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Legend - Marie Lu More of my reviews can be found on my blog.

I automatically compare every dystopian book I read to the epic-ness of The Hunger Games and The Divergent trilogies. Can’t help it actually, these two have set up a bar for others to surpass. Did Legend surpass it? No. Was it a fascinating and thrilling read? Yes, it was.

"You should have taken me with you," I whisper to him. Then I lean my head against his and begin to cry. In my mind, I make a silent promise to my brother's killer.

I will hunt you down. I will scour the streets of Los Angeles for you. Search every street in the Republic if I have to. I will trick you and deceive you, lie, cheat and steal to find you, tempt you out of your hiding place, and chase you until you have nowhere else to run. I make you this promise: your life is mine.

The plot. While reading a dystopian novel I’m always intrigued by the question of how the heck did these societies end up like this? Legend was no exception. California is divided into different parts and plague is spreading everywhere. It’s the matter of how wealthy you are and whether or not you’ll be able to buy the curing medicine if you were to fall ill. The plot moved on very quickly and there were a few extremely shocking scenes like the one where Day is on the roof of his house protecting his family. Holy smoke! I did not see that coming. This and some of the surprises were essential to win me over, because whenever I read a book, and even though I like my clicheé books as well, I want to be surprised more than anything else. Legend didn't dissapoint with its cruelty and shocking actions in some of the major scenes like this family protecting scene.

The characters. Day is our male protagonist and someone close to him has gotten the plague. The boy stops at nothing to receive the cure, however, there’s this one tiny little problem: he is supposed to be dead and his new identity is a pain in the butt for him at the moment since he is the most notorious criminal in California. At the age of fifteen he has taken remarkable steps to harm the authority, therefore, has to pay for it. How to catch him? Enter June.

June is probably what we’d call a little bit of a genius. She, also fifteen years old, isn’t famous for her criminal record. On the contrary, she is the one person who has gotten a perfect score in the annual trial carried out by the government to determine one's future. She is unbelievably (and I mean unbelievably) smart and her physical abilities resemble to an Olympic athlete. At the beginning of this novel June’s brother is killed and the main only suspect is Day. So a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right? June is set out to be the leader of the investigation that is supposed to capture Day and bring him on his knees.

I was stunned by how smart these two were. Honestly. They were physically like little ninjas, playing an updated version of Tom & Jerry. Also, June was like a 21st century version of Miss Marple. I didn’t know how to deal with that, because my sister is 15 and it was hard for me to accept these two teenagers as some sort of master minds. Well, in fiction you can create anything, so I guess I can accept it on some level, but it was just funny at times. If June and Day would have been a bit older, it could have been more believable. Still, it was exciting to be in both of their heads.

The main disadvantage of this book was that Lu didn’t give us enough information about the society and I would have liked to know more about it in general. I hope there’s more to come though and I’m looking forward to exploring this dystopian community even more. I have a few guesses where the story could go, but I'm not that sure I'm right this time so I'll just have to wait and see.

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time...You try to walk in the light.”

It was a decent read with a few drawbacks. If you’re a fan of THG, Divergent, The Maze Runner trilogies etc then this book is probably a very suitable read for you. I enjoyed it and I’m eager to read the sequel next year.