Legend by Marie Lu
Star rating: ★★★☆ ☆ 3/5 stars
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: June wants to find the criminal that killed her brother, she goes under cover in the slums. There she meets Day,the boy accused of killing her brother, but as she gets to know him she learns things about the Republic she lives in that she was not ready to discover.
Review: As far as dystopian novels go, this one was fairly uninspired. There are some good concepts in it, but I didn’t feel this was something we hadn’t seen before. The characters were fairly flat, I didn’t think there was anything more distinguishing of them between rebel and girl working for the corrupt system. It just didn’t impress me.
The plot is fine, I guess. It’s confusing at points, but not terribly, it’s just not something I care to know how it all turns out in the end. I’m not invested in the characters and I feel like there’s not enough at stake for Day now that he (SPOILERS) lost both his mother and brother. Like what does he have left to lose? To protect? Also, sorry but I had zero emotions at those deaths. Literally all I knew about them was they were related to him. Those aren’t personality traits, as a reader it had as much impact as folding up a cardboard cutout. At least June’s brother’s death had an impact.There was enotion, the reader got to know him. He’s in the book way less than Day’s family too which shows how little the reader knows the characters.
The villains weren’t super great, I didn’t find them menacing. I honestly couldn’t even tell you their names. They felt very generic dystopian evil government figures. Maybe that might change within the other books but seeing as this one didn’t impress me enough in not going to find that out.
I did like that June wasn’t a super closed off emotionally, super serious girl though. I feel that’s usually the norm for these run of the mill dystopian novels so it’s nice when there is a change in that.
Recommendation: If you’re (somehow) just getting into the dystopian ya scene this isn’t a bad book to try. If you’re like me and you’ve seen more than your share of it, I don’t think this is necessarily the best one out there. I wouldn’t say it’s a have-to read like Hunger Games.
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