Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Length: 305 pages
To paraphrase the back cover:
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.
June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. 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 want to preface my review by saying that Legend has a lot of good reviews, and Marie Lu has many fans. A lot of people love this book, just not me.
I enjoyed the setting in this book. We can tell that the author put a lot of thought into creating the world. We get a sense of the social echelons (the elites vs the slums), the educational system, the politics, and the technology. We find out about the war and how it affects the country. We are left to wonder how the world came to be the dystopian society that it is (perhaps global warming?) and that is fine.
The characters are all right. June is intelligent and beautiful. Day is intelligent and beautiful. They both have tragedy in their lives. Nothing wrong with having characters who are similar to each other (in real life, we are more attracted to people who are similar to us, so this is realistic). But somehow I find the characters hard to relate to, and their relationship forced. Do lead characters have to beautiful/handsome and smart and talented and perfect in every way? I am a fan of the average-looking character who is unique in their own way. Because by definition, most people are average-looking.
The story is good. There are enough twists and turns, and it keeps you guessing. Loose ends are tied up, with enough questions left unanswered for you to anticipate the next story.
The writing is okay. This might be a highly personal preference. We all have styles of writing that we prefer, and others that we do not. I am not blown away by the writing in this book.
Legend is all right. The story is good, the world building is great, the writing is okay, the characters are all right. I think it’s average and I couldn’t get into it. That being said, a lot of people really love the Legend series. If you love young adult dystopian novels, I don’t discourage you from reading it.
Have you read Legend? What do you think? (I welcome all opinions. Even more interesting if you disagree with me.)