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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. ...more
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Putnam Juvenile
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Marg K.
Dec 28, 2015 Marg K. rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star-rating
Hmmm, where do I begin this review and how do I do it tactfully? Oh, screw it! No sugar-coating here. Strap on some bubble wrap, people. This ride is gonna get bumpy.

So, the story is told from two alternating points-of-view: one belonging to June (the heroine) and the other belonging to Day (the hero). Unfortunately, a major problem arises with the fact that both June & Day come off sounding like the same exact person. Their voices were pretty much indistinguishable throughout most of the bo
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Marie Lu
Apr 22, 2011 Marie Lu rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, it's mine....so, er...yeah, a little biased. :) Shameless. I know, I know!
Kiki
A little while ago I was cleaning all the dust and papers and shit out from under my bed, and I found a plastic box full of last year's Christmas presents and decs.

You all know how it is. You start off tidying up but then you find something you forgot you had like a Katie Morag book or a recorder and you spend like a half an hour just fucking around with it and by the time you get back down to business, you can't be bothered cleaning any more and it all gets kicked right back under the bed beca
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Giselle
I'm such a sucker for dystopians. I love the energy, the rush I get from them. When I got my copy of Legend I was thrilled. Now I know I had a good reason to be. This is one of the good ones. A dystopian well worth reading!

We've got two narrators: the notorious criminal, Day, and the noble citizen, though a little rebellious, June. Day has escaped death before, and he's only trying to survive while taking care of his family, especially his sick brother. June got a perfect score on her Trial and
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Arlene
Jul 22, 2011 Arlene rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA Dystopic Fans; Hunger Games Fans
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Book Tour - ARC Flannery
Are you kidding me!?!? What just happened?!?

This book is ABSOLUTELY UNPUTDOWNABLE!! Yes, I realize that’s not a word, but I have to admit I’m a bit sleep deprived seeing as I stayed up all night reading this FRICKEN AMAZING book!! Okay let me just tell you now, this review is going to be an absolute, incoherent gush-fest. I haven’t felt this pumped about a YA dystopic novel since the The Hunger Games came to town. Mind you, I’ve read some pretty awesome stories since, such as Divergent, Blood R
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Wendy Darling
I like an action-packed adventure, don't you? Legend is a lot of fun to read, and follows two teens who are born into opposite sides of a war in a futuristic Los Angeles in the Republic of America.

15-year-old June is an exceptionally gifted prodigy who is being groomed to become a military star. But when her brother is senselessly murdered, she embarks upon a mission to find his killer--and discovers that all signs point towards Day, a notorious criminal who is already wanted by the Republic.

Th
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Etnik
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“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time. -Day”

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5 LEGENDARY STARS!

You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!

Okay so before I start this review I want to say that I missed reading dystopians.The last one I read in June I think and this one reminded me how coo

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karen
Jan 28, 2012 karen rated it liked it
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya
so i did, i almost gave this book four stars. but then i said to myself, "self - you have to stop giving these YA dystopias your knee-jerk four star ratings just because you like the genre and you like to see teens in peril, you sick twist." and it's true. these things are pure candy for me to read. and i don't even care so much that the majority of them lack that believability factor. i tend to star-rate within this genre based on enjoyability rather than literary value, because i am neither a ...more
Rachel E. Carter
Sep 15, 2015 Rachel E. Carter rated it really liked it
4 out of 5 stars. This book fell short of a solid 5 for me because it had two small things I didn’t like, but otherwise it was golden.

What I truly enjoyed:

• Two unique POV’s of the hunter and the hunted –and I love, love, loved that the girl was the one sent to hunt Day, the criminal, as I tend to see this trope usually in the reverse.

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• The action scenes –since I had read The Young Elites I already knew Lu had talent in this arena (that end duel!), and while there was no magic powers this time a
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Reynje
Okay, hypothetical scenario time. Let’s suppose I had the madness, the power ("You ever tried going mad without power? It's boring! No one listens to you!" - Russ Cargill), and the inclination to pit several recently published YA dystopian novels against each other in a brutal and bloody fight to the death a la The Hunger Games. (Please, just roll with my craziness).

