Legend by Marie Lu is a dystopian young adult fiction which happens in a futuristic America, mainly in California. Kids take a test, the higher the score, the better your odds for better jobs. Kids with lower scores are sent to camp. And you don't want to know what they do to you at camp.
This book reminds me of Divergent by Veronica Roth. It is not similar in many ways aside from it being futuristic dystopian fiction, and the test the kids take. But in both books, the test does determine their future. I have absolutely loved Divergent, so Legend seemed to be right up my alley. But no. Legend falls short.
This futuristic California is no longer known for Hollywood. The people have no idea of history. Everything is kept secret, that possession of a penny from our year would cause a lot of trouble. Also, there are plagues, but it's all a giant conspiracy.
June Iparis is a prodigy. She has been born with wealth. She has scored a perfect 1500 on the test. You would think she would have a lot of opportunities, but she ends up a soldier. It seems like the only logical option for her. Her hobbies include climbing walls and getting in trouble. Her brother Metias is killed by the most wanted criminal Day. She is pulled out from school, and been promoted to soldier.
Daniel Altan Wing aka DAY is the most wanted criminal in all of the republic. And he's fifteen for goodness sake. You would think that he has killed hundreds of people, but he's just revolting against the republic and stealing some medicine here and there.
The world painted in Legend is just not logical IMHO. So if I got a high score in the test, why would I want to be a soldier? And why would the officials want to waste these smart kids on the battlefield? Why not make the people who flunk soldiers? I was born with money, why not get someone to fetch me some water? And why would the adults rely on the fifteen year old to catch the "most wanted criminal"? Why the adults send the kids to do their job? And how could June, a rich kid, survive on the slums by herself?
The development of the love story between the June and Day is eye rolling too. It's i-just-saw-you-but-you-are-the-prettiest-i've-ever-seen.
With all my ranting, why did it still end up with three stars? Though the test and characters did not appeal to me much, the science-fiction part of it did work for me. The plague makes me curious enough to pick up the next book.
this book makes me feel so female. why? i have anticipated the ending. i knew that it if it didnt happen that way, the book wouldnt work as well. in m...morethis book makes me feel so female. why? i have anticipated the ending. i knew that it if it didnt happen that way, the book wouldnt work as well. in my head, the ending was how it should be. and if it ended different, how corny the book would be.
but holy cow!
when it came, i feel so devastated. i take it back. there has to be some other way!
this book has affected me. i love it, but i hate it.
Thirteen years from now, on October 6, 2023, a baby boy will be born. He will grow up into a sexy, mysterious man who will someday own 28% of the worl...moreThirteen years from now, on October 6, 2023, a baby boy will be born. He will grow up into a sexy, mysterious man who will someday own 28% of the world. His description: black hair, blue eyes, 6 feet, 2 inches, 173 pounds. His name will be Roarke.
In this near future, specifically 2058, when JD Robb talks of cars flying, the cars are literally flying. You could buy a more pointed nose and a different eye color. You could be anyone you ever dreamed of. There aren’t any diseases spreading about, except the dreaded flu virus. There are licensed companions/ prostitutes to go around. It makes me imagine Amsterdam as our future. Anyway, the humans could already travel in space and there are space stations built for pleasure and entertainment! How cool is that?
This is my second book from Nora Roberts, but first under the pseudonym, JD Robb. This is also my first futuristic romance. I found Roarke fascinating for a male, but my heart became his when he was sitting in his huge library, reading a book and petting a cat. But it became his more, when he showed his ability to hack the US government. He has a wonderful head that goes with his awesome physique.
I enjoyed the mystery. I pointed fingers on almost everyone and still I was ‘almost’ wrong in the end. I absolutely loved the romance of the book. With the futuristic aspect, I enjoyed imagining the technology, however, since the world JD Robb drew was farfetched from what we have now, I had trouble imagining the tubes of Coke, which I imagined as a tube of Colgate, just with a different label. But still, I enjoyed the story and would anyone ever doubt my love for Roarke?
