Legend by Marie Lu


Rate: 3.5/5


Medium: KindleBook


 Overview (No Spoilers): As with A Monster Calls, I was directed to Legend from a list of book-to-movie adaptions in 2016. After reading Pillars of the Earth, which was a marathon of a read, the relatively short reads of A Monster Calls and Legend were almost welcome but as a result felt too short. As going with my current theme, Legend is another dystopian novel, however it falls on the young adult spectrum. From what I’ve been able to find about the upcoming movie, it appears that the adaption has stalled with the director from Warm Bodies pulling out, so it is doubtful that we will see Legend make it’s big screen debut in 2016. The book itself takes place on the west coast, specifically LA, whereupon the world has been torn apart after rising water levels. The book specifically emphasized the role of government in maintaining the differences between poverty and wealth. As with The Testing, Hunger Games, Divergent, and Red Rising, the youth of these dystopian worlds are required to compete a test, or more specifically a Trial, which will place the tester in their future role in the society, however a negative Trial may in result in termination. As expected with YA, the novel has several eye rolling moments between the two protagonists, who despite being sworn enemies, develop a magical spark overnight. Overall, the Legend captured my interest throughout and I was eagerly anticipating starting the sequel.


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