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Legend

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By (author) Marie Lu

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 22mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 2 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141339608
  • ISBN 13: 9780141339603
  • Sales rank: 1,950

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"Legend" is the much-anticipated dystopian thriller debut from US author, Marie Lu. The must-read dystopian thriller fiction for all teen fans of "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins and Divergent by Veronica Roth. A brilliant re-imagining of "Les Miserables", the series is set to be a global film sensation as CBS films have acquired rights to the trilogy. The "Twilight Saga" producers, Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, will produce. Los Angeles, California Republic of America He is Day. The boy who walks in the light. She is June. The girl who seeks her brother's killer. On the run and undercover, they meet by chance. Irresistably drawn together, neither knows the other's past. But Day murdered June's brother. And she has sworn to avenge his death. Dystopian fiction at its very best in this thrilling instalment in the Legend trilogy. Praise for "Legend": "If you loved "The Hunger Games", you'll love this". (Sarah Rees-Brennan, author of "The Demon's Lexicon"). "A fine example of commercial fiction with razor-sharp plotting, depth of character and emotional arc, 'Legend' doesn't merely survive the hype, it deserves it". ("New York Times"). "Marie Lu's dystopian novel is a "Legend" in the making". ("USA Today"). ""Legend" is impossible to put down and even harder to forget". (Kami Garcia, author of "New York Times" bestselling author of film sensation, "Beautiful Creatures"). Marie Lu is a US author who works as an art director for a video game company. "Legend" and its brilliant sequel, "Prodigy" were built round the world that Marie Lu created for a popular Facebook game also called "Legend". She was born near Shanghai but currently lives in California.

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Marie Lu is a US author who works as an art director for a Los Angeles video game company. She was born near Shanghai, but currently lives in California with her boyfriend and their three dogs. She is the author of the YA novel Legend and its brilliant sequel Prodigy. @Marie_Lu www.marielu.org www.legendtheseries.com www.facebook.com/legendtheseries

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By Moodyno1 20 Jun 2013 5

Favourite Quote: "Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time"

First of all I just want to say, I LOVED this book! 5/5 stars! Highly recommend to people who like dystopian, as this is one of the best dystopian's I've ever read.

Let's start with the plot. It is told from dual perspective by Day and June. I felt this really helped the reader understand the different parts of the dystopian world, the poor and the rich. It was steady-paced in my opinion which allowed me to familiarize with this new world and appreciate the character's developments. However most of the plot twists I had already guessed and nothing was surprising but that did not stop me from loving this book or enjoying the plot!

Onto the characters, let's start with Day because I preferred his perspective over June's. Day was my favourite character, he was loyal, smart, a survivor and in some points in the book there's mentions of his generosity when it comes to other people. Then there's June who I believe had the most character development throughout the book. At first she is snobby, cocky and a bit irritating but she turns out to be a strong heroine who is very smart and independent with a vulnerable side. Other side characters, I loved Tess she was a little sweetheart, I hated all the people in the government except June's brother I liked what we saw of him.

I have mixed feelings on the romance, I have no idea why but I prefer Day with Tess because I didn't feel like they have a sibling bond thing between them and they just it each other well. However it doesn't bother me the relationship between Day and June, I'm not really interested in it.

As I said before I highly recommend this book to everyone and I cannot wait to read the next one!

By Sarah Elizabeth 26 May 2013 4

(Source: Purchased on kindle from Amazon.co.uk for £2.99.)
15-year-old Day is a wanted criminal. His own mother believes him dead, and his only friend is a girl who he met on the streets. When his youngest brother is diagnosed with the plague though, Day knows that it's up to him to steal the cure from the hospital for him, no matter what it takes.

15-year-old June is an orphan, and her older brother Metias is her only living relative. June is a child prodigy, the only person ever to score a perfect 1500 on 'the trial' - a test that every 10 year old must go through. Metias is a captain in the military, and June can't wait to join him, until disaster strikes and Metias is killed.
Now June is making it her mission to find the boy who killed her brother and make him pay, and her sights are set firmly on Day.
Did Day really kill Metias though? Can Day save his brother and escape with his life? And what will happen when June and Day finally meet?


This was an enjoyable dystopian story, and I liked the suspense as the story progressed.

Day and June were both likeable characters, and both cared deeply for their respective families. I liked the way that both had strong ideas about right and wrong, and both cared enough to stick their necks out when they felt the situation required it.

I liked the storyline, and liked the way that Day and June became acquainted with one another. I was quite shocked when it was revealed that Metias was dead as I wasn't expecting it at all, although there were other things that I did manage to predict. I don't think there was a lot of romance in this one though, the storyline mainly focused on June and Day individually. There was quite a lot of suspense in this one though, waiting for June and Day to meet, wondering what will happen when they do, and wondering how it will all end!
I did like the ending, and I am looking forward to reading the next in the series, I have a feeling that I will probably need to read books 2 and 3 quite close together though so I may wait to read Prodigy when book 3 is released.
Overall; an enjoyable and suspenseful dystopian.
7 out of 10.

