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Legend by Marie Lu
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Dec 19, 2011

really liked it
Read in January, 2012

The biggest different between Legend and the other dystopians I’ve read (Hunger Games, Divergent are the two I’m talking specifically about) is that it is first person POV of two characters. There are two reasons why I love that. First, I ALWAYS want to be in the male lead’s head. ALWAYS. ESPECIALLY in Four’s head (Read Divergent. It’s ah-maz-ing) and beyond YA dystopians, even back in Twilight I wanted to know what was going on in Edward’s head.

The other reason why I’m SO glad Ms. Lu went this direction is because she HAD TO. This is the first story where there were two TRULY main characters One could argue that books written in third person solve this, but Legend is different. There would be no story if we weren’t IN June’s head and at the same time IN Day’s head. Much of that comes from their intelligence. Which leads into my next point:

You never read a book and think “oh the main character isn’t smart” but Ms. Lu went and told us HEY these kids are REALLY REALLY SUPER SMART! They’re smarter than you! And the best part of that was that they still sounded like kids. I think that is my one irk with a lot of YA fiction. They don’t sound like teenagers. (Bella’s vocabulary in the Twilight Saga, puts my daily word usage to shame.)

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