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
A great competitor for the most popular dystopian young adult novels today. Creative, well crafted characters, good emotion. Storyline is a little bit of a stretch even for fiction, but entertaining.
I am SO impressed with this series! Especially since I had to read it backward. For the most part, I read it on my local library's Kindle and listened to the library Overdrive version. This last book, book one, I actually had had the chance to buy the Audible version. I figured I will eventually buy all of this series (Kindle and Audible) so that someday I would read it in the correct order. If it is good and held together reading it the way I did, imagine how good it is reading it the right way!
Spoilers are hard to avoid as I write this. In fact, I thought by knowing what was to come I wouldn't be able to continue. Then something happened between Metais and Day. Something seemed off as I remembered what was to happen in book two. Luckily, by the end of book one that issue revealed itself properly. Everything else held together very well. Again, I am so impressed with the world, characters and story that Marie Lu (author) built.
In this first book, you get to see how June and Day meet and start falling for each other. I had wondered about that. You get to see how Day meets Tess. You actually meet Day's family. You meet all the people who play crucial roles later in the series and now you know why (if you read it back to front, that is).
Yesterday, I saw that Legend is on sale on Amazon. It is $3.00. If you can, I suggest you buy it. If I had more than a dollar to my name, I would buy it now. Alas, that will have to wait.
Now a comment on the narration by Mariel Stern and Steven Kaplan who play June and Day respectfully. I don't know if this is their first narration gig or if they were finding their voices to these characters, but this one felt like they were new. Especially, Mariel Stern, whose voice appeared higher and a little crackly in comparison to the later books. Maybe she was attempting to sound younger? And, of course, if they recorded them in order that would still be the case, right? But as this story continues both voices become stronger and true to the characters. I was often in a situation where wearing headphones and listening were impossible and I had to read the book strictly by sight, and there were times my eyes were tired and I just listened, either and both methods hold up and maintain a fantastic story. An author who writes very well, combined with narrators who read very well, makes a wonderful experience, even in a dystopian world.
It was a pretty good story. It wasn't interest enough to make me want to read more in the series. I think it was a little to juvenile a story for me (and I adore YA novels). Maybe the characters weren't interesting. I think I would have liked June brother as a character but he did too early. I also knew where the story was going so I checked out about halfway through.
With both primary protagonists being 15 years old, I expected skating along the lines of a cutesy love story and fears that is alp the book would be.
Luckily, the book painted a vivid picture of a Post-United States land of America. Although the discourse and swift emotional shifts were disconcerting, I had to remember these were teenagers and even through their many struggles; their emotional needs would undoubtedly allow them to shift from love to hate back to love with blinding quickness.
I was left unsatisfied by the lack of drama and suspense. It seemed that every character accepted every truth as though God himself gave it to them. As the writer develops, I undoubtedly expect her to dig deeper into the darkness and lack of trust all people have, especially in America.
Although not worth full asking price in my opinion, the sale price of this book was a perfect reason to jump on it and pending the sale of the following books within the series, I'll happily pick them up to listen as the characters hopefully mature with the writer.
I liked that there were 2 narrators for the 2 separate first person characters, but neither of them had much range. Their performances were flat with little emotion which made it more difficult to empathize with the characters. The story was nice but I was surprised when it was done. I guess it left off in an awkward part to leave room for book two. If I were listening to this before the second book was available I would be highly annoyed. But it wad good enough that I will listen to the second book.
It was a pretty decent story with a strong male protagonist. This is rare in the YA world and I enjoyed the story. The audio book narration is great, it really allows you to escape into the book!
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