- Audio CD
- Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (29 Nov. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611760089
- ISBN-13: 978-1611760088
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.1 x 14.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 185 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,486,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Legend (Legend Trilogy) Audio CD – Audiobook, 29 Nov 2011
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"?a well-written, emotionally satisfying read..." ? "VOYA", starred review
"?cinematic adventure featuring endearing, compelling heroes." ? "Kirkus", starred review
"?the delicious details keep pages turning?" ? "Booklist", starred review
"?many dystopian books are filling the shelves, but this book stands out." ? "LMC", starred review
"Lu's debut is a stunner." ? "Publisher's Weekly", starred review --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
"New York Times" bestselling author Marie Lu (www.marielu.org) graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin's Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one boyfriend, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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June is a strong main character. She wants to prove herself to the Republic, prove that she's ready. She's determined to avenge her brothers death and bring Day down.
Day is an extremely resourceful and strong. He would do anything for his family, which ends up being his biggest downfall.
The Republic are covering up a lot and June starts to uncover what's been going on with the help of some notes from Metias. Metias had been trying to figure out what happened to their parents, and he left everything he discovered for June. The Republic are controlling everything and June uncovers some things about Metias's death and the plague that cause her to turn against the Republic.
There's bit of romance between June and Day. It's not the main focal point, but it's there. I wasn't a huge fan of it in Legend because it felt so rushed, but it might get better in the next books.
After everything Day lost in Legend, I hope he can save his brother Eden, since he's the only family Day has left. I also hope there's a bit more about the Patriots in the next book, I'm curious to learn more about them. Legend was a strong start to this trilogy and I can't wait to read the next two books.
This book gave me everything I needed and expected from it's genre. There was a good mix of heartbreak, love, lust, humour, grief, sorrow and everything in between. The problem was that I felt like I was just reading an amalgamation of everything I have already read before. It was a good amalgamation but an amalgamation nonetheless. A certain staleness permeated this book and I couldn't shake the many references and comparisons I drew to the other powerhouses in this category.
My initial thought was to give this book 3 stars but I am currently just over half way through Prodigy (the 2nd book in the trilogy) as I am writing this and it is this book's saving grace! It is a far superior read, in my humble opinion, and I would happily reread Legend 100 times over just to read this book again. I feel like the author has undergone a huge maturation in her writing skill and there is such a noticeable difference in the quality of each book. I can't wait to read the third installment.
The main characters - Day and June - were only supposed to be around 16 years old. However, for most of the book they seemed a lot older. Not just for what they were doing but how they spoke and what they thought. Maybe this was a result of their situation and the 'world' that they grew up in forcing them to be older than their years. Whatever the reason it was sometimes hard to take and keep in the back of my mind that they were so young.
The switch between the the points of view didn't phase me and actually gave me more of an insight into each character and their back story to really understand how they had arrived at their current lot in life.
One character that did grate on me was Commander Jameson. Unfortunately she tended to come across as a bit cartoony - and at some point reminded me of the character Christopher Lloyd played in Roger Rabbit. Especially at the end of the film where he's outed as a cartoon himself. I feel that she could have dialed down a little and not be so over the top.
Despite these points the story moved along quite quickly and was easy to read and did keep me engaged to the end. Day and June were likable characters (June more so after learning a few home truths later in the book) and I rooted for Day and wanted him to win!
I'm assuming that the follow up book will explain more about the Colonies and the war and how the Patriots fit in to the whole Legend 'universe'. It would have been nice to read a bit more about it in this book.
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