Legend is filled with action and well written characters. I really enjoyed it (finished it in a few hours) but it wasn’t the best book I’ve read this year (not naming any names yet). The main problem I had with this book is insta love (or is it semi-insta love?).
June and Day just meet and a few days later they are almost kissing, and let’s not mention how the next they Day get’s drunk and they share a passionate moment. They weren’t declaring their undying love but they’d gone from stranger to lovers, skipping any in-between stages.
Legend is told in two POVs (Day and June). The two characters are so similar, Lu needed to change the color of the words to differentiate between the two. Honestly, I thought June and Day could have been the same person even though they are of different genders.
Characters: June & Day, they were perfect (not in the “oh this movie is perfect!” sense). They were amazing at everything. Day breaks into a hospital and has many guards open fire on him. One bullet grazed his leg.
Oh and June! June is freaky smart. She is a child prodigy (graduating from college/highschool at fifteen). Yet, she couldn’t realize that maybe the government isn’t who she thinks it is though all the clues were given to her in a basket.
I have to say all the characters were written very nicely. From the moment you meet Metias, you just have to love him. Even the minor characters like Ollie the dog were cute. I’m still wondering what happened to him…..
I really, really, really loved how all the characters had EMOTIONS instead of being brick walls. Even a tough wall can break, and Lu showed that very well. I really felt for the the characters unlike in Switched where I didn’t give care about what happened to them.
Plot: Even though the plot can be quite transparent at times, it is still entertaining. I enjoyed the action sequence, even though it was pretty improbable. I guessed the big twist from around halfway into the book which was disappointing.
Some of the characters were predictable – mostly Day. I guessed what he would do very often. My favorite scene has to be where Day and Tess first meet June. I felt like I could have been in the crowd right then.
What I liked/disliked: Liked:
Action Well Done Characters Emotions
Transparent Plot Perfect characters Unrealistic at times
In conclusion: I liked the book and might pick it up again. I wouldn’t mind buying it, but probably not going to rush to Amazon/book store any time soon. Though it has flaws, it is a refreshing change from many of the newer dystopian/YA in general.
Favorite Character: Metias
“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
The idea is interesting – if not completely original. The society reminded me a lot of the Giver by LAt first I liked this book, but it did not last.
The idea is interesting – if not completely original. The society reminded me a lot of the Giver by Lois Lowry.
“Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. But there are also no choices and feeling. Every person is assigned a role in the Community.”
- An excerpt of the description for Giver (via Shelfari)
Matched’s society had no freedom. The Officials decided everything, or gave you a very limited choice, from who you marry to what you do on your spare time. It was interesting I suppose, but I couldn’t get over the fact at how docile everyone was.
I don’t care that this was their life. It’s still weird. It gave me the feeling that even though this wasn’t a zombie book, it was. Drugs weren’t involved (unless you count the tablets). Would I have survived?
Ugh, no way.
I hate love triangles (unless they are made well). Ky and Xander were good I guess. They weren’t horrible characters, mind you. I liked Ky a lot until the end. Xander was really nice and sweet but he was, other than that, boring. Now, Ky and Xander were both liked Cassia – as all love triangles go. Why? I don’t know.
Characters: Cassia is really annoying. Period. She’s too Bella-esque for me to really like her/sympathize for her/feel anything for her.
She is the typical YA heroine; she had no backbone, practically perfect, gorgeous, had the hottest guys googling at her, ect, ect… Don’t you just have to dislike those girls?
Then guess what! At the end, she goes off on a mad quest looking for Ky – even though he did something that was unforgivable.
Ky was mysterious at times and sometimes just downright annoying. I have to say at times I liked him the best because he seemed strongest. The end ruined it for me. I will forever dislike him.
Xander was boring. I didn’t see any qualities about him that would make me like or dislike him. He was just a good boy who did what he was told and had no personality which makes me really annoyed.
The character I liked the most was probably the most minor one: Cassia’s Grandfather. He was actually entertaining to read about. Her Grandfather had personality and I was quite sad (even though I knew it was going to happen) when he died.
Plot: Now, don’t get me wrong. This book did have it’s ok qualities. Ally Condie isn’t Stephen King, but she can write a good plot. This wasn’t the best book I’ve read, nor is it the worst, in terms of plot.
It is a dystopian with an interesting society (that being the only reason I picked it up – me being a sucker for dystopia). The government is all-powerful (as it is in many YA Dystopia) and controls its people with order. Everyone has a certain job, everyone has a certain partner (though they do let people be single), and everyone is happy.
But wait! That be boring. So let’s put a love triangle in it and poetry. There we have it folks: The plot of Matched.
I have to say, the poetry was a nice touch and I am thankful Condie didn’t over-do it. The love triangle bit was nice at first but it got annoying.
What I liked/disliked:
■ Poetry ■ Government ■ The Mountain Climbing ■ Technology
In conclusion: I wouldn’t buy the book and probably wouldn’t borrow it again, but it is worth reading once. Would I read the other books? Probably not unless I am planning to read & review it. Matched is an OK book, not worthy of all the hoopla, but it is worth a shot.
Did Sisyphus have to do this, too? I wonder. Stop for a minute and concentrate on holding firm, on pushing the rock just enough to keep it from rolling down and crushing him, before he could even think about trying to climb again? - Cassia