Review: Legend by Marie Lu

By: Marie Lu @marielubooks
Release Date: November 29th, 2011
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Series: Legend, Book #1

I freely admit that sometimes I try to avoid new series. Not because I don’t love series (let’s face it, I adore series) but sometimes you aren’t ready to commit to a new series just yet. Every time I’d gone into Barnes and Noble I’d look at Legend by Marie Lu. I’d read the book jacket, the quotes from the New York Times review and other authors and I’d read a few lines on the first page. I just couldn’t commit to the series yet.

The fact is, I’m mad I waited to read this series! I know I’m a bit behind in joining the Legend fandom and if you’re waiting to join in and read the series please don’t wait much longer.

I know that this may not be everyone’s “cup of tea” but it sure is mine. It may not be my favorite book ever but I have to give credit where it is due—the main characters are intriguing, the world is well built and the plot keeps you turning the pages.

I enjoyed the different POVs but while, at times, their voices were similar, I enjoyed seeing things through Day’s eyes and through June’s eyes.
The story centers on the fact that June is a Republic soldier and Day is a rebellious figure within society. When June’s brother is killed, and Day is the suspect, June is sent undercover to find and capture Day. Instead, she finds a lot more than she could have ever expected when she meets Day. The fact is, this is a classic “be careful what you wish for” scenario as, when June finds and helps capture Day, the truth surrounding her brother’s death is nothing like she had been lead to believe.

About author

Brittney Soban

Brittney is a writer, reader and general lover of all things that end up printed on a page. With a few published poems and a lot of unpublished stories and novels she spends her days doing a nine to five job while wishing she was home working on the worlds she loves to create. As “punishment”, her and her brothers were banned from watching television for a week, leading to Brittney deciding that the free books at the library were better than TV and, in a very Matilda fashion, she took home loads of books every day and has never looked back. A reader of all types of literature, she will read practically anything put in front of her as long as something within it, no matter how small, sparks her interest. Give her high fantasy, science fiction, mystery, it doesn’t matter, but her love does lie within the fantasy and YA genres. A series junkie on top of everything else, she picks and chooses when to begin a series based on how many standalone books also await her attention in her to be read pile. Once she starts a series she will read every installment available back to back until she finishes a series or is forced to wait for the next publication. Called a book dragon by her boyfriend, the term is fitting as she owns more books than anything else and is quite sure her obituary will state she died under an avalanche of books. She truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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