If you dig dystopian novels then Legend is the beginning of a trilogy that you’re going to want to sink your teeth into
THIS BOOK!!! Guess what I’m feeling??? ALL THE FEELS!!!!!
Its also been a while since I’ve read a good dystopian book so I’m glad I picked up this one.
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.
Reading time: 1 day
The first book in the series may not be up to the standard of the others but it started the series with a BANG!
The book was not only amazingly fast paced but gripping with a steady direction and beautiful prose. The plot was always moving, although at some points the book seemed to drag on.
The story is narrated in two point of views. We have June who is a ‘prodigy’. She is smart, skilled and just an amazing character who carried the story really well. She was not only strong willed but tough. We then have Day who is loveable and also really smart (all these geniuses did wonders for my self esteem). He is so genuinely nice and sweet throughout the book. These two characters live different lives. Day being the most wanted criminal in the republic of America and June their sweetheart. Faith causes them to cross paths.
The romance between them was slightly rushed, with them googly eyed by second day together. They do click, they do make sense but it could have been better executed. I do recognise the chemistry was there.
The romance was as undeveloped as the world.
The alternate world created was not fleshed out and more would have been appreciated. We knew nothing but the basic details , nothing deeper or stronger.
We don’t get to really learn more about the world till book 2….
Reading time: 1 day
Book two is even better than one. Marie Lu WOWED me and this book is on a whole other level than the first book. Marie Lu gives us MORE.
We get MORE world building.
The world was taken to another level with facts, new settings and more detail. The blurred lines were made clearer and we got to explore different settings. There was MORE character development.
This book was also narrated by Day and June that we know (and love) from book one. They are definitely strong enough characters to carry the book. And trust me this book is intense.
The characters were already well done in book one but in book two they become real fleshed out people. This in turn makes the relationship between Day and June more intense and amazing. The characters are much more complex and there is the gray area of neither good/bad. The characters are put in so many emotionally draining situations .. it’s great 🙂
We get MORE plot and story development
The plot already had a direction and the road to the end is so action filled. The plot gets deeper and deeper. The whole book is fast paced which is ideal for the high-stakes plot. There are so many twists and turns that we don’t see coming.
The biggest twist was at the end and was probably on everyone’s mind when picking up book three…
Reading time: 7 days
The series was taken to a whole other level with this book. Altough it was slow at times and you would find yourself bored it was great overall.
As I said, unlike the rest of the books this is very slow in pace. That is for the most part but towards the end it was too rushed and I was not able to process all the things thrown at me.
There were so many twists thrown at me too!
Some twists we see coming others we don’t but either way it all came together to make this story as enjoyable as it was… Which was very, very enjoyable.
The character development was amazing and it was great to see them mature even more. We even get an epilogue which gives us more insight into the lives. We come to respect all the relationships, especially between Day and June. The ending although many hated it, I thought it was a necessary addition.
Have you read any of Marie Lu’s work? Do you love her as much as I do? Any recommendations for post-legend depression? Do yo agree with the ending of champion? Share please!