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Legend

Book rating: 05 Hardback Legend Trilogy

By (author) Marie Lu

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  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
  • Format: Hardback | 305 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 211mm x 33mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 29 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 039925675X
  • ISBN 13: 9780399256752
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 18,207

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A "New York Times" bestseller! 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.

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"New York Times" bestselling author Marie Lu (www.marielu.org) graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin's Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one boyfriend, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

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By Alaiel Kreuz 07 Sep 2012 5

Completely action packed Legend kept me turning page after page without a break. I can't believe I waited so much time to read it, seriously, this book has been in my TBR for more than 6 months and now that I finally picked it up I just want to kick myself for waiting so long!

Marie Lu's writing style is unique, fresh, exhilarating and voracious. She always managed to kept my attention focused on the characters, their surroundigs and the action. Lots of action.
But let me clarify this, when I say action I mean two types. First the type that has bombs, guns, fighting and a lot of running. And then the type that has a lot of things going on no-stop, you know? The kind that doesn't let you breath and you are every so often opening your mouth in a big O and muttering things like "what?! how... when... what?!" or my favorite "*speachless* *gasp* *faning myself*" while my sister asks "What? What happened? You have to tell me!!!" 'Cause, you know, we spent this weekend together and she doesn't like to read as much as I do so I have to tell her the whole book in parts. Let's just say she loved my short version as much as I loved the book, hahaha.

I enjoyed to see the story from Day and June's POV; both of them gave depth to the plot in every page and their voices felt as real as life itself. In fact I would do anything to have the chance of reading Prodigy, the second book, right away.
I want to know what happens next, I want to fight alongside them and help them unravel the truth. I desperately want to share more moments in their company and get to know them better.

So yes, as you can tell I recommned this book a lot. Buy it, borrow it, don't know, I would say steal it but that would be bad so just ask your friends if they have it and I assure you that, after finishing it, you will buy your own copy and wait with me for book two :]

By theEPICrat 04 Feb 2012 5

In the words of Barney Stinson, this book is LEGEN...wait for it...DARY - and it definitely does not disappoint if you have been anxiously salivating for LEGEND since Kristin Nelson first mentioned it early 2011. Each page will grip you by the shirt and pull you deeper into this strange America where everything seems to function on cleverly-disguised lies. Who to trust, who to believe, who to discard, who to protect, is there anyone who is genuine enough to do the right thing after learning the truth?

THE GOOD BITS
{Reminescent of Ender's Game and Divergent} There are good books, and there are GREAT books that leave you feeling exhilarated after reading them - and it is always thrilling to discover new books like LEGEND that fall ahead of the curve. ENDER'S GAME is one of my gold standards, and I am more than happily surprised to discover 2 books this year that come close to its greatness. There is something riveting about having child prodigies discover that their adult superiors may be manipulating them and enact in a fit of rebellion.

{Day and June} I loved how well these two main characters played off each other. Although they came from different backgrounds, they both came to the chessboard with equal intelligence and resourcefulness. As much as I love Day, I will have to say that I favor June more. Most likely because she happens to be a girl who can kick butt both physically and mentally, but also because I think that LEGEND turned out to be more about June. Day may have greeted me at page 1 and had some problems of his own, but in my opinion, June did more of the dirty work of avenging her brother's death, going undercover to sniff out Day's whereabouts, learning the real truth about the Republic, and deciding whose side she wants to be on.

THE BAD BITS
{Not enough world-building} I had been hoping that LEGEND would go into how exactly North America split into two warring factions. While there is mention of the Republic and the Colonies, it does not come with a whole lot of details attached. LEGEND focuses more on the corruption within the Republic, and while that is all fascinating, how do the Colonies play into this? I am hoping the answers lie within the next book, especially considering Book 1 leaves Day and June on the very edge of new and even bigger chessboard.

