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Legend
by Marie Lu
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 12 and up
LEXILE READING LEVEL: HL710L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Putnam Juvenile
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2011
NO. PAGES: 336
GENRE{S}: Dystopian Fiction
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Mixed
SERIES: Legend Trilogy
SEQUEL: Prodigy (Legend Trilogy Book 2)
ISBN: 039925675X
READ & REVIEWED BY: Jen - StorySnoop


The Story
Legend—Book Review

Two very different fifteen-year-olds have grown up in the Republic, a plague-ridden nation that is unceasingly at war with the Colonies and led by the Elector Primo, who is in his eleventh four-year term as president. At the age of ten, each citizen must take the Trial, a test that determines the path of the rest of their life. June is the only person who has ever received a perfect Trial score and has spent the past five years being trained as an elite military leader. Day failed the test and, rather than face the labor camps, has spent the past five years living on the streets, waging his own private rebellion against the Republic. During a desperate attempt to protect his family from the plague, Day breaks into a hospital lab and June's older brother Metias is murdered. Now June will stop at nothing to track down the infamous Day and avenge her brother's death. But when their paths finally cross, the two begin to realize that they are not as different as they once believed. In fact, they may even share a common enemy.
The Scoop
Legend—Book Review
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Legend is a fast-paced and engaging dystopian read that will appeal to both boys and girls. Occupying a future Los Angeles, the Republic is a military dictatorship led by a pseudo-elected official. In this nation, the rich and the poor reside in different districts and have vastly different privileges. Day, who is smart, street-savvy, and observant, comes from a less privileged background. After failing his Trial at the age of ten, he begins to learn the horrifying truth about the government and becomes a fugitive. While the Republic portrays him as an infamous criminal, Day is actually more of a Robin Hood-type figure who attempts to right some of the government's wrongs. June is a highly intelligent and capable prodigy who has been groomed for the military since receiving a perfect score on her Trial. She has never doubted the actions or motivations of the Republic, but as the story progresses, she begins to question the value of blindly following orders. In spite of her desire to avenge her brother's death, she hesitates when she realizes that the boy she meets on the streets does not match his reputation. Before learning one another's identities, the two teens are drawn to each other and a romance ensues, which adds tension and suspense to the story. June and Day share just a few kisses and there is no language, but the story does involve some violence, including brutal interrogations and two murders. Readers will root for these unlikely allies, and will look forward to following them in book two of the trilogy.
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