Thursday, January 12, 2012

Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publishing Date: November 29th, 2011
Genre: Dystopian, YA
Pages: 305 pgs
ISBN: 9780399256752

Rating: 3 stars

Summary from 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' 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.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

My Review: 
I had some high expectations for this book considering the book reviews that I have seen on the blogosphere.  I have to admit though that I was a bit disappointed.  It's not to say that I really disliked this book but it fell a bit flat for me.  I really liked June's character; she was strong and sassy yet she had her flaws.  She believed too easily in what the government was feeding her and it her quite some time to start questioning things.  I was surprised when she so easily gave Day to her superiors and I had to question why she didn't stick around and try to figure out what was going on with Day.  Her actions had horrible consequences for some of the characters in the book.  One thing that bothered me about this book is that the world that June and Day live in is never fully described.  I know that this is a dystopian novel but I was never sure what was happening.  There were different sectors and there was the Republic but how did they all fit together?  I don't know if Lu is planning on expanding on this in her future novels but I would have thought that this would have been laid out in the introductory novel of a series.  Overall, it was a decent read but I'm unsure if I'll devote much time in this series.  I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 

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