Review: Legend by Marie Lu

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.
Summary from Goodreads:

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' 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:

I'm not totally sure how to word this review. I really, really wanted to love Legend. I really did. It got a lot of hype, I've seen great reviews on it, and it's selling really well.

But, I just didn't... love it.

I think my main problem was that there was almost too much detail and not enough at the same time. I felt like about a quarter of the detail there was in the book could have been left out, and then from there the book needed to be about twice as long as it was. I never felt like I fully understood the world of Legend, and I never really loved the characters that much. I hate to say it, but I think Legend is a book that I won't remember much about 6 months from now.

Man, I feel terrible writing this review...

I will say that I will read the next book. I do think it may be better, with more world building and more development behind the characters.

3.5 out of 5 stars.


Leigh Covington said...

Bummer. It's hard to give a bad review, but... it happens. I enjoyed this book. I thought the plot was interesting and I liked the conflict that she was faced with. You're right though - it would have been cool to know "more" about the world.

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I applaud her passion in encouraging more people to help out, as she had mentioned that perhaps the others who have not been helping had not seen the severity of the damage, that this was a calamity unlike any other that the country had ever seen

Dushan Marc said...

I think its not possible to be legend into any field of life without struggle. As current i am doing work and i am legend in my work. But all my status is meaning less if i said that i get this status without hardwork.

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