Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Legend by Marie Lu

Author: Marie Lu
Pages: 336
Publication Date: April 16, 2013
Publisher: Speak

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.

I have a thing for hyped books. I tend to gravitate toward them because usually I'm guaranteed an awesome read, but Legend, failed to do so. It wasn't bad per se, but it was disappointing. The characters and the plot were excellent, but how the author presented it, was the key reason why I didn't enjoy it as much.

The first one-hundred sixty pages were so predictable. She dropped the biggest hint in the beginning which made it boring. I knew exactly what was going to happen and how it was going to end. If the author left it only June's perspective or Day's, instead of having both of theirs, it would have been more satisfying.

As I said in the beginning, the characters were excellent. Day is a criminal, striving off of stolen food and money. He hopes to collect enough money so that he could buy a vial that could heal his brother, Eden. I loved how Day was so willingly to do anything for his family. I loved June. She was exceptionally smart and totally kicks butt! Hearing her thoughts and how she deciphers a person was so interesting. It kind of reminded me of Sherlock in a way. June is out on the streets, searching for her brother's murderer, Day. By all means, she will do whatever it takes to seek revenge for her brother, Metias.

The book is split into two parts. The first one being predictable and the second one, not as much. Though I didn't like the first one, the second part totally made up for it, raising it up a star. It probably would have been a four star if it wasn't insta love between the two characters.

Legend was slightly disappointing but I hope that Prodigy will be much better than the first one.


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