Legend by Marie Lu

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5 out of 5 Stars

I absolutely ADORED this book.  In a lot of ways, like most, I have been reading novels that will try to fill the emptyness in my heart that The Hunger Games left. Divergent and Insurgent did a marvelous job of filling my void, but in a way they almost made it greater because of their similarities. Legend, however, gave me a few things that the other novels could not, such as a heroine I really truly enjoyed.

This novel is set in a dystopian future America that is divided into two political groups, the Republic and the Patriot; written in first person, alternating characters every chapter. This is one of my favorite types of novels to read. I love getting to see what both characters are thinking without the author’s assertions.  June is the strong female lead in a dystopian novel that I have been craving. She’s smart, quick, semi-rebellious and can most definitely hold her own.  While I loved those attributes with other heroines such as Tris in Divergent or Katniss of The Hunger Games, they were more likely to through a pity party for themselves or over think their every move. They also lack something that has plagued couples since the beginning of time- communication. It drives me nuts that they just don’t tell their male counter part what they are doing and why. The male lead, Day, is someone that is impossible not to love and trust worthy. Even though he is on the run from the government it is impossible not to side with this kind, generous, and good looking boy.

Their story kept me turning pages until the very end. There were a few situations that were easy to predict (making it an excellent read aloud or Lit Circle novel to discuss foreshadowing) I was still surprised by a few things and all in all could not put the book down.

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