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
Mrs. C reads
Many of my students are reading this book right now. If they liked the Hunger Games, they are often interested in Legend.
I liked the two person narrative; the back and forth between June and Day kept my attention.
The voices felt "right." Not too old or two young for the characters.
Devourer of all books fantasy
This is the first book in the legend series by Lu. The second book in the series, Prodigy, is set to release in Jan of 2013. This is a decent dystopia novel, but I had some problems with inconsistency in June’s character.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was very well done. There are different narrators for June and Day; which made it easy to tell when the book changed point of view.
Day is in hiding as the nation’s most wanted criminal. He is trying to help out his poverty stricken family and do what he can to give the Republic trouble. June is a prodigy in the Republic’s army who is trying to track down Day after he kills her brother. The story takes place in a world that’s been devastated by some sort of volcanic disaster. The west coast is now known as the Republic and is at war with the rest of the country.
I loved the contrast between the two characters of Day and June. June comes from an influential family with lots of money; she is a prodigy; smart, hard working, and all about following rules. Day is a rebel from a poor family, he is smart but is all about breaking the rules.
The interactions between the two are interesting. They are bitter enemies at first but as time goes on they challenge each other to find out the truth. It is only by Day’s comments that June ends up digging deeper into some issues with the Republic that have been bothering her.
There are a lot of well done action scenes too. Some of the torture scenes and plague scenes get pretty graphic and gory, just a warning if that bothers you.
The plot is fairly predictable. Things (such as the reoccurring plagues) have origins exactly as you would expect. I kept hoping for some twists and turns that would surprise me and was sorely disappointed.
I was also a bit disappointed in the sameness of this world with so many other dystopian worlds out there. The background behind the Republic’s origin is never really explained. The cause of the current social status is hinted at (such as when they where white to funerals to represent ash) but also never really explained.
The other thing I didn’t enjoy was June’s inconsistency of character. At times in the book she was incredibly insightful and intelligent; then at other times there were things she needed spelled out in the simplest terms. I also found a lot of the events towards the end of the story to be a bit contrived.
The story stops at a decent place. There are a number of issues unresolved but you aren’t at a total cliffhanger. The writing style is easy to read and engaging.
Overall this is an okay YA dystopian novel. I enjoyed June and Day as contrasting lead characters and the book was engaging and readable. I was a bit disappointed that the world wasn’t more interesting and also disappointed that the story was so predictable. All that being said it was a decent story. I would recommend The Hunger Games, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and Mystic City by Theo Lawrence over this book. But if you have read all of those and are still hungering for more dystopia, Legend is a decent enough read. At this point I am not sure whether or not I will read the next book in the series.
"I'll be a story in your head, but that's OK. We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? The Doctor
Yes, but only if I don't have anything I think I would like better.
Only if they are tweaking for a young adult fix before the Hunger Games or Divergent movies come out.
Escaping from the Army Base and the whole decoy brother incident.
Probably, just because I often like to see how other interpret the scenes, characters, and emotions.
Kind of like Insurgent, this book had a bit too much "I'm not listening to nobody" (a phrase I hear much too often, yes incorrect grammar and all). Granted, not as much as Insurgent, but almost enough for me not to like the main characters. I will read the others just so I can find out what will happen but I will read everything else I have first.
I loved everything about it. At first the male narrator sounds mono tone, but that changes after the first chapter and it gets better.
This book is most like Delirium, Matched, and My Chemical Garden series.
I liked the entire book!
Yes and pretty much did. It was kind of a short book.
I recommend this book for everyone that enjoys dystopian books or if you liked the movie Hunger Games.
Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...
The Hunger Games and Divergent fans will enjoy this novel. It is appropriately written for YAs but mature audiences will still enjoy the plot and overall story. Day and June are each unique, yet still have so much in common. There is enough action to keep interest and the installment does reach a conclusion with no cliff hangers per se. The reader is left curious to experience the next leg in their journey.
It is presented in a unique format... two narrators who personify the two main characters. I've always liked those audio renditions that use more than one narrator. However, it doesn't appear that they maintained the format throughout which may be a disappointment.
yes, enjoyed the story line
both did a great job
no not really - just enjoyed the flow of the book
This book reminded me of "Hunger Games" sort of.
I liked that the concept of the underdog rising.
The audio book was great and I liked having multiple people reading.
I have tried a few different distopian stories over the past few months. Quite a few fell flat, but not Legend. This story caught my attention, and held it. I became wrapped up in June and Day's story. I will continue with this series.
I live every day as if it will be my last. This is why my clothes are wrinkled. Let's face it. Who wants to spend their last day on earth ironing?
I think that this book would appeal to people who liked Ready Player One or The Hunger Games. It features intelligent characters trying to help themselves and others they care about.
It's pretty obvious that this book is the set up for a series.
The violence in this book might turn off some listeners, but it is neither gratuitous nor obscenely graphic.
I liked the description of the website that Jane's brother left for her to find, and the Mission Impossible type precautions around the site's contents.
I thought that the content of this book lends itself well to the use of two readers. The narrators' voices seemed appropriate for the age and intellect of the characters.
Addicted to books in all forms.
I really enjoyed this book. There were times when I cringed at some of the word choices (like she was vulnerable and invincible at the same time), but the plot hooked me and it was a fun book overall. It is young adult fiction, Lu does not go into details sometimes, but neither should she. She was not writing for an adult audience. The book may not change your world, but it will make for an entertaining 8 hours or so.
I was disappointed by the narration though. Most of the time I found Stern and Kaplan to be fine for Day and June. Although there were a couple of points where the only thing they did to bring across emotion was to speak louder - completely flat, but loud. But their portrayal of some of the adult characters made me glad that the book is mostly done in June and Day's voices.
I liked it enough to want to read (or even listen) to the next book in the series, although it will not be entering my fav books of all time list (YA or otherwise).
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