BOOK REVIEW: ‘Legend’ by Marie Lu

“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.”
― Marie Lu, Legend

 

Before I even start this review I want to apologize for this god-awful cover picture! It looked totally fine and crystal clear on my phone, but for some reason when I sent it to myself it turned blue (???) and very grainy. Please forgive me! The photos I usually take on my Instagram are so much better! Anyways, on to the review 🙂

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GOODREADS RATING: 4.18/5.0
MY RATING: 3.0/5.0

‘Legend’, by author Marie Lu, is the first book in a Y.A dystopian trilogy. It takes place in a far-future United States, or rather, what is left of it. After a big war and several natural disasters the country has been split into two; the Republic and the Colonies.

June Iparis is seen as a national prodigy of the Republic; a teen genius who is basically being raised in the military to fight against the Colonies and their attempt to overthrow the country. Meanwhile, a teenage fugitive known as ‘Day’ runs the filthy streets of the Republic fighting back against its military, and doing anything it takes to survive.

June takes on the task of hunting this boy down as an inside job, but after his capture, she discovers many horrible secrets which suggest that her totalitarian-esque country may not be as great as it seems.

This is my second time reading this book; the first being back in 2016. I decided to actually complete the series, but I remembered next to nothing about this book, hence my reread. Don’t get my wrong; I genuinely enjoyed reading this book both times, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have complaints.

The first being Marie Lu’s writing; as a writer myself I find characterization to be highly important to the complexity and intrigue of a story; this book is written from two different POV’s, and the way Marie Lu writes offers little to no distinction between the two character’s narration.

I guess something could be said for her consistency as a writer, but that’s not such a great thing when you’re trying to write as two different people, and each one seems exactly the same. The sentence structures also irked me a bit; her writing is very choppy with too many periods and not enough commas.

The story as a whole doesn’t really offer anything new to the table; the main characters are star-crossed lovers who can’t help but note how beautiful the other is at the most awkward or inconvenient of times, and the plot is very predictable. Every ‘turn’ or new discovery the author throws at us can be seen coming at least a couple of chapters before hand.

As a whole though, this is a really fun and entertaining story; it’s something that’s fast-passed and very easy to lose yourself in. Despite being sightly stiff and unrealistic, the main characters’ (June and Day’s) romance has great chemistry with an alleyway makeout scene that makes me blush and all giggly each time I read it.

This book is not for people who like ‘deep reading’ as I call it; some people may be underwhelmed by the simplicity of the story and how fast the plot moves along, but over all this book has great entertainment value, and that’s why I gave it three stars. I’ll be moving on to the second and third book in this trilogy, and my biggest hope is that they will mature and become more complex, and a little less predictable.


Have you ever read the ‘Legend’ trilogy, or is it on your TBR? Which of the three was your favorite or least favorite book? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for sticking around,

-Kaitie

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  1. Don’t feel bad about the picture. I take terrible ones that blur because of 1. I can’t stop moving for some reason. Or 2. My cat wants to be pet at the same time I take pictures. I do like deep reading which is why I stay away from YA books. I like intrigue and week deep creepiness sometimes.

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