Thursday, August 6, 2015

Legend gets 4.5 Stars

Legend by Marie Lu gets 4.5 stars in my book review of this dystopian teen/YA read.  Alternating narrators is done mostly well.  The story is surprising and not completely predictable.  The story is set up for the series, and supposedly there will eventually be a movie based on it.  Alohamora Open a Book YA Lit, clean read, action, boys, girls, teenagers, dystopian, fast read,

I have another dystopian, post-apocalyptic, book for you.  If you haven't OD, overdosed that is, on dystopian books you should give this trilogy a read.  It is full of adventure, action, and an enjoyable storyline for boys and girls alike.  It is also quite clean in the language and sex department but there is some violence for you parents wondering about the books content. 

Legend by Marie Lu is the first in this engaging dystopian series, Prodigy and Champion are the 2nd and 3rd books,  My husband and I listened to the audiobook on our recent roadtrip and the reader was great as well. This is a great audiobook for an older family to roadtrip with.  You all will enjoy and be engrossed in the story.    

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 Stars in my book review.  Overall, I thought the storyline was good, and it wasn't completely predictable.  I also think Lu did a great job setting you up for the next book, but she didn't leave you hanging, which I find to be annoying actually.  There was also a romantic aspect to the book that was cheesy at times, but somewhat interesting.  

The romance is actually what lost a half of star from me.  I like a good romance, trust me, but in Legend the romance between June, the heroine, and Day, the hero, just seemed silly at times.  For example, I don't understand why June would really think about Day hugging and kissing her when she has far more important and pressing issues on her mind like the mystery of her brother's death or what Day said about the trial and the plague.  To be consumed with an infatuation at a time like that, from such a focused, determined, and strong female character seemed silly and out of place.

However, even with my take on the silly romance side of the book, which I realize some girls will absolutely love, this is a great read that if you haven't checked-out you should.  

Amazon had the following book description

"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. 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.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills." 
If you have read, and like, the Divergent and Hunger Games series, and you are eager for more then go get this book.  It's a great read for middle school students, high school students, and adults alike.  

Reluctant readers will be excited to hear that they are going to, eventually, make a movie based on this book. 

Happy dystopian action filled book reading!

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