Book Review: Legend – Marie Lu

I’m mostly convinced that prior to reading this novel, I’d get myself totally immersed with the world created by the author because a lot of peeps I know are raving about it – a future where America is divided between the Republic and the Colonies. Both of our protagonists hailed from the Republic. They’re both 15-years-old and both are surprisingly good at what they do. Only, they do different things – June’s the republic’s prodigy groomed for greatness in the military whilst Day is the Republic’s most wanted felon.

Their world collided when Day was accused of murdering June’s brother. In the event of Day’s capture, things started to unravel that made them an unlikely ally against the Republic.

I’m not going to lie; I really didn’t like this one as much as I liked other dystopian novels around. There’s nothing new about this book. The rebellion aspect of it reminds me of The Hunger Games, the experimentation points out to The Maze Runner and just the whole vibe seemed to run on a mixed-script from both novels. It doesn’t also sit with me that they’re only 15-years-old and the romance aspect of the story was highly promoted.

This is not to say that it was badly written though, I just find it utterly unoriginal and almost too long for such a premise.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Published November 29th 2011 by Putnam Juvenile

About The Author
Marie Lu ( is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Legend, Prodigy, and Champion, as well as The Young Elites. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

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