Legend by Marie Lu Book Review

Review by: dancingonrain.



Day, a fifteen year old boy, is the Republic’s most notorious criminal living in the slums.  He keeps a watchful eye on his family from a distance.  June, a fifteen year old girl, is the prodigy of the Republic’s wealthiest districts.  She has been trained for success by the Republic’s highest military circles.  It is possible that these two would have never met under different circumstances, but one day June’s brother Metias is murdered and everything points to Day as the culprit.  June seeks revenge for her brother’s murder and will stop at nothing until the murderer is found and dealt with severely.  Day, wants nothing more than his family to be safe.  Over a series of events these two will discover that what they want may not be as cut and dry as they had originally thought.  Read along and watch their game of cat and mouse unfold.  And when a crucial truth is discovered, can these two figure out how to work together despite the pain they’ve caused one another to defeat a threat bigger than themselves?

It has been a while since I’ve read such a well-constructed young adult novel.  This book is right up there with the Hunger Games, in my opinion.  I feel a lot of books out there, specifically pertaining to the young adult genre, have lots of action and despair, but they leave out the emotional part and reflection of events that the characters would feel or go through, especially for the male characters.  You can only bend a twig for so long before it eventually snaps.

A strength of Legend would be that the character’s reactions are believable and when Day is hit with a traumatizing series of events, the author doesn’t just have him hide it, which, in these cases would’ve been inhuman.  Lu has him react as anyone else put in that situation would have.  She shows how devastated he is when he’s not around others or strangers whereas some other novels or stories would have just glossed over his losses.  I often found myself not really paying attention to what these characters actual gender was and just seeing them as human beings.  As people.  As it should be.

I also feel like some novels out there forget just how old their characters actually are.  Day is only a fifteen year old child; he’s not going to be able to handle all of his emotional and physical trauma (and there’s quite a lot) alone and yet some authors out there write a teenager as if s/he is a full grown adult.

I never once questioned Day or June’s motivations.  Some of the minor characters were less understandable, but they were also presented in a way where you knew something was off, but you couldn’t quite place your finger on it.  As the story ended, it left openings for other characters motivations to be explored more in the next two books: Prodigy and Champion.

One thing I wasn’t sure of was how easily Day trusted June again after something she’d done to his family.  I feel like something of that nature would have made him keep his distance from her as much as he could, but I also know this is explored a little more in the next two books.

I would recommend this book and series to anyone.  I mean anyone.  I think most people will enjoy this series if you like action, adventure, conspiracies, and betrayal.  This book was fairly fast-paced and you could probably finish it during one day of the weekend if they wished.  The other two books are already out so you wouldn’t have to wait months to find out how the story ends.

Happy reading and remember each new day is the start of another twenty-four hours, a new start where anything can happen.