Thursday, 3 November 2016

Legend by Marie Lu - non-spoiler review.

Hi booklovers

At the beginning of September I did the 'Try a chapter tag' and the book I started reading because of that was Legend by Marie Lu. I'm finally getting around to posting my non-spoiler review.

Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA, dystopia
Format: paperback

Day is Los Angeles' most wanted criminal. He's been taunting the Republic for a number of years now. Together with his friend Tess he roams the streets of L.A.
June is the Republic's best military student and she is destined for great things within the military. When June's brother Metias is killed, every finger points to Day and June starts to hunt him down. However, she soon discovers that not everything is what it seems.

-Day: He's a 15 year old boy who pretends to be dead in order to protect his family. He tries to boycott the Republic whenever he can.
Day is the kind of characters that immediately speaks to you. You feel for his situation and you sympathise with everything he does.

-June: Also 15 years old, June, at first, seems the complete opposite of Day. She firmly believes everything the Republic says or does. She regards the Colonies as the enemy. Her future has been planned out for her: she will graduate ahead of time and go on to a brilliant career in the military, just like her brother. But then her brother gets killed and her sole purpose becomes finding her brother's killer. I found June to be an intriguing character. She goes through some character development, going from believing everything the Republic tells her to questioning everything she knows.

This story has a typical dystopia-feel to it: the lay-out of the world has been changed completely because of several wars and conflicts, the 'good guys' vs the 'rebels', people being oppressed vs those in control, the oppressed trying to take control... It has been a while since I read a dystopian story, so I really enjoyed it. Sure, there are some typical dystopian elements that could be considered as tropes, but I found the different aspects of the society to be well explained. Also, the whole plague storyline was well executed.

*Overall rating:
Like I said in the beginning, Legend was the book that stood out to me after doing the 'Try a chapter' tag and it didn't disappoint. I have already read the sequels and the novella - reviews to come.

Have you read this book? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments.

Bye for now


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