Audiobook Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on January 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Audiobook Review: Legend by Marie LuLegend by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Published by Putnam Juvenile (11.29.2011)
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook, 305 pages
Length: 7 hours, 48 minutes
Narrator: Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan
Source: Library
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4.5 Stars

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.

My thoughts

As far as dystopians go, Legend rates among the top of all the ones I’ve read. There was plenty of action; not once did I get bored, because there was little to no lull in the plot. Something exciting was always happening! Danger and suspense abound; secrets, lies and government corruption! Oh my! It was everything I love in a dystopian novel (and why it’s one of my favorite genres).

In my mind, I make a silent promise to my brother’s killer: I will hunt you down. I will scour the streets of Los Angeles for you. Search every street in the Republic if I have to. I will trick you, and deceive you; lie, cheat, and steal to find you. Tempt you out of your hiding place, and chase you until you have nowhere else to run.
I make you this promise: Your life is mine.

DUDE. June is the kick-ass heroine I crave in a book. She’s strong, being military bred, and she can hold her own in a fight. YES. She still had emotional moments, but she wasn’t weak or whiny. And despite being a badass, she was easy to relate to. I loved how down to earth she was, and she kept a level head in sticky situations. In the case of a zombie apocalypse, I would want her on my side!

Day was alright. I liked him, but I didn’t swoon for him like I thought I would. I mean, I love bad boys. And he ended up being a big sweetheart. He was open and honest, I just didn’t love him like I hoped I would for some reason. Perhaps June just outshined him…

There was a perfect amount of romance for me. I can’t stand it when it’s laid on too thick. This one had just a touch of romance, and it moved slowly. Just how I like it! I especially enjoyed it because it was an unlikely romance. Poor street boy and rich privileged girl, their lives thrown together through loss. It was difficult, sometimes tragic. There was conflict, which is what made it so realistic.

The world building was cinematic. I had no problem visualizing the world Lu painted in my head! I loved her writing style, and I love it when an author can pull of alternating points of view because it allows you to see much more of the characters’ individual emotions.
Something I thought was interesting was the ritual of wearing white at funerals because of black, and the explanation of the volcano and the ash covering the bodies. And the skiz fight, that was one of my favorite scenes!

The ending…ohhh, gosh. I kinda saw it coming, but it still sucked. And things were left pretty open for the next book – which I will definitely be reading Prodigy when it comes out!


The narrators were alright. I don’t have any complaints about Marial; in fact, she did great! She had the perfect amount of emotion in her voice for the appropriate times, and it made it seem realistic. Steven, on the other hand…not so much. It’s not that he was bad, I just didn’t feel it when he was narrating. Not to sound creepy or anything. But he didn’t portray the emotion like Marial did. Plus his voice kind of annoyed me. He clicked his tongue when he talked, or something…I don’t know how to explain it. But it grated on my nerves. I got used to it toward the end, I suppose.

Random thought: Something that sucks when listening to fantasies and dystopians is the spelling. I totally thought her brother’s name would be spelled Matteus or Matteas (because they pronounced it Muh-tey-us), and it’s Metias. If I had been reading it, I would have been saying his name waaay wrong in my head! (i.e. muh-tie-us or muh-tee-us…) Which is why I like it when they put the pronunciation in the book.


“Each day means a new 24 hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment. You take it all one day at a time. You try to walk in the light.”

assessmentPlot: 4.5/5
Writing style: 4.5/5
Narration: 3.5/5
Originality: 4/5
Characters: 4.5/5
World building: 5/5
Pace: 4.5/5
Cover: 4/5

Overall rating: 4.5/5 

Jessi (Geo)

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