The Legend Trilogy
Legend (Book #1)
Prodigy (Book #2)
Champion (Book #3)
By Marie Lu
Day is one of the most elusive and sought after fugitives of the Republic. He’s so good at what he does that the Republic doesn’t even have an accurate description of his appearance let alone the knowledge of his true identity. June is the exact opposite of Day. She is the Republic’s shining star, their golden girl. She is the prodigy of the Republic and advancing through their military teachings and hierarchy at an unprecedented rate. What could be more interesting than seeing the lives of these two formidable characters intertwine? Marie Lu’s Legend Trilogy details the lives of Day and June as their two seemly separate worlds collide. The series is definitely dystopian in nature with insightful social commentary on our current culture of extreme capitalism and consumerism. The books also delve into the hard topics of death, revenge, justice, and what it means to selflessly love one another. I would call this series a mash up of The Hunger Games and the show Revolution meets the show The 100. If you enjoy action, this is the book series for you. If you enjoy realistic relationships, this is the book series for you. If you enjoy being taken on a ride with unexpected turns and endings that aren’t 100% satisfying because they have a ring of reality, then this is the book series for you.
I’m not going to go into detail about the books in order to avoid giving away any spoilers. Instead I’m going to give you the rough brushstrokes of what I thought about each one. In my opinion the first book, Legend, began extremely slowly. Tediously slowly even, then again it might just be that I am not the biggest fan of dystopian post natural disaster America tales. Dystopian might not be your cup of tea either. That’s not a problem. As I said, they aren’t mine, but I still stuck it out and gave Legend a chance, and I’m very happy I did. Once I got to page thirty or so, I was hooked. The storyline, the characters, and the depth of Marie Lu’s writing all pulled me in. I fell in love with how the book wasn’t only told from the perspective of Day but June as well. I really enjoyed the fact that the chapters were printed in different colors and fonts that added to the development of Day and June as characters. I know some might find the color choice for Day’s point of view a little off putting, but I relished it. The differing in point of view allows the reader to get into the minds of these two characters and to hear not only a strong male voice but an equally strong female voice. Overall, Marie Lu does a masterful job of introducing the characters and laying the groundwork for the greater plot of the story within this first book. The reader has no choice but to continue onto the next book.
If I thought the first book was slow going at the start, the second book, Prodigy, is like jumping onto an already going treadmill set to 50 miles per hour. There’s action, emotional turmoil, victories, and failures. Things happen one after another, and you can’t set the book down. Lu is able to add more depth to her characters, and the reader gets to explore who Day and June are to their core. I love how the point-of-view change between Day and June allows for the reader to pick out differences in their personalities. Specifically, you can really get a sense of how meticulous June is. How every time she enters a room she calculates every exit point or how many tiles there are on the ground or how long it would take to cross certain distances. You get to experience June’s prodigy, her calculating mind. We also learn in the second book how the United States as we know it today crumbled and just how the Republic and the Colonies came about. I, for one, was getting antsy not knowing the history behind this dystopian future that referenced the U.S. we know today.
Now I’ve strayed away from just giving the rough brushstrokes haven’t I? I’ll wrap this up quickly then. The third and final book, Champion, might not be everything you want it to be. There might be some tough calls and valiant efforts made that aren’t made without some losses. The ending might be a little too realistic for your taste. I will admit I wasn’t originally a big fan of the ending. My romantic tender heart wanted less reality and more dreams come true. That being said, after rumination, I adore the ending. It’s unexpected and extremely accurate. I wonder what you’ll think of the ending… so tell me in the comments!!! Half the fun of reading books is hearing what other’s thought of them! In conclusion, I am a major fan of Marie Lu as a writer and a definite fan of Day and June.