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“Of the (many) recent dystopias I have recently read, Legend is definitely one of my favorites. The only one I can remember liking better is Divergent. I found it really difficult to put this one down. I liked the characters a lot; June and Day were so much fun and i really felt for both of them...”see full review » see other reviews »
“In the book "Legend" by Marie Lu is about a 15 year old girl named June Iparis in America's ruins which is now called "The Republic". Her older brother Metais gets supposedly by Day. Day is the Republic's most wanted criminal. After receiving th news that her brother died, she gets pulled out of her school, Drake and becomes a military spy to try to trace down Day. She goes undercover in the poor sectors and gets into a spar in a bar. Day sees her and throws a dust bomb after her opponent stabs her. He takes her to a spot where Day's friend Tess wraps and take care of June's wound until it heals. Day kisses June which causes June to begin falling for her. She then finds out the boys is Day and sets up a trap to arrest him. During this plot, Day's mother gets killed by Commander Jameson. Day gets sentenced to death by fire squad and his brother was captured too. June finds out Day wasn't the one who killed her brother. Once she decodes the letters in her journal it leads her to a website with more journal entries explaining the truth about the sick and twisted Republic. After, she offers a deal with Keade, the girl who stabbed her and is a part of the Colonists. The Colonists are the rebellions of the Republic. She gave her 2,000 note sand an electro bomb that deactivates guns for 1 minute. June ends up escaping with Day to Las Vegas. Character Description: June is a 15 year old girl in the Republic. She is one of the smartest students at Drake and scored a 1500/1500 on her trails. Her brother is Metais who is in the army. She eventually falls in love with Day. Day is the Republic's most wanted criminal. He meets June and is in love with June the moment he sees her, He eventually kisses her and makes June fall for him also. He is accused for killing Metias and gets arrested. He was sentenced death but escapes with June. Metias is June's brother who gets killed. He took care of June ever since his parents died. He was in the military and his commander was Commander Jameson. He always doubted the Republic and had suspicions of what the Republic was doing with the Plague outbreaks. Thomas is Metias close friends and partners in the military. After Metias' death, he reveals he likes June. He envies Day for kissing June and killed Metias.”Cyanne wrote this review 6 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Republic and the Colonies have been at war for years. These two countries stand on what used to be the United States. June, a fifteen year old military prodigy is on her way to being in one of the Republics top groups. Fifteen year old Day is the exact opposite. Born in the slum sectors all he knows is he needs to do what he has to in order to survive. Did I mention he is the Republics most wanted criminal? When the tables turn and the two finds out the truth about their country they realize there is more going on than just a war with the Colonies.”Tiffany Varcados wrote this review 7 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This dystopia novel is about two young teenagers. June works for the government and is a prodigy wealthy and admired. Day is a street kid and enemy of the government who is fighting for a better freer more equal world. When these two opposites meet will they kill each other or fall in love?
This book would be great for middle school especially for students interested in the hunger games but aren't ready for something that violent and intense. ”
“June and Day discover secrets about their government. I think this would be a good book to recommend to a more advanced student who likes things like the hunger games. ”Shelby wrote this review 9 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The story of a dystopian-style Robin Hood has inescapable charm and creates empathy for the underdog. Marie Lu was able to encapsulate human drive, emotion, and misguidance. How far are we willing to go to help those we love? How much will those with power distort reality and manipulate others to reach their own ends? Legend considers both of these questions and leaves readers wanting to read more. Dystopian books, those that encapsulate a fictional futuristic world in which society has changed entirely, are becoming more popular among young adult readers. Legend lives up to its title. ”Lisette wrote this review 11 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“the best book in the series”MalikBallislife wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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With the third and final book, Champion, released, I thought it was about time I give this series another reread and write up reviews for them. I really love this series and I am so sad for it to end that I am putting off even starting Champion, plus Allegiant has put me off ever reading the last book in a series again!
I read Legend for the first time at the start of 2012, as I hunted for more and more dystopian fiction to devour. Luckily, I work in a library and with people who love books as much as me and a guy I work with told me that if I loved dystopian then I just had to read this. He was right. If you are a lover of dystopian fiction like me then I would really recommend it.
Legend is fast-paced action from beginning to end, it throws you straight into the action almost from the very beginning. It pulls you straight into the story and doesn't really let you go until the end. It makes this such a quick read and very enjoyable.
This book gives us a dual narrative, in one chapter we get June and in the next we have Day. I think they worked well and weren't too similar as far as I was concerned. June is a strong female character but I have to admit to wanting to hit her sometimes, for someone so smart she could be ridiculously stupid. Day is a really great male lead, he's strong, clever and dedicated to his family.
I really enjoyed the story, a lot happens in this book even though it feels quite short. It may seem a little predictable at times but this is a really well told story, it's a great addition to the dystopian genre and it immediately became a new favourite series of mine as soon as I read it.
The fast-paced action grabs you but it did make it seem lacking in other ways. As it was so fast-paced I didn't feel like I got as much character development of June and Day as I would of liked; I wish their had been more of that. Their romance seemed to develop really, really quickly as well.. Plus it lacked a little on world building, it doesn't explain why things are the way they are or give a clearer picture on what's going on outside of L.A.
I'm also confused as to why the back of my book says "Based on a retelling of Les Miserables." Now this really threw me off when I picked the book up and read it, because I didn't see it at all. Is it a retelling of Les Mis, or a retelling of a retelling of Les Mis. To me, it seemed like neither and that just confused me a little when I read the book for the first time.
For fans of dystopian, fast-paced action., strong leads and a romance that takes a back seat to the real action in the book. Definitely recommend. ”
“June scored a perfect score on her trial. Day was said to have failed it. After Day escaped from the hospital where the republic was doing tests on him, he became their most wanted fugitive. After June's brother is said to be killed by Day, June is charged with finding Day and bringing him in to the Republic. Before she turns him in, however, she begins to wonder if maybe something else is going on and Day did not kill her brother. In the end they team up to try to find the truth about what is really going on in the Republic.”Emma jo galloway wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love this book! The story of Day and June and how their paths cross is one of adventure and suspense. This story could be great for working with a client on reading longer novels and increasing their reading level. It would also be great for giving a consistent theme for therapy. We could do activities from the book in therapy and use words from the book as target words for articulation therapy. It could also serve simply as reward for working hard and meeting objectives and therefore earning time to read the book at the end of each session ”Lauren Harrison wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is another dystopian novel, similar to Divergent or Hunger Games. A corrupt used-to-be United States and a couple of teenagers who try to change the world and fall in love along the way. That story, to me, is getting tired and old, but if kids are craving it and reading it, then I won't argue! Legend does it better than most. This story focuses on one boy in poverty, living on the streets, and another girl living in wealth. When the boy does something to hurt the girls' family, she goes out looking for him. Soon they begin to realize the corrupt society they live in, together.”Jordan Loukota wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No