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A Legend-ary Review

This summer, I decided to purchase the book Champion by Marie Lu, the concluding book in the Legend trilogy. I decided to bring it along with me on a long drive to a pool party. I was riding in the back of my family’s car, flipping through the pages, completely absorbed. We were almost at our destination and I was frantically scanning the words in order to finish it. I swear my heart was pounding.legend_marie_lu_book_cover

As we pulled into the driveway, tears were streaming down my face. I’ve only cried during one other book in my life. Now, once in awhile I’ll get emotional while reading a book, but that was the first time I’ve ever cried as hard as I did.

This book has not gotten the recognition it deserves. It should be as popular as the Hunger Games, if not more. (Read that too, if you have not. I recommend it.) And after telling lots of friends about this book, I realized that writing a review might be the best thing to get people interested in the book. And I realize that one cannot begin with reading the concluding book of a series, so I’m going to be reviewing Legend, the first book in a series by Marie Lu.

Legend is a futuristic, dystopian novel that focuses on America after a civil war left the country separated into two sides- the Colonies and the Republic. While most popular dystopian novels are unrealistic due to their  I have very little interest in politics although this recent election has certainly piqued my interest, but despite this book’s political tone, I found myself enjoying it a lot more than I first assumed I would.

As for the characters, you can’t help but become captivated by their personalities. June, the female protagonist, is a spy working for the Republic. She’s privileged, rich, and has incredible skills. She’s the smartest girl in the Republic, and she’s only fifteen.

marie-lu-2Day, on the other hand, is a boy living on the streets. His family thinks he’s dead, he has no money, and he has no house. He is insanely skilled and smart, but nobody knows it. How could they, when he’s the most wanted criminal in the Republic at age fifteen?

After June’s brother is brutally murdered, she believes that Day is the one that did it. She goes after him, enraged and ready to use her tracking skills to hunt down this criminal. But the boy that she meets is nothing like the murderer she expected.

That’s all I’m going to give you, since I don’t want to give away any spoilers. You’ll have to read it yourself. Now all you have to do is go out and buy it. You’ll be doing yourself a favor!

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