‘Legend’ by Marie Lu
Legend # 1...
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. (Source: Goodreads.com)
My thougts about the book:
I’ve finished the book ‘Legend’ within two days and usually this is always a good sign, but here, I partially had my problems with it.
In any case positively is to be mentioned, that the writing style is very easy to read and it goes on quick and casual, with a special easiness. This is probably due to the fact to that the story is written in the present and on the other hand that it is used a very simply language, without a lot of frills, descriptions or kitsch, what also fits to the whole elitist system, which is described in the book.
However, to tell the truth, the plot and also the characters here didn’t completely knocked my socks off, but it was also at the same time no disappointment, but rather just quite average.
The plot is thrilling and also dramatically written, so that I wanted to read on fast. But it seemed to me in between that as if I’ve waited for something certain to happen, but unfortunately it never really came. Particularly with the first third of the book I had this feeling, when also the action got on just slowly. But then the last pages have virtually overturned with action and more action and everything happened here too quickly for me till to the end.
What also stroked me considering the plot was, that for me it wasn’t a real dystopia, but it rather appeared like a book about war, like a story, which has happened during the second world war with the Nazis and the totalitarian, pitiless system – only that here some modern elements were inserted, to be able to let it play in the future and to be able to declare it as a dystopia for the right marketing. Also this selection of the children and these researches, sounded very much like something that already happened in those times and hence, I found these points not very original. But only terrifyingly; like it probably also should be appear.
Now to the central figures in the story: Day and June.
The male protagonist Day is quite okay, but I don’t always understand completely his actions or the reason for his past doings, which always were mentioned only briefly or I don’t understand, why he is the most searched criminal of this republic. For me it looks a little too exaggerated, that he should be the ‘#1 enemy of the state’, only because he has committed little things like little raids or smaller sabotages, but up to now he has never made really big damages or killed somebody. So why should this big, strong regime, like this republic here, care for such a prowler and places so much value for his arrest?
Otherwise Day was a nice and also attractive character, of whom I liked to get to know more about and I hope, that we still get more from in the next parts.
Also June was likeable to me, but I couldn’t understand, how she should be one of the best agents, the most intelligent person and already got her degree – at the age of just 15 years? Again it seemed to me too exaggerated and phony.
Moreover I unfortunately couldn’t build up a strong connection to Day or June and for my taste they have fallen in love with each other too fast. I mean – these two were drilled their whole life to hate each other and already after two days they’ve spend time together on the street, they have to kiss each other, because they can’t stop themselves? Ohm, hello – have I missed there something?
Okay, they were sweet and everything and have also suffered and must endure many pains, but nevertheless, I missed the special spark for them.
Concerning the contents the cover fits perfectly to the story and the military construction. But I’m rather a fan of flourishes, charming lines and luminous colors; hence this cover looks a little dumpy for me.
All in all:
But in spite of the hard criticism, the book gets 3 points for the exhilarating action and the liquid, quick writing style. This book appeared like a longer pre-story, but I think, there is still place up and that the second part can inspire my enthusiasm more.
3 of 5 points – (I liked it)
A huge Thanks for the reviewer’s copy to:
# 1: Marie Lu – Legend »»
# 2: Marie Lu – Prodigy
# 3: Marie Lu – Untitled
About the author – Marie Lu:
She writes young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, she was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, she was an Art Director at a video game company. Now she shuffles around at home and talk to herself a lot.
She graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where she spend her time stuck on the freeways. (Source: goodreads.com)
Visit her Website »».
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