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Book Review: Legend

15753977Legend by Marie Lu

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Legend attempts to shed light on what would happen if we had socialized medicine, relied on family history or test scores to determine our future (ha!), and did not put a cap on how many terms an elected official could serve as leader of our nation. In Legend, America is divided in two ways: Colonies vs. Republic and rich vs. poor.

Legend is told from two different perspectives, which seems to be happening more often in literature. June and Day come from two different parts of the same world and are featured with similar intelligence and skills. I favored June’s actions over Day’s, however, both characters were annoying and the plot was abrupt. The text would be flowing smoothly for awhile, useful imagery scattered here and there…and then Day would say something to provoke an eye roll from me. If it hadn’t been such a fast-paced read, I would have put it down. I want to like Day, and I appreciate what he stands for. Although he’s revolutionary, which is what the world in Legend needs, I only like him when his mouth his shut. His overconfidence in his abilities and in his looks are his hubris, and overconfidence is not something I find attractive in a character.

June I am much more on board with. With her upbringing and family status, she was born to be a government agent, but according to the government she works for, she asks too many questions. She causes too much trouble. This is why we, the readers, love her, though. June’s character saves the book for me. Although she was born into the Republic and expected for it to be perfect, she gets a shock early into the book that causes her to refocus. Maybe her perfect, cozy world is not as it seems. As June learns about the destructive power the Republic holds, her perspective helps the reader to understand Lu’s simple dystopian society a little more.

One major problem I had with this series is we’re thrust directly into the action of the novel without much knowledge of the world in which the plot takes place. We know it’s divided and is completely unfair, but that’s about it. Lu does not construct enough of her world before the action ensues, and for this and for her annoying characters, I had to give it a 3/5. There were too many rough patches for me to issue a higher rating, but about halfway through, where most books tend to fall apart, Legend picked up and came together some. Had this not happened, I was more than prepared to give it a 2/5.

From a kid’s perspective, I can see this book holding a higher weight, but for me, it does not live up to the hype. Most likely, I will still complete the series despite the lack of joy this book gave me. It was entertaining enough, and I am anxious to see how Lu’s world crumbles in Prodigy. I also tend to favor the middle book in any series, so I’m hoping for more from book two.

Goodreads Rating: 4.19
Recommended for: Dystopian Lovers, The Politically Minded, Action Packers
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