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Review: Legend

September 8, 2011

Title: Legend
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pages: 336
Release Date: November 29, 2011
Format: ARC via Good Choice Reading Blog Tour

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.Goodreads

I’m not normally one for dystopian stories, but I’d heard great things about Legend and wanted to give it a try. And I am so so so glad I did because, y’all. This book is great.

June is incredibly cool—smart and sexy with observation skills that are straight up Sherlock Holmesian. And, of course, she’s special. Having made the only perfect score on record of the test that all children in the Republic are required to take to determine their future, she’s basically a celebrity. But she’s not nearly as famous as Day, a sly criminal who is a Robin Hood figure for the plague-ridden citizens of the Republic who live in next to deplorable conditions and are denied upward mobility. When she’s assigned to find and kill Day once she joins the military, the two meet each other and then things go crazy awesome. 

I love the way the story unfolds—I was never quite sure who to trust or what the next moves might be. There was one character in particular that I just couldn’t get a good read on and whose motives I was constantly trying to figure out. Though that may have bothered others, I really dug it—it kept me on my toes while reading. 

Overall, I really enjoyed Legend. It’s a fast paced, methodical, smart, and really entertaining murder mystery/conspiracy novel. Additionally, the descriptions of the clothing are all a little steampunky, which is always welcome. (Bring on the goggles, that’s what I say!) So whether you’re a die hard dystopia fan or a person looking for a good read, I highly, highly recommend picking up Legend when it comes out in November. Ooh! November! That means it could be a Christmas present! So, there ya go. A copy of Legend for everyone you know. Christmas shopping=finished. 🙂

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