Saturday, 8 September 2012

Legend by Marie Lu

Born into the slums of Los Angeles, fifteen-year old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. A mysterious boy with no recorded image or fingerprints. A boy who should no longer exist. A boy who watches over his family until one evening, when the plague patrols mark his family’s door with an X—the sign of plague infection. A death sentence for any family too poor to afford the antidote. Desperate, Day has no choice; he must steal it.

Born to an elite family in Los Angeles’ wealthy Ruby sector, fifteen-year old June is the Republic’s most promising prodigy. A superintelligent girl destined for great things in the country’s highest military circles. Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country—until the day her brother Metias is murdered while on patrol during a break-in at the plague hospital.

Only one person could be responsible.


And now it’s June’s mission to hunt him down.

The truth they’ll uncover will become legend.
Legend (Legend, #1)Legend was a short read: to the point and full of action. Not necessarily a page-turner, but pretty close. It followed the typical dystopian pattern, which was by no means something wrong with the book, but after reading The Hunger Games, Divergent, etc., it can get a bit repetitive. Overall, it was a great book, but I did have a few problems with it, which I will explain belooooooooow...
Predictability was the main problem for me throughout this book. From the minute the whole incident with Metias occured, I could tell something wasn't quite right. The descriptions were sometimes so specific, you could tell it was calling out 'REMEMBER ME, I'M IMPORTANT' all over the place. Some of the hints that should have been dropped a little more subtly were planted all over the book like big road signs. For example, at the end of a dream, Day says he thinks someone is going to die. And they do.
INSTA-LOVE INSTA-LOVE INSTA-LOVE. Okaaaay, it wasn't that bad, but it was definitely there. Day and June (that's so not a spoiler, who else would the relationship focus around?) seem to meet and become besotted with each other within the first day of meeting. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight had less insta-love than this book, and it's set over 24 hours. There was very little relationship building, and it did seem a little forced at the start. I did grow to like the relationship, but the beginning was toooooooooooooo quick.
OKAY, negativity over with, let's discuss what I did like. Day and June were both very strong characters; June wasn't weak, Day wasn't overly strong. Looved them. The action never stopped, something was always happening, I wasn't left hanging for anything for too long, making the book short and to the point. Loved that as well!
Overall, I'm going to give Legend 4 stars. I can't wait for the next book. I recommend you check it out if you like dystopians!

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