Having seen such ravings about Lu’s works floating around the internet, I thought I’d give Legend a try.
|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.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills. (Goodreads)
I give Legend by Marie Lu 3 of 5 stars.
I think a friend nailed it on the head when she said she felt like the characters were so much the same. I love voice, it plays a really big part in my enjoyment of books. Here was a book told in alternating first person POV, but the only reason I could readily know which I was reading was whether the font was bold or regular. Seriously, June and Day were very similar and sounded the same as I read. Both were smart, perceptive, logical, athletic, and really seemed to lack imperfections. Sure, June could be a little bit of a trouble-maker, and Day could, too. But, but…there wasn’t enough conflict to feel like their choices were made that much more difficult.
I love big-bad-government plots, really, I do. For me it was the strongest part of the story, the most interesting detail, but it felt pretty secondary for most of the book. The book could have started with Day and Tess finding the numbers under the pier–that! would have gotten my attention much better, I think.
There wasn’t really anything bad about this novel, but there just wasn’t anything that made me thrilled about it. Nothing to make it stick out as something extraordinary.
I may pick up the next in the series if I see it, but I’m not likely to seek it out, at least not any time soon.