THE OVERALL
LEGEND is well worth the wait - whether you read it now or wait until the rest of the series releases. Marie Lu has crafted a new world that stems from the familiar and branches into something wholly innovative. Smart, sensational, and oh-so-sicker-than-slick, LEGEND contains nothing but the best parts - and if a movie is in the making, all I have to say is: GAME ON!

By Jennie - My Cute Bookshelf 30 Nov 2011 5

In Legend, fifteen-year-old June is a highly intelligent member of the government. She has a great job and a very attentive brother. However, her life changes the day her brother dies. She's been told that he was a killed by Day. June decides to capture Day, who is basically uncapturable. However, things turn out different than what she expected when she finally finds him.

Legend has everything that I love in a story. The plot is action-packed and filled with unexpected twists. I found myself surprised with some of the events that happened in the story. They were surprising and shocking. I'll admit that I was heartbroken by some if the things that happened to some characters. Legend had quite a gloomy atmosphere, but it went perfectly with what the dystopian genre is about. This was one of the best books in the genre I've read this year. The setting was exciting, as it is a controlled city like no other I've ever read about. Also, the pacing of the story was perfect. I found myself reading this book in no time, as I wanted to know what would happen next throughout the story.

One of the aspects that I enjoyed the most about the story was the narration. I loved that Legend was told by both June and Day. It was great to get into the mind of both main characters. I loved getting to know each and what made them act the way they did. Day was such an awesome character. I loved him because he was a guy with a tortured past. He did the things he did to survive and help others, and I found it sweet. June was a great character. I enjoyed seeing her grow stronger through the book, even though she was kick-ass from the beginning. I liked seeing her change once she realized how bad things were. Even though she was strong from the start, June's change was noticeable through her actions and decisions. I loved each and every one of them.

Overall, I enjoyed this book greatly. It's definitely one of the best in the dystopian genre. Legend is a thrilling ride from start to finish. This book is a must for dystopian fans. I loved it and can't wait for the second book!

By Dani @ Refracted Light 26 Oct 2011 5

Set in a futuristic Los Angeles, the world of Legend is both oddly familiar and completely foreign. The United States no longer exists, and the western states have been enveloped into a new governmental entity known as the Republic - a militaristic state ruled by the ever-elected Elector Primo and Congress. Individual freedoms have been severely limited by the government and every citizen, at the age of 10, is required to take a trial or a test that will determine the course of one's life from that day forward. If a child scores high enough they will be granted a college education and a promising future with the Republic. If too low a score, the child will be sentenced to a life of dangerous menial labor, poverty and possibly infection by plague. Those who fail the test completely are sent to labor camps, all in service of the glorious Republic and Our Father, the Elector Primo.





Day is a boy who failed the test, a boy who knows firsthand the truth about what happens to the children who don't pass the the Republic's trial. Having escaped his fate, he now creates as much trouble for the Republic as he can by destroying military property, stealing supplies, and hindering the war effort against the Colonies. He steals, bets, and scrounges to survive on the streets, constantly on the watch for Republic patrols who consider him enemy number one. Intelligent, intuitive, confident, and endearingly cocky, Day is a hero and a symbol of hope for the Republic's less fortunate.





Day's primary concern though is caring for his family who, with the exception of his brother John, think him dead. He checks in on them from afar, provides for their needs when he is able and receives updates on their situation from John. When his family's front door is suddenly marked as infected by the plague patrols, Day is consumed by one goal only, an objective that will lead him down an irretraceable path.





June, on the other hand, was born into a life of privilege. On her tenth birthday she aced the Republic's trial becoming the only child to ever receive a perfect score. Now, the Republic's golden girl, she is receiving the best education possible, being prepared for a much-anticipated military career in service to Elector and country. Incredibly bright and often bored with her studies, June is something of a troublemaker at her university, challenging herself to new heights of achievement with stunts that are frowned upon by school officials. However, once her brother is murdered, June is pulled out of training and put into the field. No one has been able to catch the elusive miscreant-turned-murderer known as Day, and if anyone has a chance of catching him June's superior officer is betting on the Republic's vengeance-seeking, star pupil.





