The best way for me to describe Legend is intriguing. The mystery, action, characters, romance…everything about it was extremely well done. Legend holds its own in a literary genre that can sometimes feel overdone and cliché. It’s uniqueness and believability makes it stand out as something truly wonderful.
The plot development is paced beautifully to keep the reader entranced, never dull or boring and never rushed either. Marie Lu is an extremely gifted writer who excels especially at action sequences and exquisite, precise descriptions. Her prose is not flowery and overdone but simple and packed with life. Each scene is gripping, each character life-like and fully developed.
I loved the vascilating points of view of Day and June. Each voice is necessary to see a full view of the world. Day is fantastic. Adored him and his confident, vulnerability. He is aloof and stoic on the outside, yet feels deeply on the inside. June is tough and strong and ridiculously smart, yet fragile and trusting and also a bit stupid at times as far as common sense goes. I adored both of them.
Lu does a fantastic job building her world qradually and fully, making the reader unaware that there is even world-building going on. It’s gorgeous.
Also a great asset to this story is the romance. The characters are 15. They are young and new to love. Lu does an excellent job capturing that. It’s a sweet romance, an innocent one which makes it all the more beautiful.
Overall, Legend is a fast-paced, unique world that I thoroughly enjoyed diving into. I look forward to reading the next installment, Prodigy, and anything else Marie Lu decides to gift the world with in the future!