Legend by Marie Lu

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10 Critic Reviews

Lu embellishes upon some of the genre's tried-and-true story lines with enough inventive details to keep things from becoming cliché. It's an action-packed love story that hits the ground running and rarely stops for breath.
-LA Times

Synopsis

"Legend doesn't merely survive the hype, it deserves it."

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Young Elites


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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Marie Lu

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MARIE LU is the art director at Online Alchemy, a video-game company, and also owns the business and brand Fuzz Academy. She lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published November 29, 2011 by Speak. 318 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 08 2011

All the flavor of a post-apocalyptic setting—plagues, class warfare, maniacal soldiers—escalates to greater complexity while leaving space for further worldbuilding in the sequel

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NY Times

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Reviewed by RIDLEY PEARSON on Dec 02 2011

I could only stand up and cheer, therefore, for Marie Lu’s “Legend.” A fine example of commercial fiction with razor-sharp plotting, depth of character and emotional arc, “Legend” doesn’t merely survive the hype, it deserves it.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by BookTrain125 on Oct 26 2015

This gripping book made me buy all of the series, which also proved to have the same quality plot and exciting action. A book definitely for all Young Adult fiction fans, this post-apocalypse America offers an insight into a future portrayed by no other books.

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Guardian

Above average
on Oct 21 2014

It may not be 100% original, but Legend is one of the better dystopian novels out there, so if you enjoyed books like The Hunger Games and Divergent then hop right in!

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Guardian

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Reviewed by dewdrop on Apr 07 2013

The characters were described with detail and thought and the way the plot unwound into a great ending intrigued me. But I wasn't a fan of the romantic bits.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Oct 10 2011

First in a series, this story is utterly satisfying in its own right and raises hopes high for the sequels to come.

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by Rebecca Danielle on Nov 12 2012

The whole story flows along almost effortlessly, and there is just the right balance of description and dialogue to keep the reader interested and thirsty for more.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Susan Carpenter on Nov 27 2011

Lu embellishes upon some of the genre's tried-and-true story lines with enough inventive details to keep things from becoming cliché. It's an action-packed love story that hits the ground running and rarely stops for breath.

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USA Today

Above average
Reviewed by Bob Minzesheimer on Nov 28 2011

The action, however, is fast-paced and cinematic. Inevitably, Legend will be compared to The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy that ignited teen interest in dystopian fiction.

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Teen Reads

Good
Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt on Nov 29 2011

...LEGEND is a fascinating futuristic thriller that pits two of the best-of-the-best against each other --- both driven by love of their family, but on opposite sides of the law.

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