By Kate Verrier 18 Apr 2012 5

First of all I'd like to thank Lindsey from Puffin books for sending me this paperback copy to read and review. I had heard good things about this dystopian novel so I was really excited to be offered the chance to read it.

Second of all I'd like to say wow! This is such a gripping read, I was hooked after just a few pages and from then on I struggled to put it down. I found it really easy to visualise everything that was happening, it felt like I was reading a movie.

The story is set in an America of the future, no longer The United States it is a very dark and different world to the one we know today. Plagues, wars and children being forced to take trials that will affect the rest of their lives are just some of the horrors that this future world has to endure. Controlling all of this is a government full of secrets and corruption, it's no wonder there are people who attempt to fight against them to discover the truth.

This brings me onto Day - handsome, brave and desperately seeking justice for the wrongs that have forced him away from his family. I loved his use of the word 'goddy', this is now one of my new favourite words! June is intelligent and also brave, you can really sense her feelings of loss and confusion as she struggles to figure out who she can and can't trust.

The story alternates between Day's and June's point of view, they are both strong characters who are not afraid of danger and this made for such an exciting read. My heart was literally pounding with fear for them whenever they got into tricky situations.

When Day first meets June he has no idea who she really is and vice versa. You could tell that there was a connection between them which would obviously complicate things for them both and I couldn't wait to see how they would react when they found out each other's true identity. I did keep forgetting that they were only fifteen because they both seemed very mature, I think perhaps the events of their childhood are responsible for this and in my opinion this would explain their maturity.

The last few chapters were really tense and had me on the edge of my seat, there were a few shocks and some really sad moments that all added to the emotional atmosphere of the book.

This was an engaging, action-packed story that I couldn't get enough of - I can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy.

By Stephanie Forster (Stepping out of the Page) 27 Feb 2012 3

I was very excited to read Legend as I'm a huge fan of the ideas behind dystopian stories and this one has had rave reviews. I did enjoy it, but unfortunately not as much as I'd expected to. Saying that, the book was entertaining enough, had several good points to it and I would still like to read the sequel. I believe that the film rights to this book have been bought, and I do think that it has a very cinematic feel, maybe making this better off as a film.

Legend is set in the urban setting of futuristic Los Angeles and follows two protagonists, Day and June. There is a war in America and Day and June are on opposite sides. June is a prodigy, a soldier who works with the Republic. Day leans more towards the Patriot side, he is a Robin Hood character who steals from the rich to give to the poor. He is also the most wanted person in the Republic. There is a plague that is ravaging the country and has infected Day's family. There is a lot more to the plague than a simple virus outbreak though, and several people come to realise this throughout this book. Whilst attempting to steal a plague cure, Day is accused of killing June's brother. June then makes it her mission to capture Day.

The plot itself is interesting and there is a lot more to still be explored in the sequels to this book. I don't think that the plot was anything particularly new, at least not so far, but it'd be unfair to judge that just from the first instalment. There were quite a few similarities to other Dystopian books out there. The world building could've been stronger - The setting wasn't terribly clear and I would've liked to know more about the two sides at war and exactly why, but again, there is room for exploration of this. Lu does start to hint at some reasoning by the end of this book, which makes me anticipate the second book to really see what's going on.

For me, the strongest aspect of this book were both Day and June. They both seemed to be strong characters and well formed. Day was loyal, brave and compassionate and June was a brave, self-determined character. I thought that they were both very likeable. Despite both having different views and upbringings, they were morally quite similar. They were also both logical and clever, though I think that they jumped to conclusions too often. I felt that the way that they worked things out so quickly and without much evidence sometimes weakened the book. Whilst we didn't learn all that much about other characters, including Tess (Day's friend), Matias (June's Brother) and Day's family, I thought that they were very solid and intriguing.

What I didn't like about Day and June was the insta-love. As soon as they met, they seemed to fall in love, which seemed unrealistic and felt a little 'lazy'. There was certainly potential for chemistry between the two characters, and I did see some as they interacted. I do like the two characters though, and together they did work well. The fact that their relationship was forbidden added to the suspense. I do look forward to seeing how their relationship progresses later on.

Legend is an action packed and reasonably fast paced book that I think the majority of young adults will enjoy. If you like a lot of action and perhaps a 'thriller' feel to your reads, you will probably enjoy it. Although this wasn't one of the best dystopian books that I've read, it was decent enough and I would like to see how the rest of the series pans out.

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If you like The Hunger Games, you'll love this! Sarah Rees-Brennan, author of The Demon's Lexicon A romantic thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is what it seems - Legend is impossible to out down and even harder to forget Kami Garcia, NYT bestselling author of Beautiful Creatures Legend doesn't merely survive the hype, it deserves it New York Times Marie Lu's dystopian novel is a 'Legend' in the making USA Today