LEGEND by Marie Lu, A Bookanista Review

I’d been looking forward to reading LEGEND since I first heard about it months ago. You know what? It was awesome.
Here’s a synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
From me… I feel compelled to bust out some bullet points, so here goes. Why LEGEND is legendary, or at least, why it seriously rocks:
  • It switches POVs between Day and June, which not only allows the reader to spend time with equally intriguing characters, but gives the reader such a broad view of the fascinating world that Lu built.
  • It’s fresh! How many military, espionage-ey, post-apocalyptic-ey YA books have you read? I haven’t read too many. Not like this one, anyway. LEGEND felt like a breath of fresh air.
  • The pacing was awesome.
  • LEGEND will work great for boy readers. It’s very action-oriented, and the romance is sweet and understated.
  • The theme of brotherhood (and sisterhood) (so, siblinghood) is strong. I loved this about LEGEND. At its core, it’s about love of family. This theme is very well handled, from start to finish.
In short, if you like books that are full of action and heart, you will love LEGEND. It's a while still before this one hits the shelves, but be ready for it in November. The word pre-order comes to mind.
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Oh my goodness, the bullet points are a win! It makes me so so so sad that I passed this one on without reading it. I thought I had 2 copies, so I sent one to another reviewer, but apparently, I only had the one. Booooo! So sad. Now I wait. Which is okay. I'm just impatient!

Going to try to get my husband to read this one while I finish up another. Based on your review, it sounds like something he'd read. I love how the font--even the color! <3--changes from June to Day's povs. God, I need more time just to read!

Thanks for the review, Veronica!

I full on AGREE! This is a new favorite book of mine :)

I can't wait to read this. I was already looking forward to it, but even more so now. Great review :-)

I think politics is a huge element in dystopian novels. Wonder why?

Yay! I want to tell all my guy friends who hate reading that there's reading can be fun too.

Must read Legend!

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