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Legend (LEGEND Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Marie Lu
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Legend is the much-anticipated dystopian thriller debut from US author, Marie Lu.



THE must-read dystopian thriller fiction for all teen fans of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Divergent by Veronica Roth. A brilliant re-imagining of Les Miserables, the series is set to be a global film sensation as CBS films have acquired rights to the trilogy. The Twilight Saga producers, Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, will produce.





Los Angeles, California


Republic of America



He is Day.


The boy who walks in the light.



She is June.


The girl who seeks her brother's killer.



On the run and undercover, they meet by chance. Irresistably drawn together, neither knows the other's past.



But Day murdered June's brother.



And she has sworn to avenge his death.


Dystopian fiction at its very best in this thrilling instalment in the Legend trilogy.






Praise for Legend:



'If you loved The Hunger Games, you'll love this.' - Sarah Rees-Brennan, author of The Demon's Lexicon



'A fine example of commercial fiction with razor-sharp plotting, depth of character and emotional arc, 'Legend' doesn't merely survive the hype, it deserves it.' - New York Times



'Marie Lu's dystopian novel is a 'Legend' in the making.' - USA Today



'Legend is impossible to put down and even harder to forget.' - Kami Garcia, author of New York Times bestselling author of film sensation, Beautiful Creatures




Marie Lu is a US author who works as an art director for a video game company. Legend and its brilliant sequel, Prodigy were built round the world that Marie Lu created for a popular Facebook game also called Legend. She was born near Shanghai but currently lives in California.



@Marie_Lu



www.facebook/legendtheseries


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If you like The Hunger Games, you'll love this! (Sarah Rees-Brennan, author of The Demon's Lexicon)

A romantic thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is what it seems - Legend is impossible to out down and even harder to forget (Kami Garcia, NYT bestselling author of Beautiful Creatures)

Legend doesn't merely survive the hype, it deserves it (New York Times)

Marie Lu's dystopian novel is a 'Legend' in the making (USA Today)

About the Author

Marie Lu is a US author who works as an art director for a Los Angeles video game company. She was born near Shanghai, but currently lives in California with her boyfriend and their three dogs. She is the author of the YA novel Legend and its brilliant sequel Prodigy.

@Marie_Lu

www.marielu.org

www.legendtheseries.com

www.facebook.com/legendtheseries


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hunger Games watch out - this is Legendary! 24 Feb. 2013
Format:Paperback
15-year-old Day has lived on the streets since he took the compulsory test known as The Trial (where every child's value to society is tested) and failed. He should have died then, but somehow he escaped and has been fending for himself on the streets of Los Angeles ever since. But Day has so much more to care about than where his next meal will come from and avoiding the police: for the Republic of America's most notorious criminal, life is one rebellious act after another. The world Day inhabits is in the future, a bleak future where the United States has been divided into two - East and West, or the Colonies and the Republic. The Republic is responsible for the death of Day's father as well as for Day's living conditions, and Day will do whatever it takes to bring the government down. His only friend is Tess, a girl he found wandering the streets and who quickly became his best friend. But Day's world, and his plans for the Republic, come crashing down around him the day he sees a three-lined cross on his mother's door which can only mean one thing: either his mother or one of his brothers has caught the plague.

Meanwhile, June, also 15, is the Republic's Prodigy. Ever since scoring perfectly on her Trial, she has gone from strength to strength in the eyes of the Republic and is set for an important career in the military, just like her older brother Metias. But then Day, in his efforts to procure a cure for the plague, kills her brother and June becomes more determined than ever to find Day and arrest him. But while Day is consumed with anger and a burning hatred for the Republic that comes with being poor and downtrodden, wealthy June has a naive innocence concerning the Republic and it is this that will ultimately land both her and Day in more trouble than either bargained for.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of [...] 27 Feb. 2012
Format:Paperback
I was very excited to read Legend as I'm a huge fan of the ideas behind dystopian stories and this one has had rave reviews. I did enjoy it, but unfortunately not as much as I'd expected to. Saying that, the book was entertaining enough, had several good points to it and I would still like to read the sequel. I believe that the film rights to this book have been bought, and I do think that it has a very cinematic feel, maybe making this better off as a film.

