Legend Series, Book 1

eBook - 2011
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"Legend doesn't merely survive the hype, it deserves it."
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Young Elites

What was once the western United States 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.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group


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Feb 26, 2021

SO GOOD 100% recommend!!

Feb 20, 2021

I'm reading the recomandantions for age and now I'm worried it's gonna scare me

Jan 24, 2021


Jan 22, 2021

Legend is a compelling novel that builds on the classic dystopic-American genre and puts together an interesting viewpoint of what the future could hold. Intertwining the story's two main characters and alternating the point of view between them, the book very effectively creates a series of events that leads up to the final unexpected cliffhanger. By showing the way that the two main characters each think about the events happening in the book, the author offers fresh perspective into how opposing viewpoints and misunderstanding can blow up a conflict beyond proportion.
Coming from two polar-opposite social classes, June and Day come together in entirely unexpected ways, the former as a scion of the wealthy and privileged, the latter as a street bandit struggling to keep himself and his family alive. Though they are separated by the same social divides that exist in our world, as well as the killing of June’s brother, they eventually come around to each other’s positions and unite against what they perceive to be the evils of an ignoble and oppressive government.
I would recommend this book for readers who enjoy science fiction books set in a near-future environment.

Legend By Marie Lu, I first read this book in Middle school for Battle Of The Books, And I instantly fell in love with it, I have read it over 6 times, I absolutely love this book, and it is one of my #1 favorites!

Sep 16, 2020

This book should be on every dystopian book lovers shelf. Written from the contrasting perspectives of both the teenage main characters, June-detective, and Day-criminal, hunter and hunted, you have the opportunity to see the story from both sides, connecting on a personal emotional level with both characters. Far from your predictable puffy novels, saying this book always keeps you on the end of your seat would be an understatement. I have never read a novel with so many unpredicted plot twists; what you expect to happen, doesn't, and what you could have never though could happen, does. As my favourite book of all time, I guarantee it will consume you mind body and soul, it is all you will think about for the duration of reading this book. The author gives you an endless strain of questions with every chapter, you begin to feel like the characters struggles are yours, you will find your self thinking of ways to solve problems the characters are experiencing on your free time, that is, if you have the willpower to put down the novel at all. 5/5 stars
@Anonymous of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Legend is a 2011 dystopian young adult novel written by American author Marie Lu. It is the first book in the Legend series followed by Prodigy, Champion, and Rebel. Legend is set in a future flooded, fortified Los Angeles, ruled by the totalitarian Republic. The novel centers around Day and June, two 15-year-olds on opposite sides of the economic spectrum. I loved reading this book because it is very action packed and once you start reading it you never want to put it down. I would recommend this book to teens 13 and up. Rating: 4.5/5
@PrettyKitty of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 03, 2020

So much like the Divergent series. If you liked it, you would like this. Excited to read the next one, as this one leaves you hanging!

Jul 23, 2020

Legend is a great novel with an action-packed plot and cool characters. Although the story was a bit slow at times, it is well written and suspenseful, making it an engaging read. It’s quite similar to Hunger Games but certainly has its own twists. Overall, a great read!

Jul 21, 2020

Legend by Marie Lu is a young adult dystopian novel featuring two fifteen year olds, a boy and a girl, who are opposite sides of power and privilege. They are both brilliant. The novel is action packed. I am sure it will appeal to many in its target age group

Jul 10, 2020

In the future, the United States separates into two countries: the Republic and the Colonies. When someone in the Republic turns 10, they take a test to determine what kind of job they will get.

June is fifteen years old and got a perfect score on her test. She was born into one of the wealthiest families in the Republic and is being trained to be in the Republic's highest military circles.

On the other hand, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But Day only steals for his family's survival. When June's brother, Metias, is murdered, Day becomes the prime suspect.

This story is captivating and leaves you wanting a sequel.

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Jan 16, 2020

"Did you set fire to a series of ten F-427 fighter jets parked at the Burbank air force base right before they were to head out to the warfront?"
"I'm kinda proud of that one."

Feb 09, 2019

“The boy who walks in the light”

Feb 09, 2019

“What a joke! Poor little rich girl's fallen in love with the Republic's most famous criminal.”

Aug 28, 2016

“The memory fades, and I’m left hanging on to the ghosts of his

Aug 07, 2016

"Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time."

Jul 26, 2016

"You try to walk in the light."

Jul 15, 2016

"You're brilliant, but you're a fool to stay with someone like me."

Jul 10, 2016

"June has never looked more beautiful than she does now, unadorned and honest, vulnerable yet invincible."

Jun 25, 2016

"I will hunt you down. I will scour the streets of Los Angeles for you. Search every street in the Republic if I have to. I will trick you and deceive you, lie, cheat and steal to find you, tempt you out of your hiding place, and chase you until you have nowhere else to run. I make you this promise: your life is mine.”

Oct 03, 2015

Why? You afraid of me or something? Only brave enough to shoot people' s mothers? Page 218 ( could'nt write all of it but those 2 pages were good)

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Dec 27, 2014

Violence: Some shooting, and very little kissing

Aug 13, 2014

Violence: Some shooting but doesn't describe and BTW there is onlt like 2 or 3 kisses

Jan 21, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: just hanging of the cliff scenes

Jan 21, 2014

Sexual Content: toooooooooo much kissing

Jan 21, 2014

Violence: guns and bullets and knives and stuff like that. also FYI people die

Apr 11, 2013

Sexual Content: A lot of kissing.

Apr 11, 2013

Violence: violence but nothing worse than :he got shot in the head blood flowed down the wound

Feb 27, 2012

Violence: Fighting, blood shed, violence


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Aug 13, 2016

A rich-sector girl—June Iparis—and a poor-sector boy—Day Wing—cross paths, as the boy is framed for the murder of the girl's brother.

Jun 24, 2015

June and Day are 15 years old and living in The Republic, which is at war with the Patriots and the Colonies. June is a prodigy with a perfect score on her trial, and is on her way to becoming a wealthy soldier, even though she likes to cause a bit of trouble. Day on the other hand failed his trial, and he lives on the street with a girl named Tess as one of the most "annoying" criminals. Their lives have no reason to cross, until June's older brother is killed and Day becomes the prime suspect in the case. June is given the mission of hunting Day down. But, when June finally meets Day, the situation takes a different turn, and they uncover the truth of who really killed June's brother, and to what lengths the republic will go to in order to keep it's secrets.

Oct 18, 2012

Legend is a book about a post-apocalyptic world with a ruthless government( the Republic). The government wants to separate the strong from the weak so they have every kid take a Trial to see if they are good to keep around. It follows two 15 year olds who are on different sides. One is a girl named June who is a Trial and Military Prodigy and who's brother has been recently murdered. The other is a Boy who is on the run. He causes trouble with the Republic and is Wanted. In the end they find that they are working together for the same thing.

Feb 27, 2012

Legend tells the story of a two remarkable 15-year-olds, Day and June, living on West cost of the United States now known as The Republic. This book instantly reminded me of Aladdin because Day is from a very poor area of The Republic and steals from the rich to help out his family and community. June on the other hand, has grown up in one of the wealthiest areas and has everything she could ask for and a secure future. Their paths suddenly cross after June's brother is murdered during a hospital break-in attempt by Day. The Republic's military uses June's thirst for revenge and has her track Day and bring him to justice. However, June soon finds out her safe world has not been what it appeared to be at all.

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