Review: Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1) Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: November 29, 2011 by Putnam Juvenile
Series: #1 (Legend)
Length: 304 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

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.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.


The last time I’ve read a dystopian book that had a thrilling and suspenseful plot was The Hunger Games. Now, it is Legend. This book is just amazing.  It switches perspectives from our two main characters – Day (Daniel) and June.  This book was action packed from start to finish. It’s hard to not get hooked on to Legend. While reading Marie Lu’s novel, I could totally feel the world as if I was there, and she just created the most kickass characters EVER. Day, 15 years old, is the most wanted criminal. June is the world’s prodigy who scored a 1500/1500 on her examination (like the SAT though it has 3 parts: a physical test, an interview, and written test).

There is a love triangle in this book, but it didn’t really bother me. The third party was the one who bothered me. Thomas. Oh my goodness I just wanted to throw that guy off the cliff. Seriously. Day and June’s romance wasn’t rushed and it didn’t take over the plot of the book. I love how there was a few twist here and there, especially towards the end. The ending was just awesome, but sad at the same time. The characters are really likable and Day is so hilarious. You’ll laugh a couple of times because of his sarcasm and remarks.

I really recommend this to everyone, especially if you’re looking for a fast paced, exciting dystopian read. This book involves guns, bombs, knives, spies, and running on roof tops. What the heck right? So kickassy.

4.5 of 5

2 Responses to “Review: Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu”

  1. 1 Sara (@Forever17Books) May 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    I LOVE this book and series! Day and June are so awesome and now I’m really curious to how you’ll find the sequel! Great review!

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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