This summer, I set forth to read 8 books over the course of the summer.
It’s a goal I’m confident is in the bag, with the completion of my 6th book, about to be reviewed in this post.
Tonight’s On the Coffee Table? Legend by Marie Lu.
Lately, instead of letting myself buy books (I’m trying to be frugal for once) I’ve been forcing myself to actually read books that have found a home in my apartment over the last year but haven’t been read yet. I’m a pile person – I have piles of books everywhere and most contain at least one or two that I have yet to read. While most of these were purchased in the last six months, I have a few from 2011 that I still need to read. Legend, a dystopian novel that is now a three-part series, has been part of a pile since Christmas 2011.
Hey – on the bright side, the sequel is already out and the third instalment comes out in November. See I totally knew what I was doing.
Legend is set in the Republic of California. Think Hunger Games meets Divergent. Which is probably one of the reasons I quickly fell in love with it. THG and Divergent are two of my favorite YA series. And yes – Legend is a young adult (YA) novel but aside from the fact that it’s PG and a quick read – much like The Hunger Games – it’s got plenty that would appeal to any adult. And I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, regardless of how much I love a good romance novel, I am madly in love with YA books too.
The non-spoiler synopsis of Legend is this: a boy named Day is the Republic’s most wanted criminal. A girl named June, is the Republic’s most elite prodigy and she’s about to join the ranks of the military’s finest in the search of the republican who murdered her brother, Metais, in cold-blood. No shocker here, that boy is Day.
Do you see where I am going with this?
Legend is a refreshing story of young love, in a complicated dystopian world. Yes, it’s your typical, rich girl, meets boy from the slums scenario, but it was original and new given the unique dystopian setting. I’m a sucker for the girl falls in love with boy responsible for turning her world upside down stories, so Legend didn’t disappoint. It’s told from alternating POVs – both Day and June – and features some great supporting characters as well.
Another point I’d like to add – I know many dystopian novels can be overwhelming to digest. Various republics/districts/factions to remember. Often times, these books need glossaries or keys to accompany the reader. Legend was a breath of fresh air, in that it had all the usual elements of a fantasy world you dream up in your head, but without too many districts or names to remember.
So if you’re looking for a great new adventure to embark on – I highly recommend giving Legend a try. As you can see on my Goodreads, I rated it 4****stars and I can’t wait to pick up the sequel.
Have you read Legend? Got things to say? Thought it was “legendary?” (see what I did there?) then let me know in the comments below!
x C x