the disease of love. This growing character made me want anxious for book 3.
I got this book on sale and I'm glad I did. I watched the movie Jumper (never read the book) and I loved it. However as the sequel to Jumper it was boring. To me there wasn't enough action and it seemed as though Davey was tortured throughout the whole book while Millie was distraught and searching for him. To me there needed to be more meat to the plot. A few good things to say: I liked the character and story development. But overall the sequel fell short.
I like the idea of love being a disease that is outlawed. However this book is truly a setup for the series. I say this because the plot was slow moving and drawn out and there was a lot of explaining and discussing the disease of love. It was like beat me over the head with the concept why don't you. Needless to say, I didn't like that approach to introducing the series since the concept is easily understood. Worth reading though to get on with what I think overall is a good series (based on 2nd book).
I expected more with a title like, Legend. The characters were underdeveloped and unbelievable, how did Day and June get so good at what they do was a reoccurring question for me. I think if you are going to make extraordinary human characters then you must give them more background and reasons why they are different than the average person. The story unraveled well with the different characters telling it from their points of view but the romance seemed to slow and then to fast, it was underdeveloped. Legend belongs in the same category as all the other dystopian novels that came out after Hunger Games that try at something great but fall short.
I choose this book because the idea sounded cool. Technically, the author did a good job in describing how a space ship and space would be, giving the reader a clear image of what this would look like. The writing was also good as well. What fell short was the religious themes strung throughout this book which were also balanced by the good and evil theme. I like to know what I am getting myself into before I read (don't mind surprises of course), with that being said I wish this book was re-categorized. It should be categorized as YA Religious if there is a such category because to me it was a YA "wolf" in "sheep's" clothing. It had what YA readers yearn for, a star-crossed romance and some adventure and mystery along the way but the overall theme was about religion. I'd rather steer clear of that theme when I'm reading for entertainment purposes. But if you don't mind the theme and sequels that I've heard get even deeper into religion, then go for it, it's an okay read. Now you have been warned...
I thought this story would be better, with the amount of books I saw the author had written however I felt once I got into the story I was wanting there to be more of a romance between the two characters. So the two main characters meet and are together for a purpose, they hate each other but begin to love each other and then bang they realize they are in love and I'm wondering did I miss something in the middle like them falling in love? It was lackluster for me because the love didn't seem like a love that would end as it did (no spoiler). As far as the story, Angels, Arch Angels, Vampires and Hunters? The world created was not one I immediately fell in love with; in fact I'm not in love with it at all. This was a mediocre read/listen for me.
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