Review: Legend by Marie Lu


Hi Munchworms!

Legend (Legend, #1)In September, I was completely sold on Warcross by Marie Lu. I decided then and there, right after finishing it, that I wanted to read more of her work. So, of course I got my hands on the Legend-trilogy. Eventually.

I used Fantastic February to get some series read and this was one of them!

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.

The good

Her writing skills were amazing even when she wrote these books, that’s for sure! I was completely blown away by it when I read Warcross so I really hoped I’d experience the same with her older work and I did. These books read like a train, let me tell you. I finished Legend in barely a day and loved every second of it!
It’s rare that I actually have enough time to read a book in one go. Often chores or appointments get in the way of doing that but this time: nope!

The memory fades, and I’m left hanging on to the ghosts of his words.

I adored the switching of POV’s. Going from Day to June and back really gave the story that more depth and allowed us to have insight in both their characters, motives and reasons for their behavior. Honestly, I loved the fact that they each had their own font and color even more! It made it a whole lot easier to pick up where I left of when I had taken a short break – like, to go get something to drink and talk to my boyfriend for a bit. I just had to look at the font to know what POV I was reading!

When it comes to their actual characters… June definitely is a bit on the naive side, but it’s understandable. I could totally see where she was coming from, why she did what she did and why she had a hard time accepting everything that was happening around her. Not to mention the girl’s sarcasm. I love a girl with sarcasm and she has tons!
Day… He got me curious from the start. I wanted to know how he came to live in the slums without a fixed roof above his head. Why he hates the government so much. Why he sacrifices himself to pretty much save everyone around him even if he doesn’t realize it.

The bad

I have to say I thought the world-building could’ve been a bit better. I understood what was going on and I had an image of what the politics looked like but I was missing history. I wanted to know how everything came about, what the exact reason was for the Republic to stand up against the Colonies. I really missed that in Legend and it frustrated me at times.

If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.

Another thing that.. well, annoyed the hell out of me is the insta-love / insta-attraction going on. It was just, poof, there and I hate when that happens. Honestly, it’s been a while since I read a book with this big of an insta-love and it made me realize how much I’ve started to loathe it? Maybe here it was more pronounced because it really was over the top-fast. Who knows. I have to add that it didn’t bother me all that much anymore because the sequels kind of made up for it a bit?


All in all, I’m definitely glad I decided to read these books! Who knows, maybe I’ll get my hands on The Young Elites next?

As for the munches, there really wasn’t all that much mentioned I could do something with? Like, I don’t know.. Maybe I was so focused on reading that I just completely don’t remember anything food-related? I’m thinking that’s more likely, to be honest

Has anyone of you read The Young Elites? Is it worth reading? Is it better than the Legend-trilogy? Let me know!



19 thoughts on “Review: Legend by Marie Lu

  1. Lovely review, Kathy! I think I agree with everything you said here – I really enjoyed this book, but somehow I found it a bit lacking in world-building, too, I wanted… more of it, I wanted to feel fully immersed in another world and… I missed a bit of building and details, I think. Still, it was a really promising beginning to the series 🙂
    I have read The Young Elites and found it quite amazing – I think I liked it a bit better than this one even if they are really different. The world was great and the characters were all quite shady and amazing haha 🙂 x

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    1. Thank you!

      Exactly! I did like that we got way more background and world-building in Prodigy but I would’ve liked it better if those things would’ve been mentioned in Legend already. At least you’re left with less questions that way and it’s easier to make sense of things and completely lose yourself in the story.

      Oooh, I love shady characters! Next time I can justify ordering books.. Haha 😀

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    2. I’m glad to hear that – makes me want to go on with this series for sure 😀
      YES haha, you have to read it soon – whenever you can 😛

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  2. Now that you mention it the world building is not very developped indeed. But I loved it and I’m so happy you did too!

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  3. I read these years ago – I thought the first one was iffy but decided to keep going anyways and they got SO much better as I want. Glad I continued. Haven’t had a chance to read anything else by her yet, but I really want to!

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    1. Right?! I also loved how she wrapped up the trilogy. Champion was a real roller coaster to me, haha. I’ve yet Warcross too and absolutely loved that book. Up next is trying to get my hands on her The Young Elites-series. 😀

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  4. I wish I liked it that much ….for me it turned out pretty average . There was so much going on , yes , but it didn’t get me caught up . And have you completed the series ? I’m waiting to see what you think about the ending 🙂

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  5. I have yet to read this trilogy by Marie Lu, but I have read the first book in the Young Elites series. To me, it was beautiful. It’s one of the few books that I have read that are dark but in a good way… like a good evil if you will…. also the ending of that very book… made me cry like a little baby. But it was very good. I have yet to read the rest of the Young Elites series but the first one…. I would definitely recommend! I really need to get round to the rest of her books XD Awesome Review 😀

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  6. I had been planning on reading this when there was a lot of hype surrounding it, but now I’m kind of glad that I never got around to it– I HATE insta-love. It’s one of my biggest bookish pet peeves. Great review!

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  7. Ooh, four cupcakes? I’ve been meaning to read this in a while- actually, I’ve been meaning to read Marie Lu in a while, I was considering starting with Warcross 😀 This sounds pretty interesting, and I do love when the characters are super interesting 🙂 I do get what you mean on the insta-love thing though, it can be very annoying -_-
    Great review!

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    1. Yup! Warcross was the first novel of hers I read as well. There was so much to do around it and I couldn’t resist, haha. Absolutely loved that book. I still like the Legend-trilogy but I can definitely see she improved since writing those books. 🙂
      Thanks, girl!

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