Monday, July 22, 2013

Book Review: Legend


Title: Legend (Book 1 of the Legend series)
Author: Marie Lu
Publication Date: November 29, 2011
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
Genres: Dystopian, Mystery
Pages: 336
Age Rating: Readers above the age of 12
My Opinion: 6/10

Hi, Readers!

       Forget about everyday realistic fiction and quirky fantasy novels - the dystopian genre is completely and utterly taking over the Young Adult book scene.  One exciting book to check out is Legend, by Mary Lu. 

Fan drawing of June
Fan drawing of June
       June Iparis is a perfectionist who lives in military luxury with her older brother. However, when she finds out that her brother is unnecessarily murdered by the infamous convict, Day, she sets out undercover to get revenge. June lives in squalor and poverty to find Day, while constantly reporting back to military headquarters. When she accidentally gets involved in a street fight, her life becomes intertwined with that of a kind stranger. Their lives merge into one as they uncover dangerous secrets about people that June has loved and trusted her whole life.  Doubts about friends versus enemies come into play as June slowly falls in love with her brother's so-called murderer. 
       The best part about Legend is its narration.  All of the storytelling switches off between June and Day, allowing readers insight to both of their perspectives.  

       Although Legend is technically a Dystopian book, it is filled with mystery and even has its share of crime scene investigation. The plot line appeals to both boys and girls, and even the best of sleuths would have trouble predicting its ending. 

       All in all, Legend is an interesting novel, but at the end, it did not leave me wanting to continue reading about June and Day's adventures.  The plot line in which the persecutor falls in love with the criminal seems a little too obvious for an otherwise well-planned plot.  June goes through the dynamic character change of heart, as is expected.

The Legend series
The Legend series
       If you are a mystery lover, Legend is a great option to read. The mystery extends into the next two books in the Legend series, Prodigy and Champion.  Assuredly, Marie Lu will weave even more secrets into June's past to keep things fresh.  For those who are looking for a quick and engaging read, Legend is a good choice. 

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