Book Reviews

Legend by Marie Lu

book review

Title: Legend

Author: Marie Lu 

Pages: 295

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2nd February 2012

ISBN 0141339608

Buy here : Amazon UK




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.



It seems like every book i’m reading at the moment is great, i’m not looking forward to when this stops.

June is a genius, she’s the only person known to score full marks on the Republic’s trial, she’s at the top University and getting perfect marks, being groomed to take over and be the next big thing in the military. Her older brother Metias is the only family she has left after her parents died in a car crash years ago, so when he turns up dead she swears vengeance against the person responsible. The believed culprit? Day. Day is the republic’s most wanted criminal, he ‘off the grid’ and the Republic can’t identify him, however is he as bad as they make out? Tess, the orphan he took under his wing doesn’t seem to think so, her brother just keeps them alive and provides for them. Is it the republic that’s in the wrong? When June is assigned to hunt down Day, will she discover who he really is? and if so, what will she really think of the boy?

Yay for more great dystopian-y goodness. I love the books where the government is in control but possibly not saying everything there is to know, the plot was amazing and kept you gripped to the end. There were a few plot twists that you didn’t see coming and were just blown away. At first i wasn’t as keen on the switching back and forward from June and Day’s PoV, however as the book progressed i learnt to really enjoy this and found myself looking forward to seeing how the other character processed the information and situation. I did think that Day was possibly a bit lazy in the one scenario that people that have read this book know what i’m talking about, but i guess the situation may have pushed him towards it. For those who haven’t read this. Read it. Now. Or ASAP. The last book in the series is released soon so you have no excuses. Yay for fun times.



“ I will trick you and deceive you, lie, cheat and steal to find you, tempt you out of your hiding place, and chase you until you have nowhere else to run.”


My Rating:



Next Book:

 Preservation by Rachael Wade


Thanks for reading,



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