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Not a bad story by any means, but I get the feeling this has been done before, and there weren't many elements to the plot or world that felt unique aNot a bad story by any means, but I get the feeling this has been done before, and there weren't many elements to the plot or world that felt unique after having read only a few other YA books (relative to the types of books I've read throughout my life).
I also felt that it was predictable and that certain lines from the characters' thoughts (which I won't list here for spoilery reasons) were just unnecessary foreshadowing. The buildup and the ending weren't nearly as exciting as they could have been because we're basically told how it'll go down.
Perhaps I'm a bit burnt out on dystopias, but very little of the setting felt real enough to take seriously. A fifteen-year-old prodigy whose skills require that seasoned, adult military personnel now have to obey her every word - her every whim - without so much as a glance or a second's hesitation... That's convenient.
Undecided if I want to read the rest. I have no interest in it as of now. To be fair, the book was interesting enough to read quickly (for *me* lol), but I think a title like Legend means that it will be epic, which it was not....more
Um, I feel like I need to take about a week or two, maybe longer, to organize my thoughts on this book before I can properly review it.
Orrr I can justUm, I feel like I need to take about a week or two, maybe longer, to organize my thoughts on this book before I can properly review it.
Orrr I can just go with my gut and just say that this book has made me feel for a story, for characters, in ways that I don't think I've really experienced with any other. I can't explain myself because I don't even fully understand what I'm feeling. I just know that this book is true - true in the way that Anna Quindlen differentiates truth from honesty in her foreward - and that it applies to people, not just a place and time that existed only in the author's memory.
I was never expecting to feel guilty, of all things, about things I'd done just because Francie Nolan had felt that way herself. I hadn't expected feminist thought. How do people from all circumstances, places, and times connect with a story like this? I couldn't even picture some of the old objects and processes depicted in the book, nor was I at all familiar with any of the songs or sayings from Brooklyn during that time, yet it has to be the clearest example of real, everyday life that I've ever seen in fiction.
Anyway, I'm sure this has been said by about 15213242141 people, but I just like getting my thoughts out after finishing a book. Truthfully, I've been super eager to finish this (after months of picking it up and putting it down) because I have a pile of books that I've wanted to start on so badly.
Aaand of course I would feel sad that it's over now.
Although, really, for Francie - and for the rest of us - it's just beginning....more