Thursday, January 5, 2012

Review: Legend by Marie Lu

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  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/29/2011
  • Format: CD
(copy won from giveaway hosted by A Life Bound By Books)

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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.

My Thoughts

I had been hearing so many great things about this book and I was really excited to read it. I won an audio book version from A Life Bound By Books. I have listened to audio books before, but this is my first time actually reviewing one. I absolutely loved the book. The characters are very well developed and the story progressed at a great pace. I loved hearing the book switch back and forth from Day's perspective to June's. They are both such strong, smart characters full passion for the things they believe in. The narrators for the audio book were fantastic. They really portrayed the characters well.

I instantly liked Day. He is a very compassionate and caring person. He is not just a lowly criminal. I really loved getting to know his character and why he is a "criminal" on the streets. There is so much to the story of Day, and I was shocked at how things unfolded.

June is a very likable character too. She is The Republic's prodigy. Perfect score on the test. She is also a bit of a trouble maker, which is fun. We first meet her when she is getting in trouble for scaling the side of a building off campus. She's very smart, strong, and brave. She is insightful, and not someone to mess with.

I loved the interactions between Day and June, both when she didn't know who he really was, and especially after. There is so much more going on than you would think at first. There are a lot of surprises. This story is so well crafted and intriguing. It really blew me away! It is now solidly in my top favorites for dystopian novels. It's action packed, suspenseful, emotional, and just phenomenal. This book is a must read! 5 out of 5 stars


  1. Great review Amy I'd be curious what this one is like on audio. I loved the book and really enjoyed both characters! Glad you liked it too! :)

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  2. I loved Legend, too! The characters were great, and the story was addicting! I'm glad the audio version did Legend justice. :) Great review, Amy!
    - Lauren

  3. Thanks you Giselle and Lauren. The audio was really done very well. I really enjoyed it. I would like to actually read the book though. I feel like I get the story so much better when I am the one reading it.

  4. Hi! I'm afraid that I didn't love Legend as much as 99% of the people did. I admit, though, I'm not a huge dystopian fan. I would be very curious to listen to it. The right narrator makes a huge difference.
    I'm goad you enjoyed Legend. Great review!

  5. Right??? I LOVED this one hardcore chick! Seriously!!!

  6. This book was seriously amazing! I am really glad I have it on audio so I can listen to it over and over again. :)

  7. I haven't read this one yet. It may sound totally snobbish of me, but...its that blasted cover. LOL It just..turns me off for some reason. But I've heard so many rave reviews for it. I may listen to the audio, I love a good audio and it can be hard to find one sometimes if the narrator is crap. I'll have to check this one out. Awesome review! :)

  8. Crissy, that's so funny because I didn't want to read it at first either because the cover didn't attract me. Let me tell you, this is where the "don't judge a book by it's cover" thing comes in. This is a really well done audio. Usually I stay away from audio because I am worried that it will ruin the book for me, but this one is awesome!

  9. This sounds fantastic. So happy you enjoyed it so much! :-D I haven't listened to many audiobooks but so many of them only have one person talking and they just change the inflextion of their voice per's nice to see one that actually had multiple narrators. :-D


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