November 4, 2011

Legend - Marie Lu

Young Adult
Pages: 336 pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: November 29, 2011

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.

Whoa. whoa. I LOVE DAY! Haven't had a crush in a dystopian book-boy in a while. But... Oh, Day!

Wonderful pacing, great plot, dizzying sexiness, heart-pumping action, and one of the yummiest heroes this year! Plus, the messed-up futuristic factor, and all the mystery around what is really going on, left me thirsty, craving more!

This book was like, EXACTLY everything I enjoy. First of all, dystopia. Set in a future America where California is part of the 'Republic' and they are in war against the 'Colonies'. We are not given much details of how the politics work yet, but the world building was fantastic. You can feel the chaos of the setting flowing out of the pages.

Second, tough-as-steel characters. Day and June and virtually the same person in opposite sex and opposite worlds. I love a strong heroine that can practically match up to the yummy hero. Which takes me to the third point.

Day, Day, Day. I love Day. Day reminds me a lot of Han from Cinda William's Chima's Seven Realms. So, he reminds me of one of my biggest literary crushes so it's safe to say he is now one of my biggest literary crushes as well. And Day is even more special because it's hard not to connect and fall for the male character a bit more when the story is told in his pov. And by this I mean that Marie Lu rocked the alternating povs! Even though the characters are so similar, the voices were uniquely different. And whereas June's had the vulnerability and softness of a girl (I don't mean this as a sexist comment but it's true), Day's was dry and acid, just like he is. Not that he's not vulnerable, because he is, but he just doesn't show it the same way.

The action was non-stop, the twists were full of surprises, and the romance was sexy and thrilling and perfect. Definitely one of the sexiest and most heart-pumping romances I've read in a dystopian book. The next book cannot come fast enough! I need MORE now!

One of my favorites of 2011 for sure!


  1. Great review! Day seems like a really lovable hero. :) Definitely need to read this book.

  2. I loved it too! I need some more Day asap!


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