Legend - Marie Lu


By Marie Lu

  • Release Date: 2011-11-29
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 1,672 Ratings


A New York Times bestseller!

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.


  • Legend

    By BookLover22
    This is honestly my favorite book! Day and June are the best characters. I would recommend this book to anyone!

    By Jacko blasto
    My favorite book of all time. I think anyone in to distopyan books will love it. For fans of The Hunger Games, and Divergent.
  • By far, the best book I've ever read

    By Leah Scheiner
    an amazing, action packed, romantic, crazy, and mysterious book is retardedly awesome and amazing. I personaly loved day much more because he was so much wiser then june and from the way june acts in the rest of the series... no spoilers, but it really annoys me. day is a little annoying in the 2nd book but that is because of his emotional, scary, terrible, childhood tradgedy trust issues.READ IT!!!!!!!
  • This book is awesome

    By MRStables
    I loved this book so much that I read it in less than a day and I have read it about 5 times after that and it still is not boring. Furthermore I recommend this book to readers of all ages because the plot keeps you occupied with nonstop action, and at least for me it made me look at life in a completely different perspective.
  • A thrilling page-turner

    By VerifiedArianator
    What an amazing book! I love the sophisticated details of this dystopian novel, made it an excellent and interesting book with the cute romance. I would recommend this trilogy to anybody looking for a dystopian United States to go ahead and read.
  • Amazing

    By 📗📚📚
    Amazing book It's so good I've read it 3 times
  • No words can describe it

    By DauntlessInitiate357
    I started reading this series a week ago. It's impossible to put down. I'd never thought I'd say this, but I think it's as good as The Hunger Games. Sci-Fi + Dystopian + Romance + Action = Amazing! I definitely recommend it.
  • My favorite!

    By Ajfurst
    This series is BY FAR my favorite. Better than Divergent, Hunger Games, etc... I love the strong female lead. I also enjoyed the action. I picture it like the slow motion, matrix style fighting. June and Day are the best love story I have read in the Dystopian genre.
  • well done, story driven

    By archetype67
    Legend is the first of a trilogy. Set in a future where parts of the US have become The Republic, and others 'The Colonies' (and they are at war, plus the Republic is also facing a rebellion in its own borders), weather is extreme and society has become more structured, the haves and the have-nots more obvious. June Iparis is a prodigy - the only individual in the Republic to score perfectly on their trial which is used to determine what level education you receive and what jobs you are suited for. She is also an orphan. Early-on, she narrates her rebellious streak, her relationship with her beloved brother, and how wonderful and powerful and good the Republic is. Then, there is Day. He narrates his life as one of the society's less fortunate. He's from a poor slum where life is hard, resources scarce, and plague a constant threat. He's supposed to be dead, failed his trial, and now, he's wanted for criminal activity - he likes to disrupt the Republic by bombing things, steal supplies, etc although he's never killed anyone. When Day risks everything to save a family member, June hunts him - for personal reasons. As is typical of dystopian novels, she comes to learn that not everything she was taught is the truth. But, her conflict with Day is personal. Both narrators are well-drawn, voices distinct enough. The action is tight and the novel moves along quickly, without extraneous plots of giant chunks of exposition explaining the history of the world. In fact, few details are known on the how or why, or even a complete picture of the current state of the world of Day and June. The focus is on the characters and the action. The theme and the connection to issues of today are clear, but not overdone - no long speeches or chapters of rumination on the meaning of it all. No big surprises or twists, but it also didn't feel contrived or unoriginal. And while the changing relationship between the two narratives is expected, it isn't overly angst-filled or focused on more than the plot or theme. Legend is one of the better YA fantasy novels.
  • Amazed

    By Dizzyingdpyz
    The whole entire series was amazing, hands down the best book series I have ever come across. I'm a bit sad about the ending of Champion, but I have fanfiction 😉.