The gold and the black

A review of Legend by Marie Lu

What happens when the most perfect military prodigy sets her sights on capturing the most wanted criminal in The Republic (and they are both 15-year-olds and super hot)? I'll tell you what happens: a book you cannot put down. Legend by Marie Lu takes place in a future Los Angeles that is flooded, poverty stricken and divided into Sectors based on the results of military trials. The elite citizens of The Republic (those that did well on the trials) live in relative comfort while the poor (those that failed the trials) are starving and fighting off the plague. 

Handsome, charismatic, rebel Daniel "Day" Altan Wing breaks into a hospital to steal plague vaccines for his sick family. An event occurs that sets beautiful soldier June Iparis after Day, even though she's not sure he's committed a crime. As June investigates, she uncovers lies, jealousy, and murder. Does she stay loyal to The Republic even when her instincts tell her to question everything? Can she trust Day? Or does their powerful attraction cloud her judgment?

Legend is the first in a series of books loosely based on Les Misérables that explore the ongoing battle between The Republic and The Colonies in a sort of Pan-Asian world ravaged by extreme weather and oppressive military rule. June and Day tell their version of events in alternating chapters, in black ink for June and gold ink for Day. It's a very cool looking book and I'm excited to learn more about these characters and their amazing abilities. 


While reading this review, I saw HUNGER GAMES! blaring the whole way... I mean really. In future Los Angeles, there is a boy and a girl who are rebels and criminals, and there's a place called the Republic divided into Sectors?? I'm sure it's well written and everything, but I don't really like the idea.

Hi Lilly, I initially thought the same thing about Legend being another dystopian Hunger Games knock-off, but it's really not. If I had to compare it to another series, I would say it's more like Matched, because there is a lot of science involved. Also, the Los Angeles setting is not at all like Panem. Sectors are just neighborhoods in Los Angeles, not completely different geographic parts of a country. I am really looking forward to reading book two, Prodigy, and am curious to see if two colors of ink are used, again, for the alternating chapters.