Book review: Legend

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This book was kind of interesting for me.


For one because i did not plan to read this.

Or i mean i did want to read this book, just not at the time i actually read it. Funny how that happens sometimes.

I was actually reading 3 books already at the time I saw a free e-book copy of this, picked this up right away and read it straight through.


I didn't even had a chance to put it up on Goodreads "currently reading" because from the time i started to the point i had read the entire thing, not even 3 hours passed. Yes. A bit crazy. Or extremely. Or just book reading.


No matter. I read this book. Who cares how it came to be?


So lets talk about the my thoughts about this book already.


Here are the facts:




Legend




Author: Marie Lu
Language: English
Type of book: e-book 
Pages:  305 pages (hardcover)
Overall rating: 4 out of 5
Book series: Yes #1 from the Legend trilogy
Book received through: bought it myself
Summary on the book:
"What was once the western US 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."



Favorite thing/moment in the book: 
How Lu managed to unfold everything without making it overly easy or trying to make it overly complicated. She just found the perfect balance

Worth reading? 
If you want a different Dystopian, a fast paced and fast read: YES! 
Just give this book a try, i was completely unsure if i would want or like to read this until i just gave it a try. And clearly i enjoyed it. 
Just try it and see! 
   
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Full review:

First thought after finishing the book: I want the next one!


Alright lets start with what i did not like about this book, and then go into my rave about the rest of it: 

I thought the ages were completely unrealistic. 

Not because i was a typical teenager at 15, i did not act differently then i do today at that age, so yes you can behave adult as 15, but i just found that 15 was too young for what the characters did, their knowledge and how they behaved. And yes there is the prodigy factor, but even that its just... that bugged me a little bit. Especailly with the love interest parts, i just think that 15 is a bit young for most of the stuff in this book, even for a dystopian world!


But i just overlooked that fact and made the two characters that were 15 older and the problem was solved, especially since it is not really mentioned in the book how old they are, so i just changed that in my mind and enjoyed the book from that point on! 




I also thought the world and how the "dystopian" part happened could have been explained better. There was no real world building, more or less just a bit of: here it is, and while you read you learn what is happening and how. Which is okay, and for this story it did work! And the characters did discover parts of how the world came into existence and tried to figure out what was happening and how it all happened, so it made sense to not get a complete overview. Still it is just something that i notice because i miss it when the author doesn't give at least a bit of an explanation on what happened and how this kind of world the book is taken place in came to be. 

But once again this is something that can just be ignored and doesn't take anything away from the overall story. 




And now to what i liked: 


I really liked that there where those characters that were not stupid!


I loved that the girl was kick-ass and smart and just understood the world around her in a logical and realistic way. She did not expect to just be handed things because she was a "prodigy" or from a better of family. She worked for what she wanted. Not very often that that happens in books!

Also she could be put into a difficult situation and think the situation through. She was just very logical, not rash or didn't think and just did. She knew what she could do and worked with that. And i loved reading that, especially in a female character!

But the guy was written well as well (lets put a few more well into there!), he did what he did because he believed he did the right thing and because he had to. But mostly because he just thought he was doing the right thing. 



I enjoyed how the stories of the two main characters, Day (the male main) and June (the female main) became woven together and how it evolved from there. It all made sense. Nothing just "happened". 

They didn't accidentally meet and feel in love right away and that was it. 
In this book the characters actually did not love each other from the start, so points for that Lu!

Lu clearly thought logically about the steps and how the book was supposed to play out. I really enjoy when that happens and it showed in this book because the overall build up of this book made sense. There was not one of those moments where i thought: wait, how did we even get here?


And sadly that happens more then what Lu managed to do: to make a logical and easy to follow storyline that actually makes sense!



Sure some moments were a bit overdone or extreme or just a bit of a head scratcher of how they happened or why they happened like they did, but i just put those few moments off and into the "dystopian world" section and -yes you guessed it!- ignored it. 



Still there is lost of action that is not overdone or felt unreal. To be honest this book read a bit like a well done action/thriller movie, where the action and mystery solving exchanged scene and it just all flowed nicely together. 


Lu really did a good job with all of that. 


So overall?






Great book, really nicely written, good characters, interesting story, fantastic action! And a pretty good ending for the first book so that if you don't love the series or don't want to continue for what ever reason, you can leave it at this book and be happy with the ending. Love when that happens!



So just go read this book and enjoy!




Have you read this book? What did you think? Enjoyed it as well? COuldn't stand it? From the reviews i saw this book is really a bit of a hit or miss, either you enjoy it or don't like it at all. I would love to hear what you thought, f you read it or if you plan to :)



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