Thursday, August 6, 2015

Legend by Marie Lu


Title: Legend (Legend #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult, Science Fiction
Published: November 2011

My Rating: 3/5

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.



Well, another nice dystopian novel :) I've seen a lot of people talking about this series and it really caught my attention, especially since I really enjoy this genre and (like you may already know) strong female leads. So let's just start with that.

June is a prodigy that everyone has their eye on. In the Republic, when children turn 10 years old, they have to take a test that will determine their future. Of course, June passes with flying colors and actually gets a perfect score, something that has never happened before.

Can I say how much this reminded me of Pokémon? I mean, how do you expect little children to go on with their lives after a test of this magnitude that decides everything for them!! It's way too soon, they're babies!... In Pokémon, I never understood how parents could let their 10-year-olds leave home and explore a world with dangerous creatures roaming the place... on their own!!

All right, maybe it's not exactly the same, but to me it felt like that. If I had to choose, I'd make them take the test when they're like 18 or something, to me that's more realistic... not that a dystopian world where children are forced to take a test and put to work according to their results (or that's what they tell us) is something I'd want to happen, but you get the point.

All right! So... We already know that Metias is going to die, we know it. We know it's what makes the story happen and what brings June and Day together... but how are we supposed to just wait for it and feel nothing?! D:


Spoilers ahead.

I really liked Metias. He was an incredibly sweet brother and, after losing their parents, you don't want poor June to go through more stuff like that. She's a nice girl... I came to like her a lot, I must say, I just loved how much attention she paid to little details! It was amazing... But yeah, I felt really sorry for her.

So she later goes on a mission to find Day, since he's the only suspect they've found, but really, how lucky was she to find him just like that! That was way too much luck... For a moment I felt like things were happening too quickly, she's suddenly pretending to be from the streets, she finds Day, they kiss (just like that, it just happened) and BAM! They're at his house and his mom is dead... which brings me to Thomas... Oh my God, what a big jerk!!! How can someone who obviously has ice cold water flowing through his veins have a crush on a girl... how does that happen?? Oh, oh! And that girl is of course the sister of someone he used to call friend but then killed... He's a total keeper!


I was also surprised to see how Metias left all that information for June... I think the worst place to leave something so important for someone to find would be the Internet. So why, Metias? Why? Why a blog? I don't know how no-one found that before June... or how she found it at all!! The clues were way too difficult, how could Metias just die and be all "Yeah, I'm cool, I'm cool. My sister's gonna solve that." Noo, Metias! Too risky, I say! Everything about it was just too risky...

Finally the truth is out, June knows about the Republic's plans and wants to save Day... which she does! But his poor older brother dies... I was really, really hoping they would all survive. His brother was so very nice! Why do bad things happen to good people? :'(

Well, even though the story is really nice, I didn't love this book. But I would definitely recommend it, especially if you liked The Hunger Games or Divergent. It's just that it didn't suck me in and that's what I usually expect when I read a book.


Have you read this book? Any other dystopian novels you'd recommend?

Thank you for reading! Bye-Bye! 

24 comments:

  1. Would you like to follow each on GFC, FB, Instagram and G+?

    vivianista.com

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    1. Of course! You have an amazing blog! :)

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  2. It's too bad that you didn't think that this book was great, but thank you for the review ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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    1. Yeah, I was a little disappointed, since I really like this genre :(

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  3. I read up until the spoilers part! I do want to try this book at some point and I am glad you were able to like it even though it seemed a bit like a typical dystopian at times.

    Following you on bloglovin now! And thanks for the comment on my blog <3

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    1. That's great! I hope you like it a lot! :D
      Aww thank you so much for the support, I really appreciate it! Your blog is amazing! ^-^

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  4. I love that Pokemon GIF hahaa, such a shame you didn't enjoy this book! I loved Metias also he was like the perfect big brother, I hated that he died :(
    Great Review, I'm following you via GFC!
    Cody @ Literary-ly Obsessed

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    1. Hahaha me too! I couldn't stop staring at it when I found it :D
      I knoow, he was the sweetest brother! I also hate that he died, and that we already know that he's going to die! :(
      Thank you so much for the support!! ^-^

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  5. I've always wanted to read this book, so I didn't want to read past the spoilers, but your review got me even more intrigued! I normally love dystopian stories so I think I will also really like this one :)

    Hope you're having a wonderful day! :)

    Florentine @ Readiculously Peachy

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    1. Yes, this book is pretty much everywhere! I also like this genre a lot, that's why I really wanted to read it :) I hope you like it!
      And thank you so much!! I hope you're also having an amazing day! ^-^

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  6. did not read the books ) ) ) interests post!
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  7. The series gets better as it continues, but I don't quite get the hype like so many others out there.

    I never thought of the whole pokemon thing before right now! :)

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    1. Huh, really? If that's the case then I might give the next book a try! Thanks for telling me that! :)

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  8. Thanks for following me. I've now followed you back and I am your #77 follower.

    vivianista.com

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  9. I loved this book! I've got the sequel to read. Never watched or read Pokemon, so have no idea if it is similar, but will take your word for it. Love the Supernatural gif! Great review!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it! Maybe it just wasn't for me? :( Hahaha I used to LOVE Pokemon when I was little <3
      Thank you so much! ^-^

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  10. I really enjoy the dystopian genre, such a shame it didn't live up to its peers! Followed you on Bloglovin' :) x

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    1. Me too! Yeah, I was really sad since a lot of people seem to like it :(
      Thank you so much for the support! ^-^

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  11. Sorry you didn't really enjoy this one all that much. I'm not a huge fan of dystopia- I feel like they all sound a bit too much like each other. I really loved the Hunger Games books though!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah, it's a shame :( haha I do know what you mean, they're all very similar, that's true. The Hunger Games is awesome!! <3

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  12. I'm sorry to hear you just didn't love this book, Carla. I've yet to read a Marie Lu book, but since Legend has been receiving so many positive reviews, I've been meaning to check it out. I'll be sure to approach with caution when I do!

    Julia Anne @ Peach Print

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    1. Yeah, a lot of people seem to love it :( but maybe you will too! I don't know, maybe it just wasn't for me? It was all right.

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