Friday, January 27, 2012

BkRv :: Light up the darkness

Marie Lu
@ Marie_Lu :: website

YA | Dystopia | Series Book 1

FIRST LINE :: ARC :: DAY :: My mother thinks I’m dead. Obviously I’m not dead, but it’s safer for her to think so.

SUMMARY :: from the B&N website
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.
In the words of Barney Stinson, this book is LEGEN…wait for it…DARY – and it definitely does not disappoint if you have been anxiously salivating for LEGEND since Kristin Nelson first mentioned it early 2011. Each page will grip you by the shirt and pull you deeper into this strange America where everything seems to function on cleverly-disguised lies. Who to trust, who to believe, who to discard, who to protect, is there anyone who is genuine enough to do the right thing after learning the truth?

{Reminescent of Ender’s Game and Divergent} There are good books, and there are GREAT books that leave you feeling exhilarated after reading them – and it is always thrilling to discover new books like LEGEND that fall ahead of the curve. ENDER’S GAME is one of my gold standards, and I am more than happily surprised to discover 2 books this year that come close to its greatness. There is something riveting about having child prodigies discover that their adult superiors may be manipulating them and enact in a fit of rebellion.

{Day and June} I loved how well these two main characters played off each other. Although they came from different backgrounds, they both came to the chessboard with equal intelligence and resourcefulness. As much as I love Day, I will have to say that I favor June more. Most likely because she happens to be a girl who can kick butt both physically and mentally, but also because I think that LEGEND turned out to be more about June. Day may have greeted me at page 1 and had some problems of his own, but in my opinion, June did more of the dirty work of avenging her brother’s death, going undercover to sniff out Day’s whereabouts, learning the real truth about the Republic, and deciding whose side she wants to be on.

{Not enough world-building} I had been hoping that LEGEND would go into how exactly North America split into two warring factions. While there is mention of the Republic and the Colonies, it does not come with a whole lot of details attached. LEGEND focuses more on the corruption within the Republic, and while that is all fascinating, how do the Colonies play into this? I am hoping the answers lie within the next book, especially considering Book 1 leaves Day and June on the very edge of new and even bigger chessboard.

LEGEND is well worth the wait – whether you read it now or wait until the rest of the series releases. Marie Lu has crafted a new world that stems from the familiar and branches into something wholly innovative. Smart, sensational, and oh-so-sicker-than-slick, LEGEND contains nothing but the best parts – and if a movie is in the making, all I have to say is: GAME ON!



  1. I just dont love the cover, but now I know that THAT should not hold me back for picking up this book. Because books that are LEGANDARY are also EPIC. lol. ;) Great review. You got me excited to read this one.

    1. I like the cover - it's so different than what you would expect on the shelf, but I can see how it does not show how LEGENDARY it is on the inside! :) This book is so fun, but I wish Book 2 was out already!

  2. This one is on my wishlist for so long! And your review makes me even more excited to read it!
    I think it'd be better to wait and read the series all at once but I don't know if I can wait that long :)

    1. I know that is always the issue with series! I nearly cried when I reached the last page - and I do not think I can wait that long for Book 2! Definitely keep this author on your radar if you decide to wait!

  3. Wow, this is the second review I've seen that is such a strong supporter of this book! I really need to get hold of a copy!

    1. I was SO worried about not liking LEGEND after waiting so long for its debut, but I am more than happy with Marie Lu (although I'd be more ecstatic if she announced that the entire series will be pubbed this year!) ;) Hope you get a copy soon!

  4. Goodness, you have made me even more excited to read Legend (must make my sister read it so I can borrow her copy). Kind of sad that you said there isn't a lot of world-building, but I am looking forward to reading nontheless.

    Thanks for the great review. =)

    1. I am sure that your sister will devour it faster than you can blink your eye - and then you will do the same :) I believe Marie Lu has the world in her mind, but I was hoping for more Colonies/Republic conflict. I have faith that she will elaborate in the next installment!


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