Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Fantastic start to a brutal dystopian trilogy that I can’t wait to read more of.


Legend summary

Los Angeles, California, Republic of America.

He is Day, the boy who walks in the light.

She is June, the girl who seeks her brother’s killer.

On the run and undercover, they meet by chance. Irresistibly drawn together, neither knows the other’s past. But Day murdered June’s brother. And she has sworn to avenge his death.

My thoughts

Overflowing with action and angst, Marie Lu’s Legend is an incredible start to what has the potential to become one of my all-time favourite trilogies. We follow both June and Day, often switching perspectives to give a well-rounded view of the world from both sides.

One of my favourite things about Legend is how kick-ass June is. Day and June seem equal in capabilities, and they come to each other’s rescue on multiple occasions. There’s no damsel in distress or over-confident male lead – they duo work as a team, and I found that really refreshing. The romance doesn’t take centre stage, either, but works perfectly to break up the otherwise brutal and sometimes heartbreaking nature of this novel.

I don’t fully understand the dystopian world and how it came to be, but I’m sure we’ll learn more about it in the second book in the trilogy, called Prodigy, which I cannot wait to read. Legend had me hooked and I only wish it were longer. Bring on book two!

My rating:

4.5/5 stars

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  1. kendraleighton
    13th September 2015 / 5:18 pm

    So glad you enjoyed it! It’s been a couple of years since I read Legend, but I remember being really impressed. Hope you enjoy Prodigy when you get to it!

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