I hope everyone had a great weekend! Today, we’re going to talk about a book that I just finished recently: Legend by Marie Lu. This is one of the audiobooks that I grabbed from the library recently. I had heard so many great things about the Legend series, and I loved all of Marie Lu’s other books that I read (the Young Elites series and Warcross) so I was super excited to read (listen to…) this one! Now, on to my review!
Legend Goodreads|Amazon 4/5 Stars
Quick Summary : Legend takes place in a dystopian future in which the US has been split into the Republic (where our story takes place) and the Colonies. The Republic and the Colonies are war with each other, and due to this constant state of warfare, the highest class in the Republic are those in the military. One of our narrators, 15 year old June Iparis was born into one of these elite military families. June is also the only person in the Republic to have ever scored a perfect 1500 on the trial (a test taken when residents of the Republic are 10 that decides whether they are able to go to high school and college, enter the workforce, or are sent of to labor camps). Our other narrator, Day, also 15, comes from one of the slums in the Lake sector of LA. Day failed his trial, but instead of being sent to a labor camp, the government tried to kill him. He escaped and is now the most notorious criminal in the Republic. After Day becomes a suspect in the killing of June’s brother (a high ranking captain in the military), June is tasked with what has been impossible for anyone else to accomplish: finding Day. As June works to find Day, and Day works to keep his sick family from dying, they start to uncover some of the secrets that the government is keeping. Maybe everything they’ve believed their whole lives hasn’t been true after all, and maybe the only way to fix things in the Republic is for them to work together.
Overall, I gave this book 4 starts out of 5. It was an interesting read, and I love Marie Lu’s writing style! I do think that I would have enjoyed it more had I been physically reading a copy of Legend rather than just listening to an audiobook, because the narrators’ voices and inflections were not my favorite. I really enjoyed how we got to hear both June and Day’s perspectives with the alternating points of view. I normally have mixed feelings about switching narrators within a book, but I thought it worked really well here. I was also a little confused about how these characters were 15. They seemed more like 17/18 than 15- I honestly thought Day definitely was like 19 until he told June that he was 15.
I think besides the plot being good, this book was really driven by the characters. Not only did I feel drawn into the main characters and their lives, but I also really liked all of the side characters. It felt like there was a lot of thought put into each and every one of them (even Ollie, my favorite dog!) and I really appreciated that!
All in all, was this my favorite book? Not really. Do I recommend it to others? Yes for sure! It may not be in my top books read this year, but it’s definitely one that I don’t regret picking up!
Have you read Legend? Leave me a comment below and let me know what you thought of the book and my review!