June 22, 2012

Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Title: Legend

Series: Book 1

Author: Marie Lu

Published: 2011

Edition Read: Purchased e-book

Pages:  E-book edition

Grade Level Recommended: High School

Overall: I could not put this book down. It was so much fun to read that I would be falling asleep before I would actually put my Nook away. I had to or else I would just keep reading it! I can't wait to see what happens next in Prodigy.

Summary (From Barnes and Noble) : 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.

My Thoughts: While I really, really loved Legend I have to say that a lot of what happened in the book was met with some sense of me knowing what would happen next. The story was really good, and I can't say what it was that was predictable about the book without giving too much away, but it was slightly predictable. That being said I could't stop reading it. From the moment that June was scolded by her older brother for climbing up the side of building to the moment that Day saw the strange X marked on his family's front door I was hooked.

I would read this book at night before bed, just as I do a lot of my reading, but it was always a mistake because I had to know what happened next. I had to know what June would do after the death of her brother. I had to know how Day would wiggle his way out of yet another problem. I had to know, and that quality in this book alone made me love it.

Recommended For: Mid-to-high school students who like Science Fiction-y reads. Lovers of the Hunger Games or Divergent would definitely love this book.

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