Legend by Marie Lu

Posted November 8, 2017 by Amber in Reviews / 4 Comments



by Marie Lu

Series: Legend #1
Publisher: Speak on November 29, 2011
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, Science Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: ★★

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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.


Two different characters from very different worlds.

June want to avenge her brother’s death, and Day just want to save his brother’s life.  Two teens in the Los Angeles boroughs, fighting for their families get intertwined when June learns none other than the infamous Republic criminal Day has killed her brother.  She doesn’t stop, doesn’t look back.  Meanwhile, Day is frantic.  His youngest brother has caught the plague, and he’s desperately trying to earn enough money to buy him a plague cure.  Time is running out, and he never suspects the girl he rescues from a street fight to be the very person who will turn him into the authorities.

But while June and Day are caught up in their own vendettas, things start to unravel before them.  Maybe, just maybe, the Republic isn’t telling them everything.

I just don’t care about these characters.

June and Day are both… just… meh for me.  I found their backgrounds interesting, but their personalities seem really flat and boring and I don’t care.  And I really don’t care that they fall in love.  I was so frustrated because I was seeing all these really interesting dystopian themes and opportunities to expand upon, but everything kept coming back to the love story.  It was bad enough not caring whether June or Day got what they wanted… then add the love story on?  Ugh, no.

Usually, I find redemption in the minor characters, but I wasn’t feeling that with this story either.  I really, really wanted to like Tess, and I wanted to see more of Eden.  But, nope.

Everything.  Was.  So.  Predictable.

By the time Metais was killed, I had the entire plot of the book down.  Then I listened for another six hours.  And I was right on every count.  While I like being able to guess some parts of a book because it makes me feel like a smart cookie, being able to guess everything is just plain boring.

Anything I wanted to know more about was passed over.  Maybe this is because it’s a trilogy and Marie Lu intended to talk more about it in the following novels.  Frankly, I don’t care enough about June or Day to keep reading this story.  I can live without finding out the details of the plague or what was up with that quarter, or Day’s testing.  As long as I don’t have to read any more of those two characters.

I know I’ve got an unpopular opinion here.

This book was on my Overdrive waitlist forever.  I was so, so, so pumped when it popped up as FINALLY available.  I wanted to like this book.  I just bought Marie Lu’s Warcross because it also sounded amazing and I had just given it up in my head that I would adore everything that she wrote.  That’s probably shaping the depth of my disappointment with this book.  I can see where others would like it, especially if they haven’t read as much dystopia as I have.  But I’m all set, thanks!

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★★★
Plot: ★ 1/2
Characters: 1/2
Writing: ★★ 1/2
Pacing: ★★★
Narrator: ★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★ 1/2


Have you read this book or anything by this author?  If so, did you enjoy it?  Tell me all about your experience in the comments!

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4 responses to “Legend by Marie Lu

  1. This is interesting for me because I tried to listen to The Young Elites a while ago and felt the same way about that as you do about this book. I wanted to like it SO BAD, but just couldn’t get into the characters or plot. I’ve been curious about whether this book would be different, so I’m glad you reviewed! I’m sure I’d feel the same way. I’m still dying to read Warcross though because it sounds so interesting!

    Also, don’t you hate waiting on Overdrive books to be available?! IT KILLS ME!! I’ve had Caraval on hold FOR AN ETERNITY. I may never get to listen to it. Lol.

    • Amber

      At this point, my TBE is so big that I just take ten at a time, save them to my wishlist, then grab whatever’s available! But yes, at this rate I don’t think I’ll ever get to Cinder. XD

      I hope you like Caraval when you get to it! I got that in an OwlCrate and read it earlier this year. I didn’t love it, but someone told me people usually love The Night Circus OR Caraval, but not both. I was a huge fan of The Night Circus, so I guess that’s my team! 😛 It gets really, really good reviews though, so I hop you find it’s worth the wait. 🙂

    • Amber

      Aw, Zoe, you always seem to find my reviews when I’m less than impressed with the book. :(. This one is a favorite of a lot of people, that’s for sure. I”m a little nervous now because I am excited to eventually read Warcross and I’m hoping that I like it better!

      Have a fantastic day!!!