Legend by: Marie Lu

Synopsis: 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.


Thoughts: Legend entrapped me within its pages the moment I started reading. I literally started and finished this book in one night. With its constant thrills, suspenseful moments, and heart-breaking truths, Legend without a doubt has become of my favorite dystopian books of the year.

We start off with Day. He’s the most wanted criminal in the Republic, and when he’s suspected of killing a military captain they send their newest recruit, June, to find him. June is a military prodigy and has just lost her brother, Metias, so she accepts the mission and seeks revenge. After discovering shocking truths, these two fifteen year olds quickly discover that joining forces may be their only way of surviving the harsh reality of their world.

I absolutely grew to love both of these main characters. My heart ached for both them so many times. I admit at first, I didn’t think I could forgive June, but then we get to watch her change and grow into the prodigy she truly is and should be. The prodigy her brother would have been proud of. Then there is Day. He’s made out as this highly wanted criminal when in reality he’s nothing of the sort. He’s been made to be that way by force and deep inside is a kind hearted, sacrificing, beautiful boy. Their story has completely soaked through my bones and I cannot wait to read more about them.

Also, even though I have nothing against books steered by romance, I have to completely applaud Legend for not doing this. Legend is strictly a book on thrilling truths and shocking moments. A book on doing what’s right, on being yourself and believing your full potential. A book on a realistic cruel reality that is beautifully weaved.

Legend is insanely engrossing and heart-shattering. This books packs more punch than a UFC fighter, and continuously hits you in your mind, gut, and heart. It’s completely thrilling and will keep on the edge of your seat with every word and every page. It’s frightening to think that our world could end up like this… it’s insanely realistic. There were so many parts where I felt as if my heart stopped, so many times when I’d say to myself “she wouldn’t….” and yet every time they did. Legend is beautifully written and terribly exciting in a spine-chilling way. Plus the cover, is simply perfect for the story. I simply could not put this book down, and you would all be fools to not buy this amazing story.

PS. Whyyyy did she have to mention Ollie at the end?!!? My heart broke.

 – 5 out of 5 stars –

Published by Jena Freeth

30. Boy mom. Book lover. Fitness junkie. Shopaholic.

3 thoughts on “Legend by: Marie Lu

  1. Jena, this is incredible. You jumped into my mind and took out everything i wanted to say and put it into a sophisticated review. I am completely and utterly jealous of how fantastic this review is. My review seems to just consist of a lot of squees. Ehem….anyway i am SO COMPLETELY THRILLED that you LOVED this book! And NOW do you understand why i'm so obsessed with it?! It was phenomenal! It's honestly my favorite of the year and i now need to go snuggle with it. Kay, love you, bye!OLLIE D:


  2. Ohhhhh myyyy goshhhhh, I really want to read this book now! It just sounds so awesome and your raving review is practically taunting me to go to the bookstore LOL! x) Awesome review, Jena! I want to meet Day and June! 🙂


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