Legend by Marie Lu
4 of 5 stars
In a dystopian future, June Iparis is a military prodigy who goes undercover to hunt down her brother’s killer, the Republic’s most wanted criminal, known simply as Day.
I know he’s going to be there. He needs plague meds desperately enough. And him showing up is all I hope for tonight — a clue, a starting point, a narrower direction, something personal about this boy criminal.
This book has been on my to-read list for quite some time, and with its sequel, Prodigy coming out recently, I decided to finally pick it up. When I read about Lu’s inspiration for this book coming from Les Miserables, I was even more excited to delve in, and I found I was not disappointed.
From the very first chapters, this story is filled with action, daring, and a female heroine who is strong, smart, and courageous. Though a bit predictable, this first book has effectively built the world and set the scene for the rest of the series, creating what’s sure to be a Divergent-meets-Hunger Games action-packed adventure.
There were, however, some rather brutally violent scenes, including some torture scenes that made me cringe — they served their purpose, but as a general rule, I prefer fiction to be less explicit about torture. Also, it’s a good thing that my hardcover had Day’s narratives in gold and June’s in black, because their voices lacked any distinguishable differences.
Overall: An action-packed start to an exciting YA dystopian series.
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