Thursday, December 15, 2016

Legend By Marie Lu|Review

Legend (Legend #1))
Published by Speak on November 29th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 305
Format: Paperback
From different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths...

Until June's brother is murdered, and Day becomes the prime suspect.

In a shocking turn of events, the two uncover what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths to which their country will go to keep its secrets.

My Thoughts

In my opinion, this book started out strong. It had a lot of potential with the background to the story. There’s a war. A plague. However, that’s all we knew. But we knew evenness in the foreground of the story, even as it progressed.
At the age of ten, each citizen is to go through the Trial, which is essentially a test to see if you are worthy enough to be included in the government’s army. As one of the very few teenagers to ace the test, June isn’t as big of a genius as the story makes her out to be. 
Does it bother anyone else that it has taken years to get a lead on Days and suddenly when June is put in charge, she finds him within days of her assignment. I’m no genius but didn’t Commander Jameson complete the Trial and succeed just as June did. Granted, June has been the latest genius to ace the test. But judging the tactics and the clues left behind, you’d think a futuristic, dystopian society would be better at locating people, especially those who are on the most wanted list.
The lack of world building is astonishing, really. As mentioned before, we know that there is a war going on. The Republic vs. the Colonists. Who the heck are those guys? Which side is which? What is their importance besides a quick blurb here and there? 
I find it interesting that the government is choosing the smartest kids and pinning them against the enemy. Don’t you think they could be doing something a little bit more useful? I’m not saying that people who scored lower are any less than those who scored higher, but you’d think the government would put the high scorers together to create some kind of a cure for the plague. Just a thought. 
What annoyed me the most was the romance. Because any sound mind would kiss a stranger in an alley only having known them for three days or so. It wasn’t so much the kiss that annoyed me, it was how it was executed. Lu throws in some wine as an excuse; to make is seem as if it were a drunk impulse. I’m sorry, but you’re going to have to drink a little bit more than a sip of wine to pull that off. 
Overall, I was disappointed with this book. A few of my friends actually love this series, which isn’t a problem. However, it just wasn’t for me.

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