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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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Marie Lu
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, it's, er...yeah, a little biased. :) Shameless. I know, I know!
“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”



☆☆☆☆☆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

Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
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
Jan 27, 2012 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
Jul 16, 2011 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
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.

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 spect
Rachel E. Carter
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: br
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.


• 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
Updated@24/01/2018 : Strange, I looked back at a comment I'd make in 2015, and I think this comment sums up why I dislike Legend series. In order to save you some time, here's my reason:

Because reading/watching a bunch of Japanese action-themed manga/anime and then writing something based on them and then labeling it as 'dystopian novel' AND THEN devoting most of said novel to tell us how cool and awesome (and good looking) your MCs are really doesn't cut it.

Pre-review: I read Legend
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is a series that is beyond popular on my goodreads feed and now i know why!

the world-building and character development in this book is top shelf. there is so much plot packed into this book that i was constantly engaged. with a corrupt government, strong female protagonist, high-stakes action and reveals, this has everything i love about a YA dystopian story.

i have no idea how the rest of the series will play out (considering how much happens in this book), but i am very excited to find
Jul 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This book was a re-read for me so that I could finally finish out the trilogy. I pretty much feel the same way I did back in 2015. I enjoyed the book and the characters.

I love Day so much and I love Tess and June.

I love that even though Day and June were enemies at first because of what June thought happened to her brother, they came together and found out the truth. It seems like there are some jerks running around lying. BUT, they always are right?

The Republic and The Colonies are at war, t
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
*Update* .... We are getting a MOVIE! Marie just announced it - you can see it here!

I'm honestly not the biggest fan of dystopian as a genre, but oh my, Marie Lu nailed the characters. Oh, I was drawn in SO FAST and I'm still in love even though it's been years.

Me... thinking about Day...

Day and June are so sweet and I LOVED their chemistry. My biggest complaint though is that they definitely act way older than 15. I'm not sure why Marie Lu didn't just m
Ahmad Sharabiani
Legend (Legend #1), 2011, Marie Lu
Legend is a 2011 dystopian young adult novel written by American author Marie Lu. It is the first book in the Legend trilogy, followed by Prodigy and Champion. The book is set in the Republic of America, a police state located in the Western United States who has waged war against its eastern neighbor, the Colonies of America, since its creation in 2054. The country is led by the Elector Primo, who has rigged elections to rule for several decades, with the capit
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2014-read
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
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it

I am always afraid to read a book when 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
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
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was dreading the metaphors here, like I do with all YA books. It was a nice surprise to read only two lines guilty of this sin... I only remember one of them. Mentions pain in Day's leg like being in a bottomless lake.

June and Day are precocious soulmates, who are also at different ends of the social ladder. That ladder plays a role in this narration. This is after all, a dystopian future. I liked the June/Day interaction quite some. But if I had to describe the entire tone of the book, I woul
Christine Riccio
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
THRILL RIDE. just posted a booktalk: review and discussion - ...more
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
4 Stars

I’m late to the Legend party, so I’ll keep this brief.

I’m not rating this 4 stars cause it blew my mind (it didn’t) or because it was a brilliant fantasy book (it wasn’t). If anything, it could be deemed fantasy-lite, with two main characters who were basically the same person.

However: I really appreciated the clean, crisp writing, the freedom from bogged down filler, the totally bitchin’ pace, and the fact that it took me less than two hours to put away, start to finish. So for that, di
The Burning Rose (Jess)
4.5/5 stars.
Just have to point out that all the stars are for Day. The book was very nice, I really liked the idea. It’s a bit cliched, but not something critical.
Mohammed Arabey
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Welcome to The Dystopian Republic of America..

The U.S.A now divided, a Republic & Colonies..each side in constant war..
The Republic has certain sectors suffer a Plague..only the wealthy survive and got the cure..
The "Elector Primo" of the Republic is the president for his life, his successor is mostly his son..
This typical Dictatorial Republic System is already a Dystopian..So, as I started.. Welcome to The Republic of America..Welcome to 'Legend'.

A nice idea The author Marie Lu, shows a typical
Aug 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pardon me for raining on the dystopian parade but I'm 5 chapters in and- already the plot development and progression seem patently obvious.

I think

Because I'm assuming the republic had Metias killed, pinned it on Day just so they could send June to track and kill Day.

I'm also guessing the two will fall in love, fight the bad guys aka "The Republic", then become the symbolic heads of the resistance. Right?

*passes book to 14-yr-old daughter*

DNF @ 20%
Elena Salvatore
I low key knew that I would like this book from the beginning and it didn't disappoint.

In a world were the rich and the poor are devided by more than just money, Day is a boy who survives on the streets. He is wanted by the government and he is their no1 criminal even tho he never killed anyone. That is until one day he throws a knife at a soldier and that soldier turns up dead.
Now his little sister June wants revenge. She made it her mission to be the one to find Day and make him pay fo
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
❝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.❞

Rating: ★★★★

Being a fan of Marie Lu's The Rose Society, I didn't doubt my excitement for this one. Having a familiar taste in her writing, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. And I wasn't! The only problem is, since this is Marie's first actual novel, I noticed changes made in her writing. But that's a good thing, meaning her wr
Tweebs♥️ (hiatus)
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think I would've enjoyed this book way way WAY more if these characters weren't fucking 15 years old. Because NO .

I couldn't accept anything because their ages kept slapping me in the face.

FOR REAL, this was me :

*Cool, intense scene happens*
*suddenly remembers their 15 years old*
Me: Wait...these little fetuses did this?? NOOOOOOOO


*Romance scene happens*
*flips t
L A i N E Y
Finishing Legend made me really wonder (not for the first time) what it was about Marie Lu's novels that seem to went completely over my head? It cannot be her writing since it was more decent than your average YA. Could it be her characters? - maybe. Could it be her stories? - possibly.

Clearly it's something. That something that stopped her novels from being a 'Wow' and end up a 'meh'.

I truly don't have much to say for this book. Trust me, I tried. I finished it yes. It didn't offend me yes. At

“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
Darth J
May 01, 2015 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 ca
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Wham, bam, thank you ma'am.
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