Now let’s suppose one of these tributes novels is Legend. How, in my mind at least, does it fare in the arena?

Without a doubt, at
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Kate ♡
Legend by Marie Lu

Holyyyyy, omg, where do i start..
This book was absolutely incredible!
From the time i read the first page, i knew it was going to be great, but never as amazing as it truly was. From page 1 to page 305, i was completely enthralled and could not get enough of it!
Marie Lu is an incredible writer, I absolutely lovedddd the two perspective writing!

The characters were incredible, the world was so incredibly vivid that i literally feel like i just watched a movie and didn't read a bo
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Emily May
“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”

So I finally decided to pick this up after sifting through all the reviews and reading positive after negative after positive after negative, sometimes I guess you just have to see for yourself. And Legend was all right, pretty good when compared to some of the crap I've read recently, it just wasn't anything particularly spectac
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Steph Sinclair

I'm a dystopian book fanatic. I collect them like the Cookie Monster collects his cookies. So when I first heard of Legend earlier this year I knew I had to get a hold of it ASAP. And I wasn't entirely disappointed because Legend features a strong, kick-ass heroine, a disturbing future world, multi-cultural characters, and tons of action.

Legend tells the story of a two remarkable 15-year-olds, Day and June, living on West cost of the United States now known as The Republic. This book instantly
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Ariana

I am always afraid to read a book that I’ve been holding my breath for it to come out. Legend is one of those.
I had high hopes and I am glad to say that my expectations have been met.

I was really eager to meet Day.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about him and I was pretty much intrigued, for lack of a better word.
Even though in the last half of the book he was more or less absent, I got to care more for him and to understand him better (compared to June).
He was an interesting character – he was
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Christine Riccio
Jan 17, 2013 Christine Riccio rated it it was amazing
THRILL RIDE. just posted a booktalk: review and discussion - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pvgIi...
shady boots
Wham, bam, thank you ma'am.
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jun 03, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it liked it
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Buddy read w/Diane and Kristina in Rated YA-MA

She said : I will hunt you down. I will scour the streets of Los Angeles for you. Search every street in the Republic if I have to. I will trick you and deceive you, lie cheat and steal to find you, tempt you out of your hiding place, and chase you until you have nowhere else to run. I make you this promise : your life is mine.

He said : If I did not wish she were dead, I would find her absolutely breathtaking.

The above artwork (minus the crappy text I added from a book quote) was drawn by the au
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Meg ♥
Feb 18, 2012 Meg ♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, z-2012-reads
I don't honestly know what made me pick up "Legend" recently and start it while I have so many other books I wanted to get to first. I was in the mood for something like this, I guess.


From the synopsis I learned that this book was going to be about a little rich girl named June, and a poor bad-boy named Day. At first they have the wrong idea about each other based on where they come from, but eventually overcome those prejudices. They must decide if they can trust each other in a world where no
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Darth J
May 04, 2015 Darth J marked it as could-not-finish
Shelves: disappointing, slow
DNF @ page 94


This was my second and last of Marie Lu’s books. I just find her writing style to be too dry and emotionless to be intriguing. There’s plenty of action in her books, but her world-building doesn’t make all that much sense and it’s very hard to connect to characters because they are so flat and tell more than show. Her books read like robots put them out—there’s just no life or warmth to her style.
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I gave this a chance, thinking that I just didn’t care f
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Keertana
Feb 11, 2013 Keertana rated it it was ok
Legend is one of those books that simply demands to be read, not so much because of its original premises, intriguing characters, or fast-paced plot, but rather because everyone seems to have such a varied opinion about it. I always make it a point to read the reviews of my most trusted reviewers - those whose opinions are similar to my own - but when it came to this book, the ratings ranged from amazement, to indifference, to like, to hate. Thus, I knew I had to read this and give it a shot for ...more
Mizuki
Pre-review: I read Legend because I'd heard good things about it, but after reading half of this book, I found I'm not happy with the story, not at all.

