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Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu



Action packed and conspiracy filled, Legend is a fun read sure to please YA dystopian fans.

From Goodreads:
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.

This book was a lot of fun to read. It’s told from a split perspective between June and Day, two super smart teenagers from different sides of dystopian Los Angeles. Events unfold and their two worlds converge and join them in a common cause, survival.

This book was very entertaining. One great thing about it is the ability to appeal to both male and female readers. It’s the typical theme, extremely smart teenagers (who are treated like adults) raging against the government. With a little romance thrown in, it has some tender moments but doesn’t get too syrupy sweet.

It has the potential to be something different. One thing that would have brought this story outside the box would have been more detail and character depth. It was just too short for all that was going on. I wanted to know more about Day’s background and how he came to be the rebel he is. Many questions were left unanswered. I know this is due to it being the first in a series and the author is spreading it out over the course of a few books, but I really wanted a bit more.

The ending was a great opening for the next book and will hopefully open the story up and make it stand out.

Overall, an entertaining good book for this genre.

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