All about Books
This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
First off, sorry I've been a bit distant on here over the last week or so. Life is being good and it means a few things have had to take slight back seats. But I'm going to be making up for it this rest of the month, as I have plenty of posts planned in various topics. :)
Now, swiftly moving on. Today's book review is 'Legend' by Marie Lu. For me on Goodreads, this was also a buddy read.
The book is still in development for a film adaptation, apparently, but from what I could find, there has been no recent news on it for a couple of years.
Author: Marie Lu
Part of a trilogy: Yes, Book 1 of the Legend trilogy
Original publication date: 29th November 2011
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (Read November 2017)
This book and I have a past.
I wandered past it for at least two years in my favourite bookshop, while it sat on the shelf staring at me. I'd wanted to pick it up for a while, but then 2017 happened. And as Warcross was being released (I haven't managed to get a copy yet) and I want to read it, I finally decided to take the plunge and buy Legend.
Wow. I loved it. The change in text and other small things made it even easier to distinguish whether I was reading about Day or June, but their characters and voices were totally separate, so it was easy anyway. I enjoyed them the most, which is good since it's 1st person and we spend most time with them.
I thought I knew the secondary characters pretty well, but though some clever- yet often horrible- twists, I realised I didn't at all. This book is full of surprises. Just when I wondered whether I'd figured something out or knew what was going to happen, BAM!! I was proved wrong. Some potentially interesting questions, I think, are raised and could be discussed from this book.
After the success of the dystopian genre in books such as The Hunger Games and Divergent (which I enjoyed) and following on with ones such as The Maze Runner (which I gave up on halfway through), I wasn't entirely sure how I'd feel about it here. Legend doesn't feel too much like a dystopian, though I can see a few similarities to The Hunger Games perhaps. But Legend is definitely more unique than it might seem on the surface.
One small issue I had was the romantic relationship between Day and June, which did seem a lot like insta-love. I don't know, I kind of understand it to an extent, but it did sometimes like it just had to be put in there for the sake of it.
Thankfully, waiting so long has its good points. In this case, it's that all the books in this trilogy are out now, so I'll be buying book 2, Prodigy, as soon as possible. :)
As it's been out for six years now, what are your thoughts if you've read it? If you're like I was and are unsure whether to pick it up, then I do recommend it, particularly if you like dystopian novels and those mentioned above.
Happy reading. All the best.
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