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Saturday, 18 February 2012

Review: Legend

    Legend (Legend, #1)

Title: Legend
Author: Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Pages: 305
Publisher: Puffin
Release Date: February 2nd 2012 (UK)
Source: For Review
Rating: 4.5 stars
100 Book challenge: #10

The United States is gone, along with its flooded coasts. North America's two warring nations, the western Republic and the eastern Colonies, have reached a breaking point. In the midst of this broken continent and dark new world are two teenagers who will go down in history....

Born into the slums of Los Angeles, fifteen-year old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. A mysterious boy with no recorded image or fingerprints. A boy who should no longer exist. A boy who watches over his family until one evening, when the plague patrols mark his family's door with an X--the sign of plague infection. A death sentence for any family too poor to afford the antidote. Desperate, Day has no choice; he must steal it. 

Born to an elite family in Los Angeles' wealthy Ruby sector, fifteen-year old June is the Republic's most promising prodigy. A superintelligent girl destined for great things in the country's highest military circles. Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country--until the day her brother Metias is murdered while on patrol during a break-in at the plague hospital. 

Only one person could be responsible. 


And now it's June's mission to hunt him down. 

The truth they'll uncover will become legend.

Ever since I heard about Legend I was completely in love. I love dystopians and the synopsis of Legend sounded incredible. Luckily for me, it did not disappoint.

The duel narration was highly effective in this novel. It was great to see from both June and Day's perspective. Legend wouldn't have been as good or as entertaining without it. Normally when I am reading a dual narration I have a favourite narrator. In Legend, however, I loved both June and Day's voice and their stories.

I loved the mystery and secrecy woven into the novel. At times I was really unsure who to trust and what side I should be on. I had an idea how the basic plot was going to play out and in that sense a lot of my suspicions were correct but there was such mystery in the little things which made the reading experience that much more enjoyable.

Legend is super quick to read, I read it in a day and a half, and it is only 300 odd pages so if you love dystopians Legend is a great book to read. I'm sure you will really enjoy it :)

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