‘Legend’ by Marie Lu [Book Review]

Full steam ahead. Following my horrific reading slump, I finally appear to be out of the woods: today I finished my fourth book of the month, Legend by Marie Lu for the 2016 Reading Challenge.

Title: Legend
Author: Marie Lu
Released: 2011
Pages: 295
Category: #29 A dystopian novel
Rating: 7/10

“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.”

On a par with Divergent, with smatterings of The Hunger Games, Legend is the first in a YA dystopian trilogy, set in a dystopian Los Angeles, it is told from the perspectives of two fifteen year-olds. June is the nation’s prodigy, scoring a perfect 1500 on her Trial. Day is arguably the nation’s most wanted criminal, running wild having failed his Trial and being outcast by society. Their separate worlds soon become one, following the murder of June’s beloved brother, Metias: suspect number one, Day.

The plot follows June’s task of capturing Day and bringing him to justice, whilst simultaneously questioning the government she so devoutly serves. It is fast paced, with short, snappy alternating perspective chapters, and strong character development.


I really enjoyed this novel; the pacing was excellent, and the characters were well described and likeable (particularly Metias). I love the fact that the direction of the series is left wide open, with plot threads allowing for development in several areas. The only thing I take issue with is the ages of June and Day: fifteen seems incredibly young and innocent to be as independently influential as they are (maybe this is a trope I’ll write a discussion post on in the future?!) Despite my gripes, it holds great promise for the remainder of the series.

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