Legend by Marie Lu Review!

Started: May 19, 2016

Finished: May 27, 2016

Rating: 3 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

This book has been on my TBR list since I received it as a gift two years ago, and I finally got around to reading it.

I was a little bit let down by the hype.

Legend is a book that I’ve seen hundreds of times on booktube and bookstagram (@books_and_crafts if you want to follow me!), and I knew that I needed to read it, but I never felt any motivation to. Eventually, as all over-hyped books do, it just got to the point where I was dreading reading it. Finally, I looked at it on my shelf, said that it was time to read it, and put it on my May TBR list.

It wasn’t a bad read, but I didn’t love it.

The characters blended together for me. If a book has dual perspectives, I expect the perspectives to be a little bit different. June and Day were so similar, despite their backgrounds, that their perspectives blended together. They were different, and I could sometimes see the difference, but overall the tone of each perspective ran together into one cohesive tone that would have been more at home in a single perspective novel.

Despite the blending, I really enjoyed the dual perspectives. I think the story worked well with both perspectives, and that it would not have worked with only June’s perspective or only Day’s perspective.

The story was the saving grace of this novel. June wasn’t entirely likeable, and neither was Day. If it had not been for the story that they were a part of, then I don’t think this book would have even received three stars from me. I’ll admit that I was a bit bored with the first half of the book, but by the end of the book I was so interested that I could barely put it down. It was suspenseful and well-written, and I was really happy with the way the end of the book carried the story. One part of it made me tear up and almost cry and I’m actually shocked that it was able to do that when some five-star books aren’t able to make me cry. It was interesting and I plan on reading the sequels to see where the story goes.

Overall, I was disappointed that this book didn’t wholly live up to the hype surrounding it, but I was intrigued by the story. I plan to pick up the sequels when I can, and I’m interested to see where the story goes.

NEXT READ: So Not Happening by Jenny B. Jones

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