Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Legend by Marie Lu - Thoughts

Title: Legend (1st in series)
Author: Marie Lu
Pages: 305
Genre: YA dystopian
Source: library loan
Rating: Sign me up for the second one now!

I have read a few reviews on this one and they have always been really positive. I am a huge fan of dystopian and young adult dystopian is even better. I always go into these with a bit of fear though. Fear that it isn't really dystopian or that the world building will fall flat or that it will be so "out there" that it will leave me scratching my head.

A quick summary of the story is that 15 year old June is a military prodigy that is born into one of the wealthiest districts in a dystopian Los Angeles. Day is a 15 year old that was born into the slums and is the country's most wanted criminal. When June's brother is murdered, she  goes on the hunt to find his killer and crosses paths with Day. But things are not as they seem and June and Day will have to form an uneasy alliance to find out the truth.

This one was awesome! A bit slow to start for me but it picked up quickly. The world building was superb and I loved that I felt like I was walking around in their world. The world of June and the world of Day was shown in such stark contrast and I enjoyed how multi-layered the worlds were. 

There was romance but it wasn't an insta-love type of thing and it worked well within the story. June was a smart and smarty pants girl who knew what she knew and she knew how to handle herself. I love a female lead that can kick butt. 

Day was a bit of a typical hot male character but he was also so well developed that I was able to look past that. He also was a kick butt character that didn't take June's crap.That I really loved.

Lots of action, twists and turns and great, believable dialogue made this one a winner for me. I would recommend it to all fans of dystopian fiction. Can't wait to read the second in the series!

If you've read this one, what did you think? Did you like it or not?


  1. I liked legend too! I felt like the writing was a little too simple but the story was good. Prodigy was great! The writing improved so much in the second book. Great Review!

  2. I had read a couple of other reviews that said the writing was simple too. I really enjoyed it though and thought that the dialogue was believable. I haven't gotten Prodigy yet but will soon. Will be interested to see how much she improved on the second book then. Glad to hear that!

  3. A great world-building, an interesting plot and two good characters, that is all I need in a book :D I've heard so many positive things about this book and it is on my reading list for somewhere this year.


    1. I agree! Like I said, I have read other reviews that said it was simple writing but I enjoyed it alot. World building and believable dialogue are huge with me. If it has that and it is interesting, I will like it ;-)


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