Book Title: Legend
Author: Marie Lu
Book Series: Legend, #1
Released Date: November 29th, 2011
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 picked Legend up out of the blue while scrolling through Overdrive one night, and since I have read one of Marie Lu’s novels (Batman: Nightwalker), I thought it would be a great way to pick up another novel by her. Yes, I did listen to the audio book–which, in my opinion, was pretty great. The narrator did a wonderful job, however, the story did drag a little most of the time. However, the novel has multiple perspectives–which is not surprising, to be honest. A lot of books have that these days, but for this specific novel it was interesting to see both sides of the two characters that were telling the story.
Speaking of the characters, I have never read a book with characters that are the same age, so that was a slight refresher for me. I know, that is an odd little thing and age is just a number, but I just wanted to point that little detail out.
On the other hand, Marie Lu’s writing is just A+ without a doubt. I am beyond obsessed with her writing even though this is the second novel of hers that I have read so far. This year, I hope to get to all of the books she has so far because I just love her style of writing so much.
Choosing the audio book instead of picking it up physically during a very busy week was an excellent choice on my part because the audio book was amazing. I know I say that a lot with many other audio books that I have listened to recently, but that is just because all of the audio books that I have chosen has been amazing, especially when they have multiple narrators (like this one). Even though this one did drag a little, I still highly recommend Legend if you have not picked it up already.