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.
©2011 Marie Lu (P)2011 Penguin Audio
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.
It is a story of two 15 year-olds, and the characters seem naive. Although an interesting plot, the author leaves a few important consequences of the story too easily and the novel lacks depth and nuance of the characters. Probably a perfect novel for teens.
I read it by myself befor but couldent get the names right but now I know and the aido makes it more exciting what I wished though is that they changed voices between June and day when they spoke to each other in the story.
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