Do I want to see a female author writing a worthy bestseller? Yes.

Do I want to see an Asian getting a head start with her first novel? Yes.

Do I want to see *finally* there's a well written dystopian novel gracing the realm of YA? Yes.

Still I can't pretend Legend is a good book, I just can't.


The following gif shows my feeling toward this book:


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Tiernan Bertrand-Essington
Feb 13, 2012 Tiernan Bertrand-Essington rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Holy amazingness. Here's what I thought:

1. At first, it's like being dropped into a sequel. The world isnt just explained right off the bat; you figure it out as time goes on, which is cool and very good world-building.
2. All the characters were highlighted, no matter how long they were in the book. I could give you a list of every character right now...but I won't.
3. June and Day were great lead characters. The whole thing played like a movie in my head. Very vivid, but not too descriptive to
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Alexa

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

Out of all the YA dystopian novels I've read so far this year, Legend is my favorite. The writing,the plot, the setting, and the characters were all great! It had a nice balance of action and development and even a bit romance. I was never underwhelmed by the story. The action had me on the edge of my seat. Some parts were pretty intense, and there were shocking revelations and heartbreaking moments throughout the book. I was left feeling anxiou
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Lauren DeStefano
Nov 27, 2015 Lauren DeStefano rated it it was amazing
(I'll be posting this same review for all three books, as I'm reviewing the entire series as a whole. There are no spoilers.)

That's it. I'm done. I'm never going to read another book again. I have no reason to. I have now seen everything books are capable of doing to me.

I'm four years late to the LEGEND ball. My journey here comes with a bit of a story. This book came out in what I like to think of as the year of dystopias. There were so many amazing books coming out all at once, I could hardly
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
Nov 05, 2014 Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian, favorites
This book reminds me so much of a combination of series as The Fifth Wave, The Maze Runner, Shatter Me, even Hunger Games and basically every highly notable and favorable dystopians I've read and yet it does not come off as a mere imitation of those mentioned because the story in its own right is original, impressive, and utterly genuine that you can't help but appreciate the writer for not trying too hard. This book easily earns being shelved under my favorites. ;)
Kristalia
Final rating: 4/5 stars
Final rating - for the whole series: 4.75/5 stars



*this review includes separate section for Collector's edition as well.*

Officially 400th book i have read. Wow. Anyway, i excepted Legend to disappoint me because i have seen so many mixed reviews about this one. But i stay with those who say this book is awesome. I enjoyed reading it, and i loved the characters. Oh, i adored the fact that Marie Lu has a deviant art and that she took time to draw her characters!

“Each da
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Katerina Kondrenko
6.5 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
(please use Chrome/Yandex browser or Android/IOS to see the page; otherwise, spoiler-tags I use to make my post compact may not work)

Short-Soundtrack:
Old Tree Fellows – Legend
Gotan Project – Criminal (instrumental)
The Hit House feat. Ruby Friedman – Hunt You Down

Genre: fantasy, dystopia, YA
Stuff: 22nd century
Fail: MCs’ age, author’s presence between lines
WOW: fast-pacing plot
POV: 1st-person, she/he
Setting: Republi
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Laura Marcela ✎・:*:・
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“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system. That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.”


Blurb: 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.
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Chloe
Dec 22, 2015 Chloe rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars.
I LOVED this book! It was so fast paced, I read it in one sitting!
Can't wait to read the next book!
Marielle
Sep 28, 2013 Marielle rated it it was amazing
SO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD funny gifs

This review and more available on my blog! Come check it out!

Now for my real review:
Legend by Marie Lu has officially become a legend in my mind. From the very first page I was drawn into this story. First, a brief explanation of the setting:

It is the future. The United States is long gone and most suspect that it never even existed at all. Instead, it is broken up into two sections: The Republic and The Colonies. These two sections are at war and each side is determined tha
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