09 November, 2011

Legend - Review

Legend by Marie Lu
Publication date: 29 November 2011
ISBN 10/13: 0316074039 | 9780316074032

Category: Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
Format: Hardcover (received an ARC for review at Comic-Con)
Keywords: Dystopian, futuristic, romance, sci-fi

Thuy's review:

Dystopian young adult novels are big these days, and it seems like you can't turn around without stumbling over one. However, Marie Lu has put her own twist on the genre with her engaging and fast paced debut novel, Legend

The United States has been torn apart and two factions are at war, the Republic and the Colonies. June, a child prodigy, has been groomed by The Republic to be one of its elite soldiers and is on her way to an illustrious military career. Day is the Republic's most wanted and elusive criminal.

When June's brother is murdered and the crime pinned on Day, she embarks on a manhunt to find Day and avenge her brother's death. However, not everything is black and white, as June soon finds out.

The book alternates between June and Day's first person perspectives. I am usually wary of this type of narrative as it often feels gimmicky and unnecessary. Happily this was not the case with Legend and I like the way each of their points of views propelled the story forward. I found myself liking both Day and June a lot. Both are extremely loyal and have a deep commitment to their families. 

It's great to see a character like June who is not only smart but also a great fighter. She is not someone I'd want mad at me. And despite his reputation, Day is all heart, constantly looking out for his family and friends. Lu also writes some great action sequences.There are plenty of chases and fights to keep the reader entertained. 

The only thing that keeps this book from a 5 star rating is that, because of the fast pace and the focus on June and Day, little time is left to explore the other facets of the world. There are so many things I want to know more about but only get glimpses of. What does the government really want with Day's brother and what is the goal of their biological experiments? What were the events that led up to the division of the United States?

Perhaps Lu is saving some of this for the next book in the series but I would have liked to have seen a little more world building in this one. That said, I really enjoyed Legend and am looking forward to the next installment of the series.

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book. 

Visit the author at http://www.marielu.org and @Marie_Lu on Twitter.


  1. Well, if you're going to have an issue with a book - wanting to know more is a pretty good one! Hopefully the rest of the series will explore the other areas a little better.

  2. totally! it wasn't necessarily a bad thing but i wanted more, more, more. hopefully the next book will answer some questions.