Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu


Two teens on opposite sides of a new American war find solace in each as terrible truths about their world are revealed.


  • Lu crafted the Republic dystopia perfectly. It was chilling how possible the system was.
  • The characters’ arcs we’re well-developed, and their relationships made the story emotional and engaging.
  • The fight scenes were descriptive and well-placed.
  • Lu included details at perfect moments to keep me reading.
  • The romance was a perfectly balanced b-plot that enhanced the main plot.
  • The predatory government was a plausible and terrifying adversary to the hero and heroine.
  • The multi-POV structure provided keen insights into the characters, paced the story well, and created urgency and mystery.
  • There was constant tension, especially from knowing more than the narrators given the duel first person perspectives.

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  • I have zero problems with this incredible work.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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