Legend is set in the urban setting of futuristic Los Angeles and follows two protagonists, Day and June. There is a war in America and Day and June are on opposite sides. June is a prodigy, a soldier who works with the Republic. Day leans more towards the Patriot side, he is a Robin Hood character who steals from the rich to give to the poor. He is also the most wanted person in the Republic. There is a plague that is ravaging the country and has infected Day's family. There is a lot more to the plague than a simple virus outbreak though, and several people come to realise this throughout this book. Whilst attempting to steal a plague cure, Day is accused of killing June's brother. June then makes it her mission to capture Day.

The plot itself is interesting and there is a lot more to still be explored in the sequels to this book. I don't think that the plot was anything particularly new, at least not so far, but it'd be unfair to judge that just from the first instalment. There were quite a few similarities to other Dystopian books out there. The world building could've been stronger - The setting wasn't terribly clear and I would've liked to know more about the two sides at war and exactly why, but again, there is room for exploration of this.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Legend - Marie Lu 8 Jan. 2012
Format:Hardcover
Length: 3:32 Mins
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I adored this book! 6 Feb. 2012
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"You're brilliant," he says. "But you're a fool to stay with someone like me." I close my eyes at the touch of his hand. "Then we're both fools."
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This is the second dystopian book I've read this week that has completely surpassed my expectations and I have to say, Legend is a powerful, addictive and fast paced novel that is action packed, with an explosive storyline and a love story that will leave you begging for more.

June and Day are both 15 years old who both live in completely different worlds and both will do anything for the ones they love. The only thing is, Day is the worlds most wanted criminal and June is the super intelligent girl working for the Republic. When Day breaks into a hospital to try to find medicine for his sick brother, he is accused of murdering June's brother, Metias. So June makes it her mission to hunt down Day and capture him so he can no longer run around the streets of Los Angeles'. However, when June finally meets Day for the first time, he's not like how the Republic have made him out to be - he's kind, sweet and not at all a monster but who is the real monster in this story.....Day or the Republic?

I'm so thrilled to have loved this book as much as everyone else because I'd heard a few mixed reviews recently but after reading the first two chapters, I was hooked. Marie Lu captivated me from start to finish and made me want to continue reading about the story and characters even when I finished the book. Now I have a long and painful wait until September for the next instalment.

What I noticed and loved about this book was how very unique the characters were. Both June and Day are portrayed as very different characters but if anything they are more alike than anyone else.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
This is a wunderful book. I wouldn't describe as the hunger games, like they do on the cover. The story is totally different and very interesting. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kim B.
2.0 out of 5 stars ... excited to read this book having heard lots of good reviews. It...
I was so excited to read this book having heard lots of good reviews. It sounded amazing, however I just couldn't get into it. Read more
Published 14 days ago by elishia
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Perfect. Apart from the second book, which was only great.
Published 26 days ago by Jonah Lenfestey
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the divergent trilogy you will like these
Very good book my daughter read this and loved it so much we ordered the next two and she finished them in a week
Published 1 month ago by Elly
5.0 out of 5 stars My New Favourite Dystopian Trilogy
In a dystopian world, Day is a teenage boy on the run from a government who want him dead. June is the government's prodigy - the only to every score 1500 in the Republic's exam. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aoife
4.0 out of 5 stars amazing but expected a little more
I have never been so excited to read a book like I have Legend. It was surrounded by SO MUCH hype and was always raved about by anyone who had read the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fatima
4.0 out of 5 stars Legend by Marie Lu
June is the 15 year old prodigy of the Republic. She's the only person to ever score full marks in their trial which makes her important. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Samantha (The Secret Life of a Bookworm)
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So good i couldn't put it down
Published 2 months ago by natalie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Dystopia
I avoided this for ages, not because I thought it would be bad but because it seemed it would tread an already well worn dystopian path. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tales of a Librarian
5.0 out of 5 stars epic
epic
Published 3 months ago by David M
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