Book: Legend by Marie Lu

Book Info: Published by Putnam Juvenlie; 305 pages; hardcover; borrowed from the library

Goodreads Summary: 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 finally read Legend!  I am so torn about this book, because I’ve been hearing about it for a while, and I’m not sure if it lives up to all the hype.

There are quite a few things I like.  I thought Day and June were interesting characters, and there were things about the world they lived in that were really interesting.  There’s the Republic and the Colonies, and the conflict between the 2 is really interesting, as is the plague that comes up in the Republic every year.  There’s a lot of mystery, and a lot of action, which keep me interested for most of the book.

I thought the dual narration was interesting, and I thought it worked rather well.  You get 2 different sides of the story, and it actually felt like 2 separate people were narrating the story.  That was a nice change, because usually, the narrators sound exactly the same.  What was also interesting, and very different, was the fact that the font for Day was a completely different size, color, and font type than the one for June.  That made it really easy to tell who was narrating.

But.  I want to know more about what happened between the East Coast and the West Coast (or Colonies and Republic).  Why are they fighting?  What is going on with the plagues and is it really engineered?  What is the Republic hiding?  Did they alter Day’s Trial results as part of some weird experiment?  And what is going on with his brother?

There were two many things that were left unanswered, and there wasn’t a lot to it.  I expected…more from it.  Not only that, but the “romance” felt random.  Like it was thrown because a dash of romance was needed.

I give it a 3 out of 5.  I liked it, but it was a little lacking.

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