Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

RATING: StarStarStarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Dystopia

(Legend #1)

The United States is gone, along with its flooded coasts. North America’s two warring nations, the western Republic and the eastern Colonies, have reached a breaking point. In the midst of this broken continent and dark new world are two teenagers who will go down in history….

Born into the slums of Los Angeles, fifteen-year old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. A mysterious boy with no recorded image or fingerprints. A boy who should no longer exist. A boy who watches over his family until one evening, when the plague patrols mark his family’s door with an X–the sign of plague infection. A death sentence for any family too poor to afford the antidote. Desperate, Day has no choice; he must steal it.

Born to an elite family in Los Angeles’ wealthy Ruby sector, fifteen-year old June is the Republic’s most promising prodigy. A superintelligent girl destined for great things in the country’s highest military circles. Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country–until the day her brother Metias is murdered while on patrol during a break-in at the plague hospital.

Only one person could be responsible.


And now it’s June’s mission to hunt him down.

The truth they’ll uncover will become legend.



Legend lived up to its name… well, almost. I have minor issues but a good dystopian novel such as this can eliminate even the smallest of problems. It is cold and ruthless. With a more-than-capable heroine and a legendary hero, I was smacked down by Marie Lu with her cryptic story.

June is a prodigy but at such a young age (she’s fifteen), she’s still vulnerable to a beautiful boy and the unknown thrills he brings with him. I liked that Lu portrayed June as this uncertain girl coming out of her adolescence despite her genius in military ways. Lu is effective in her writing: I hated June when she scorned the people in poor sectors. I loved her when she took action the day she realizes her wrong towards Day.

Day is an enigma, but it is not a secret how much he loved his family. To go at such lengths to save them, it was incredible. The bleakness of Day’s world did not deter him to still want something good for his brothers and his mother >> and this is why I love reading dystopia: the hope is there. Although I’m a bit doubtful that his feats are legendary, they do coincide with June’s profile. Day was this beautiful boy in such a strict society and he. just. shines. His character has an old soul and I really liked that.

Was it explained how their world came to that dystopian disarray? I don’t think so. The conflict that brought the Republic and the Colonies on different sides was blurry at the same time. Those aspects brought the rating down to a 4. Still, the story delivery was compact and the suspense was gripping.

Legend is a pretty good dystopian read. Hard-boiled and brutal, I could not wait to read its sequel.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


4 thoughts on “Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

    • Hi Tina, try NBS or Fully Booked if you have a branch near you. I’m not sure if there is Powerbooks in your area, but you can check there as well. Or, you can buy through – they offer free shipping here in Philippines. hope this helps!

      P.S. love Cebu! i will be there this June.

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