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
Yes it's defentily one of my favorite books and ever better to listen to.
The death of Junes brother
The kiss could have been better
These endearing heroes make this dystopian tale enjoyable from beginning to end. I can't wait for further adventures.
June's coming to herself and understanding she has been on the wrong side her whole life.
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and I wasn't disappointed! The early hype was completely on target and well deserved. I love my dystopian novels, but was suffering a little hangover from over-doing it this year. With that frame of mind, I had a couple of reservations going in which were immediately squashed after the first few pages.
Ahhh...June and Day. You guys are great! So, here's the scoop: June is a prodigy on the fast track to become a leader of the Republic. She is the newest inductee to my KAH (Kick Ass Heroines) club. (Minimal angst and whining, maximum butt kicking and smarts.) In university, she's a little Doogie Howser, who's too young and too smart to really make any friends. Her only buddy is her brother, Metias, and since they are orphans, he is a parental figure to her as well.
Day is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks who has been on the run from the Republic for years and is their Enemy Number One (you see where this is headed, right?) Day is resourceful, smart and funny. He tries to take care of his family from afar without being detected, while simultaneously undermining the Republic.
Then, (no spoilers here, you know you read it in the blurb....) Metias is killed. (Although I secretly wanted this to be a lie throughout the whole story - maybe some Republic fakery - and hoped he would pop up in the end, "Tada! Just kidding, June!") Allegedly, Day is the perpetrator of this heinous crime, thus pitting June and Day against each other Romeo and Juliet style.
The heat is on as June is tapped to bring Day to justice and hi-jinks ensue. June and Day's relationship (you knew there would be one, right?) develops slowly and naturally out of mutual understanding, not some mystic lightening bolt of destiny, much to my delight. (You know I hate the Mystic Lightening Bolt of Destiny..)
I loved Lu's fast-paced writing style. The book is written from both main characters' POV and although this is sometimes irksome in other novels, I appreciated seeing the other side of the coin and I think it worked well here. I've read some criticism regarding stylistic similarities between the two POV's, but since I listened to Legend on Audible, no problems for me since two different voice actors were featured and they were great.
As I said earlier, I was worried that I was a little dystopian-ed out, but Legend brought it all back to life for me. Lu has written a well-tailored novel about worlds and people I genuinely care about (you should have seen me listening in the car and yelling at my radio like a crazy person when Day or June was in trouble!) Sign me up for the sequel, stat!
Unwasted Words Reviews
In a shakespearean twist of fate, poverty and privilege find common ground in Legend.
Two districts, each unlike in prosperity,
In the Republic, where jurisdiction is to demean,
From governmental grievance to societies mutiny,
Where civil blood makes military hands unclean.
From forth the mutual losses of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take control of their fate;
Whose misinformed sorrows and woes
Do with their lives bury their caste's disparate.
The fearful passage of their souls-mark'd free,
And the continuance of their rebellion's rage,
Which, but their sacrifices' end, nought could flee,
Is now the first tomes' traffic of our page;
The which if you with patient eyes attend,
What here shall miss, Lu's series shall strive to mend.
It's hard to make anything sound bad written in Shakespeare's footprint. But Marie Lu's debut novel is a wonderful blend of WOW inducing words that makes you want to live, fight, rebel, and know love in all it's forms.
Legend isn't the type of book you put down and think, well I didn't see that one coming. Lu employed a lot of basic and typical devices used in most popular YA fiction today. While there were pops of the unexpected here and there the real strength of Lu's Legend is in it's relationships. She's built a harsh world and isn't afraid to make some sacrifices. This book is as much about tragedy as it is triumph and maybe Lu could have delved deeper into the bonding and betrayal sequences drawn them out a little more. But nevertheless the emotional connection is there. Her characters are steadfast and interesting. Day and June really draw you in with their personalities. The most compelling aspect is the goodness in the characters and their motives. You can't help but want them to succeed, to win, to overcome.
I experienced Legend through the wonders of audible. Mariel Stern narrated June's chapters which started off a bit jarring at first. Stern had that Type A personality spot on, but the annoying overbearing quality of her performance soften as I became more acquainted with June. Steven Kaplan does a wonderful job narrating Day's chapters. Day has a more quiet personality, he's not as noticeably intense as June, and plays he's part perfectly. Their readings really brought the words to life and drew me in.
Any fan of Hunger Games and Divergent will love this world and it's characters. Legend is a well crafted emotionally stunning thriller. The book's biggest downside is having to wait for the sequel.
I didn't want to stop listening! I really loved the characters and I can't wait for number 2 to come out!
I love to read!
What a great story for fans of The Hunger Games! The characters of Day and June just captured my attention and drew me right into the story. It was hard to stop listening! When it was over, I kept wishing the second book was already out because I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next...
When I bought this audio I wasn't sure what to expect but was told it was good. So, of course, I bought it. I was so sucked into the story I couldn't put it down. I drove, cleaned and cooked while listening. Marie Lu, AWESOME job! This book/audiobook has action, some suspense and little romance. Narration was awesome too. It was paced well, spoken well and kept me involved. Steven Kaplan has one of those voices I just like to listen to. I did have a little trouble with Mariel Stern's voice at the begining (it's a little squeeky) but it grew on me and I was able to go with it.
Day has been wronged by his government, the Republic and has been on the run since he was 10 years old. Now, at the age of 15 he is a famous criminal and wanted by the government. June, 15, is a prodigy who is being goomed for a successful career in the Republic's military. Day and June's lives cross when, one night, Day has a run in with June's Brother, Metias. Their lives come colliding into a snowball of events rolling out of control. Lies and truths have been revealed. Now Day and June have to decide what to do with these revelations.
A book I definitely recommend.
This was a great read (listen) it started a tad slow, but picked up very quick. Loved the dual narration and really enjoyed all of the characters. What I really like about this is the author uses some real cities of Los Angeles which is cool to hear and makes you think, "Wow I can really imagine Valencia in this dystopian future setting."
The narrators were excellent also, and really embodied the characters once the book started going. You really sense their emotion through their tone which is wonderful.
Really enjoyed the story and can't wait to start listening to the next.
Secrets, Conspiracy, Plague
The friendships between Day, Tess, and June and the family closeness and caring of Day's family.
When June finds Mateus' clues he left for her and follows the leads to the answer of the puzzle.
The Story of the Flight of Day and June Begins.
For Young adults, ages 11 and up.
I like books with strong female characters who are tough and stand up for what they believe in
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