Book Reviews, dystopian


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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

So, as you guys may be able to guess by now… I’m off school, which means between all the extra chores and other things, there is a time when you’re left wondering what exactly you’re going to do with your time.

I’ve been seeing this book everywhere – OverDrive, the library, in my sister’s bedroom – for a really long time, and it took boredom to beat me into finally reading this.

And honestly, this book isn’t bad. It really isn’t. I didn’t expect it to be amazing anyway, I just thought it might have been a bit more of what it actually was.

Nevertheless, this was an entertaining read: the plot was fast-paced, and we had fights and negotiations and dust bombs and tension.

I felt like I’d seen the characters a million times before in this saturated Dystopian genre, but I’ve convinced myself that this is what happens when I read a 2011 YA book. One thing that kind of ruined my enjoyment of it was the ages of June and Day… 15 years old. Really? I don’t find that very believable. They act more like 17 year olds, in my opinion. This is also that trope about those characters who were just born special. Also, June’s instant intelligence wasn’t something I buy so easily, it made sense with Day because they were explained from years of living on the streets.

The world-building also felt like every other typical Dystopian. It also reminded me a lot of The Selection’s terrible world-building, strangely enough. I don’t think there was enough detail on the where’s and why’s to do with the world-building and the government and everything… it could have been more convincing.

Despite spanning 300 pages, I felt that this book wasn’t enough to make up for that… if that makes sense. I’ve read so many other 300 page books where so much more happens. Here, I felt like there wasn’t enough depth to the characters or the world-building or even the direction of the plot. Despite being fast-paced, the ending is predictable from the blurb.

Anyway, these are my thoughts on how I found it. What do you think?

12 thoughts on “Legend”

  1. I haven’t read a Marie Lu book yet *hide* 🙈

    I had originally planned on reading her Young Elite series a while back but then it fees so overrated and idk…
    My friend enjoyed it but I’ve become so critical and picky with books now so idk if I’ll enjoy it

    Do you feel it’s just this book that was average or all her books in general?

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  2. Well, I read the first two Young Elites book. I really enjoyed the first book but the second book was such a disappointment I didnt read the third one.

    I’m not sure, it really does depend on your reading tastes, and this book was still a good read, I guess you’ll have to see for yourself 🙂


  3. This was one of my favourites for such a long time, but it was also one of the first YA dystopians I’d read, so I think a lot of that is nostalgia at this point. Glad you found it entertaining, at least!

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  4. this was one of the first dystopian novels I read and I enjoyed it! I however was also not convinced by the characters ages and Lu’s books are actually full of prodigies that are a bit too exaggerated!

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  5. I read this book about 5 years ago and I loved it, but… I don’t think I would feel the same way if I reread it.

    I agree with your review. It wasn’t bad, but it had some flaws. I’m thinking about listening to the series on audiobook in preparation for the new book coming out, though! So maybe I’ll enjoy it again.

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  6. Aw, I totally understand that! there are so many books I loved when I first read them because I was younger then and hadn’t read that much, and people’s reading tastes change over time!! thank you, and I’m sorry about this whole comments thing 🙂

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