In addition to being extremely intelligent, June also displays a fierceness, a strategic mind, a sense of decency, and a hyper-intuitive eye. She is tough as nails, but she has a complete love for and an unshakable loyalty to her brother. Because of this vulnerability - this decision to love her family above the State - June becomes more likeable and more than just another mindless, propaganda-spouting drone. For readers who appreciate a strong, independent female lead, June is sure to please.





One of the recurring themes that appear in dystopian novels seems to be that of the state vs. the individual. It's fascinating how a group of people, such as the Republic soldiers, can be indoctrinated to the point that their compassion for the individual is no longer a factor in their thought process - that a single human life or multiple lives can be stolen without a second thought, without any empathy at all. The Republic pawns have been robbed of their conscience, or perhaps they consciously choose to ignore that little nagging doubt, so that they may instead enjoy power, privilege and safety. It just never ceases to amaze how people can go along with such atrocities so blindly, and more horrifyingly perhaps, believing in the rightness of their actions. The overall blind devotion to the State, the unwillingness or inability for independent analytical thought, the substitution of the government modus operandi for one's personal/religious moral code is terrifying, and Lu communicates this very effectively.





In addition to the wonderful characters and the interesting themes, the plot of this story is also very compelling. While not, perhaps the most complicated of mysteries when all is said and done, it's woven together well, and half the enjoyment of the mystery lies in the way that it's presented, is it not? It's well-paced, the danger is convincing and Lu is able to capture a real sense of gravity - a sense of helplessness and pain in the face of overwhelming odds - and it propels the reader through this story with the hope that June and Day will somehow be able to overcome the obstacles they face. Told in tandem by June and Day, Legend is yet another book that employs a shift in first-person narrator from chapter to chapter. And it is another book that uses the device quite well, as the reader is given a front row seat to June and Day's thoughts and motivations.





Overall, Legend is dystopia well done. A fantastic debut that's bound for the keeper shelf.

By SpadesHigh 04 Sep 2011 5

Legend by Marie Lu is AWESOME!! I really liked the flow that Marie Lu vividly illustrated through her well written story. I was surprised on how deeply engaged I was because I had my doubts with the simplicity of its cover, but within that cover there is nothing simple about it.

Rich in action, intrigue, and suspense, a dystopian novel that will keep you awake through all hours of the night. Legend beckons you and I can't help but to ask for more!

Daniel "Day" Altan Wing took his trials when he was only 10 years old. Every kid in the Republic takes their trials at 10. It decides whether they will be placed in the higher rankings of society or be one among the back breaking laborers living in the slums. And Day was among those who failed. With poor results he was taken into the labor camps along with the other children who didn't receive high scores. The twist is, there isn't such a thing as the labor camps. And all those who went, never came back or seen again.
June is the prodigy of the Republic. She is the only one who scored a perfect 1500 on her trials. A bright future is ahead for her; and at such a young age (15 years) she's already a well decorated officer. Everything runs smoothly for June until Day comes along and kills her older brother, Metias. Left with no parents and now her brother, she begins her agenda of bringing down the Republic's elusive criminal, Day, and she's going to make sure he's going to get what he deserves.

Legend by Marie Lu alternates from Day's voice to June's, but you will never mistake who your reading. Along with each character having their own designated color text, Day's being gold text and June's being black, each of the two is a distinct character with two complete different voices. I am amazed on how fluid I read Legend. It doesn't skip a beat; when June stops her tale Day picks it right back up where she left off. Another favorite I will add to my collection. I am on the edge of my seat eager for Legend's sequel!!
I RECOMMEND!!

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"?a well-written, emotionally satisfying read..." ? "VOYA", starred review "?cinematic adventure featuring endearing, compelling heroes." ? "Kirkus", starred review "?the delicious details keep pages turning?" ? "Booklist", starred review "?many dystopian books are filling the shelves, but this book stands out." ? "LMC", starred review "Lu's debut is a stunner." ? "Publisher's Weekly", starred review