3.5 stars of 5 ★★★★☆
I thought I was over dystopians. Well, I was wrong. There’s just something so satisfying about tyrannical governments losing their sh*t all because of the actions of some normal, but extremely capable, teenagers.
Legend is fast-paced, original, and the book design is stunning. It’s rare that a book gets the approval to use different fonts for different character’s POV, much less different colors. That means marketing really liked this book. They though it was going to soar over The Hunger Games knock-offs back in 2011. That didn’t really happen, and you know why? Divergent was also published in 2011. Legend is a younger teen read, whereas Divergent is an older teen read, and for whatever reason, it eclipsed Marie Lu’s work and her series fell under the radar.
I think that’s a damn shame, too, because I see teenage boys( a demographic that it’s virtually impossible to get interested in reading) really enjoying this series.
This series is not unknown by any means, and it has gained popularity since the movie versions of THG, Divergent, The Giver, and The Maze Runner have piped interest into the genre. I hope it continues to draw interest, because it really is an entertaining read for younger teens.
For those who are wondering, here’s the summary( via Goodreads):
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 definitely recommend this series to folks that love dsytopia, but aren’t looking for anything too complicated. This is a straight the government is bad, we have the power to change that, and it’s going to be hard but worth it. I’ll be staying with this series until the end.
Here are the other books in the series: