Legend by Marie Lu | Book Review

Hello everyone!

Today I’m going to talk about a book I’ve read a few weeks ago: The first book in the Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu.

Without further ado, let’s start with the book review!




Goodreads Synopsis:

LegendWhat 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. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.
Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.


Author – Marie Lu

Title – Legend

Publisher – G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Publication date – November 29th, 2011

Pages – 336

Price – 8.66 $

ISBN –  ISBN13 9780399256752

Series – Legend #1

Version – Paperback

Genre – Young Adult/Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Trigger Warning – Violence/Death

Language – English

My Rating – 📖📖📖📖 1/2


# What I liked

This is not the first book by the fabulous Marie Lu that I’ve read (but the first that I’m reviewing). I already read Warcross some time back and I loved it! (My review of that one comes soon!) So I had like a special feeling that I wouldn’t be disappointed by her previous work.

The first thing I really liked in Legend was that it had alternated points of views. Day and June the two main characters of the book. I like seeing the different perspectives of the different MCs in a novel. It’s interesting to see what they think about different things happening in the story and how they react to it or to each other. And it makes it difficult to choose which character you like best! Because you just can’t hate any of the main characters when you can read their POV.

Another thing I liked was the badassness happening in this first book of the Legend Trilogy. It was amazing!!! Especially June. She was a badass character that I liked a lot. Particularly in the end!

Last but certainly not least, can we talk about that Plot Twist, please? Okay, I kind of knew what was going to happen as it was predictable but I just liked it a lot because I wanted this to happen. And then when it happened I was pretty satisfied with myself. I know some people didn’t like the plot twist and I can’t say that I liked it 100% because I thought somebody else was the real culprit but more of that will be discovered in the What I disliked section!

# What I disliked

I know this seems contradictory but like I mentioned in the What I liked part I had some problems with the plot twist even though I liked it a lot. I should probably better write the next part in red as it could be a spoiler. (But probably no spoiler, so I’ll just put it in red just in case!) I didn’t like the chosen person that really killed Metias. I thought of someone else but definitely not that person! I just didn’t like that part of the twist! 

I also didn’t get any Les Misérables vibes. I was told that it was inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel but yeah I simply didn’t see any similarities. So that disappointed me a little as I waited the whole time but I didn’t read the chunky book so I only have the movie as a reference. So apologies if there were Les Mis’ vibes!

Otherwise, I have nothing to say as I didn’t hate anything in the book.


# Favourite Character

I know! I said that I liked June a lot but *drumroll* Tess was my favourite character. She is a minor character who you’re going to meet at the beginning of the book and she’s such a lovely person that the only thing that you want is to protect her at all cost.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. On my edition, it was written that Legend would be inspired by Les Miserables but I honestly didn’t see any resemblances there. Apart from the revolution but nothing else! I thought that it was going in the same direction as The Hunger Games than Les Miserables. However, if anyone of you got the references of Les Mis’ please let me know! Because this was one of the only things that really bothered me. Now I’m looking forward to reading Book 2!

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Have you read Legend? What are your thoughts on the book? Or do you plan to read it? Please let me know in the comments below!

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