Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)Legend by Marie Lu

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

Yay for gold font in the print versions!

Characters: I love that girls are portrayed as fierce, intelligent heroines in books these days. June is a very strong character with a curiosity that leads to a bit of trouble. Regarding Day, I liked his caring nature. He loved his family, making sacrifices for then. He too was a smart and strong character. I enjoy stories in which the main characters shouldn't love each other, but I thought that June and Day's relationship wasn't developed enough for them to have true love for each other. Their love seemed only as strong as a crush. Lastly, I admired the racial diversity of the characters, the progress in society evident in literature.

Plot: So we have ourselves another futuristic, dystopian where there's an overthrow of government. I thought the plot was alright, but I'm getting tired of all the attempts at this genre. I heard that the next book in the series is absolutely amazing, so ill be sure to check it out.

Movie: the film rights were bought even before the book was published. The screenplay has been written.  The casting for this will be a challenge, especially for Day. I've never even heard of a blonde Asian, but obviously its possible because Marie Lu posted this picture on her blog:


In an interview with MTV, Marie mentioned that she envisioned Metias as Ben Barnes while she was writing.  For no other character did she picture an actor/actress playing him/her.

Hailee Steinfeld is a popular fan choice for June. I like her. She's gorgeous and she was great in True Grit.


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