For now, advance happy birthday Roarke! I’m waiting for you to be born, and the medicine that could reverse my age a bit, cause once you hit your 30’s, I would be in my 60’s, so a little age reversal wouldn’t hurt. Don’t ever let Eve Dallas ever soften her hold on you, because that is when I would get you! No way will I let my white hair and arthritis get in the way! LOL
*This review was made on the 06th of October, 2010
_____ I have to know who Roarke is since many goodreads friends hold him in very high esteem.
Aliens are taking over. Not the violent kind of aliens. But consider them scary, for the humans are their ships. And unfortunately, the weak willed hu...moreAliens are taking over. Not the violent kind of aliens. But consider them scary, for the humans are their ships. And unfortunately, the weak willed humans are apparently erased, and the aliens take over.
The story starts with the implantation of an alien, who will be named Wanderer, into the body of Melanie Stryder, a rebel human. Melanie is very strong willed, so even as Wanderer takes over, Melanie is able to establish memories into Wanderer, and their wants soon become one.
Melanie, even without the alien inhabiting her body, is deeply in love with another human named Jared and fiercely protective of her brother Jamie. This strong love for the two humans leaks out and sort of infects Wanderer. Wanderer develops the same love and want to protect the two humans.
Melanie and Wanderer, though them being one, manage to join forces to protect and find their loved ones. They find the human habitation, which Crazy Jed, managed to teach Melanie in a form of puzzle. At first, she was bound to be killed since the humans thought she was a seeker, but Jed managed to save her and put the decision of her survival in Jared’s hands.
Jared thinks that Melanie is gone and would like to get rid of her, but Jamie protects her. Wanderer, despite being an alien, manages to fit in, and with all her effort, become human, Ian, falls in love with her.
Wanderer, becomes a very useful addition to the human habitation, for she manages to slip in the city and get goods without being questioned.
It’s actually a very good and imaginative story, however, if you’re in search of the tingling sensations Twilight brought you, sorry this is not the book. This book focuses more on survival rather than romance. But still that shouldn’t discourage you from reading this. Also, I give praise to Stephenie Meyer, cause only she could make love triangles/ quadrangles work, without anyone getting a broken heart.
BTW, don’t think this is a human’s story. This is rather a story of how an alien slowly becomes human. And how love conquers all, even species. But hey, I still don’t think it would be a good idea to marry my pet dog. (less)
BEWARE. You’ll catch fire (or rather be on fire) once you read this book. And there’s no turning back.
Well, not literally, but figuratively rather. As...moreBEWARE. You’ll catch fire (or rather be on fire) once you read this book. And there’s no turning back.
Well, not literally, but figuratively rather. As I was reading, I felt like I was on fire, for I had to finish this as soon as possible, since the fire was consuming me. But despite the licks of flame on my being, I can’t conquer the courage to vanquish the flames until I read the last page, since the fire felt good, despite it being painful.
Suzanne Collins, makes another excellent job, in making us love Katniss and Peeta, and in turn, makes us loathe the cruel Capitol (especially the wretched President Snow). She also makes us sit at the edge of our seats, seeing as the book was extremely fast paced.
Winning the 74th Hunger Games isn’t enough for Katniss Everdeen to be free from the Capitol’s clutches just yet. After having a visit from President Snow, Katniss has to work doubly hard to make the people believe that her ultimate act of rebellion (attempting to commit suicide by eating poisonous berries on the previous Hunger Games) is just an act done out of love, on the victory tour. Her failing to do so, would cost the lives of the people she loves the most.
And fail she did.
Every 25th-versarry is special. But the 75th Hunger Games (also known as the Quell Games), is much more special than any other. Instead of the normal participants being drawn, previous victors are the ones who will join. And Katniss is no exception. Being the only female victor of the Hunger Games for District 12, she’s an automatic contestant.
Capitol is overly eager to get rid of her, and assassinating her, wouldn’t stop the uprisings and would rather make things worse. So another Hunger Games for her. But she’s not saving herself this time. It’s Peeta she needs to save. Peeta who is much more valuable alive than dead. Peeta, who can move crowds with his words.
Besides, the Capitol isn’t stopping unless she’s dead, so what's the use of her getting out of the games alive? Knowing the Capitol, they have tons of tricks up their sleeves.
But the rebels have one weapon up their sleeve too.
The mockingjay. The mockingjay is also one way of torture by the author Suzanne Collins. (Waiting for the 3rd book's release is painful as it is!) (less)