Action-packed and Riveting: Legend by Marie LuThursday, January 02, 2014
Legend (Legend, #1)Goodreads | Author's website
By Marie Lu
Genre: Young Adult - Dystopian
Published: April 16, 2013 by Speak
Source: Celine of Two Ends of a Bookshelf
From different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths...
Until June's brother is murdered, and Day becomes the prime suspect.
In a shocking turn of events, the two uncover what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths to which their country will go to keep its secrets.
Legend is legend. It was undeniably gripping and I read it in only one sitting. I was riveted from the very first chapter until the end. Marie Lu is a genius and a master story-teller. Legend was impossible to put down.
World building. Marie Lu was able to vividly materialize a daunting and an almost-too-realistic dystopian world out of her head. She paid earnest attention to details. Marie Lu pictured the setting so richly that I found myself being lost inside the world of Day and June. I can’t wait to learn more about the secrets of this thrilling, corrupt society.
Writing style. The writing was one of a kind. It was full of twists and surprises, and for the most part, it was really difficult to predict what was about to happen from afar. Also, the alternating dual POVs were a great help to making the story unputdownable. Especially when the chapters are cut short and it shifts to another scene, it almost-literally kills you and makes you want to scream I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!!
Characters. It’s so easy to say that I love June and Day (Wow. That just rhymed, didn’t it?). June—the Republic’s prodigy, trained, calculating, and genius. Day—the Republic’s most notorious criminal, experienced, street-smart, and wise. They’re two completely different people (and their voices were also easy to distinguish from one another) yet they also have so much in common. It was interesting to witness how their lives intertwined together.
I’m also glad for the lack of insta-romance. The chemistry between them didn’t feel forced or rushed, but rather realistic. You could really see how their relationship progressed, and how at first they fought against what they honestly felt because they believed each other as enemies.
Action-packed, fast-paced and gripping, Legend will take you on one, scary and exhilarating roller coaster ride of your life. I can’t wait to get my hands on Prodigy!
THE NUB AND GIST: 5 STARS