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Legend by Marie Lu Audiobook {4 Stars}

Legend by Marie Lu is the first in a trilogy that will be completed shortly. The third book, Champion, is due out in November! I purchased a physical copy of Legend earlier this year because I love the interior fonts and textures used. However, it was suffering the usual fate of books already published, no matter how tempting: review books kept pushing Legend aside. So I used some spare credits to get the audiobook version! I’m very happy to have finally started this trilogy, since it does the dystopian genre proud!

(I’m sick and on cold medicine, so if this review seems a bit strange, I’m sorry D:)

Note: I listened to Legend on an audiobook, which can definitely color my opinion of the story in general.

Legend by Marie Lu Audiobook {4 Stars}

Legend by Marie Lu
Narrated by Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan
(Legend #1)
Published by Putnam Juvenille on Nov. 29th, 2011
Genres: Dystopia, YA
Page Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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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.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • There were lots of little things in Legend that delighted me. I would feel silly listing PUPPY as a strength, but the presence of an adorable pet that isn’t used as a dramatic twist was enjoyable. I also enjoyed the computer hacking and secret blogs as plot devices since I haven’t read much about blogs in dystopian stories ;-).
  • The ending of Legend was rockin’. There were feels and a surprisingly realistic set of events. I had been wondering how in the world things would end in such a way as to allow more books (ie with the main characters not dead, haha), and Legend pulled it off in a way that is actually believable instead of ridiculously lucky ;-).
  • Whenever you have a story told from a boy and girl’s POV, it’s kind of obvious where things are likely to head. However, the romance in Legend was definitely slow-burn, with no one professing undying love, but there being a definite attraction brewing. I appreciate that June and Day were able to prioritize survival over googly eyes!
  • There were two narrators for the audiobook of Legend, a man and a woman. They switched off at the expected intervals since some chapters are from June’s perspective and some are from Day’s. I thought that both narrators pulled off the voice of the opposite gender well enough when they needed to :).

Weaknesses:

  •  I wasn’t a huge fan of the pacing of the female narrator’s reading. She pronounced a couple of things oddly (“chimney” only has two syllables, NOT THREE) and it seemed like she was over-pronouncing to the point that I wanted her to speed the heck up.
  • I have to admit that Legend felt like a rather typical dystopian story until the last 1/4. If I didn’t have lots of people telling me how much they love this trilogy, I’m worried I would have put it down before realizing the awesomeness!
  • The plot of Legend was fairly predictable in that there wasn’t any huge betrayal or reveal plot twist. Legend felt like the kind of story that would have worked well with a twist though, so I’m hoping the future books have one?

Summary:

Overall I’m thrilled that I finally read Legend and I’m trying to decide whether I should buy Prodigy, get the audiobook or wait until the winter holidays >.>. I kind of want to binge on this series when Champion comes out! If you enjoy dystopian YA and are looking for something to help you recover from the end of the Divergent series, you should definitely check Legend out!

4 Stars
Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

– Anya

 

 Legend by Marie Lu Audiobook

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Comments

  1. Josiphine says:

    I didn’t really care for this audio book. Day’s voice bugged me for some reason. I love the way you review audiobooks though!

    • Fair enough! I’m always picky when it comes to male narration too, for some reason the boys never seem to narrate as well as female narrators, haha. Thanks :D

  2. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

    Pretty sure I do need to read this..lol. But I would probably stick to the book and not the audiobook :P

    Glad you ended up enjoying it!

    • Are you not an audiobook fan? Or just very picky? ;-)

      • Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

        I do like audiobooks, but would probably get annoyed with the female narrator’s speed and pronounciations. I do really enjoy audiobooks though since they allow me to play WoW and still read..lol I listened to Ender’s Game last and it was the 50th Anniversary edition, it was awesome :)

        • Haha, I totally used to do that when I wanted to do grinding things! Now I resist from WoW though, sigh. Has the new expansion been announced yet? Last I checked it was still just panda world happening? How do you like Panderia?

  3. I love this book ;) Prodigy is even better!
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  4. I liked this book but didn’t love it as much as everyone else. I need to read the next one already since #3 just came out! LOL!
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  5. Right now I’m reading Legend again so I can start Prodigy and Champion which i just picked up! I loved Legend the first time I read it and I hope the other two books are just as good!

  6. Stephanie Moore says:

    I love Legend and I just started on Prodigy but I can’t wait to read Champion, I hope in the end the Republic and the Colonies come together to form the United States again :)

  7. I think it’s fun that there was a blog and think I’d probably enjoy it in the same way I enjoy it when books are referenced in other books. It’s nifty to have your hobbies show up and I think it can help me relate to a story. Also, PUPPY is a completely valid pro for a book. I love a good animal companion in a book :) I hope you feel well soon!

  8. This is on my maybe list if I get back into dystopian. It was one that seemed to not fall into the curse :)
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    • That seems like a good idea! I hear you about the dystopian ban, but I can’t resist continuing to read the ones that everyone loves, haha.

  9. Get well soon!
    I’ve also recently finished Legend in audio.Took me awhile to adjust to the narrator’s voices. :)

    I only own Prodigy in paperback and man am I tempted to purchase the box set! Beautiful Legend in it’s new cover glory…

    • Yeah, I liked that there were two and that they switched off at the expected times, but it was weird listening to two different versions of the characters talking, haha

  10. I just started this! I really like what you said about the slow burn romance and that you enjoyed the ending. Great review, glad you really liked this one! :)

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  11. kelpeterson says:

    You’re still sick? Aw, drug up and I hope you feel better soon. :)

    I’ve heard a bit about Legend and I’m glad you found it enjoyable, though most dystopian reads, good or bad, are currently way at the bottom of my pile. I will be interested to see your thoughts on Vicious and Avalon. They both looked pretty interesting.

    In other news, in case you’re interested, I finished a book last night and finally caught up after my skipped day on NaNoWriMo! Yes, I am ridiculously happy about that. And I repeat, never again taking a break unless I’m already ahead. So not worth it. ;)

    • I keep feeling better and then worse D: I’m starting to suspect allergies snuck in when I wasn’t looking >.>

      Avalon is quite intriguing so far, Bermuda Triangle in space :D and Vicious is an awesome twist on superpowers with some really gray characters *mwahahaha*

      Yey, I’m so glad you caught up :D

  12. Dragana @ Bookworm Dreams says:

    Legend is a little bit predictable in the beginning but it’s well written and has some original ideas, so I am glad you enjoyed it. I haven’t read Prodigy so I can’t way if it gets better but we can both hope.
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