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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (45,040 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marie Lu Narrator: Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Legend Series Release Date:
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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.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fast-paced blend of action and science fiction (with only a hint of potential romance) means that this one will likely appeal to male and female readers alike. Debut author Lu has managed a great feat—emulating a highly successful young adult series while staying true to her own voice. Legend will give Hunger Games fans something worthwhile to read.”

    VOYA (starred review)

  • “A gripping thriller in dystopic future Los Angeles. This is no didactic near-future warning of present evils, but a cinematic adventure featuring endearing, compelling heroes.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Lu’s debut is a stunner…[It] raises hopes high for the sequels to come.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Fine writing and excellent execution. Sequel, please!”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “An action-packed love story full of inventive details.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • Legend doesn’t merely survive the hype, it deserves it.”

    New York Times

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the Winter 2012 Kids' Indie Next List: Teens
  • Nominated as a 2012 ALA Top Book for Teens
  • A 2014 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Audrey | 2/20/2014

    " This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. There was plenty of action and it was driven by love for family and between June and Day. I had originally picked it up because in the author's bio it said she was inspired while watching Les Miserables. You can see plenty of connections but it is also (in itself) a good story. I was captivated by the plot and would read for pages at a time. I can't wait for the 2nd book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cassidy Lundberg | 2/13/2014

    " Loved this! It is another dystopian society book, so it kinda of has a been there done that feel. Despite that I really enjoyed it. Well written, good characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nathan | 2/11/2014

    " This was an excellent book. It was well written. Day and June are great characters. I enjoyed them together. The world was interesting as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristal Martinez | 2/3/2014

    " After reading the Matched trilogy, I was in desperate need of a more action packed story line. I primarily gave this book 4 stars because I enjoyed Marie Lu's in the moment style of writing. However, the plot was pretty predictable, the story felt rushed and unfolded rather quickly. I enjoyed the main characters, June and Day, for the most part but mainly because i'm a sucker for a couple of good bad asses. I think the story could have dove deeper into June's family. Maybe more detailed back stories about her parents and her brother, Metias, which would have added some complexity and depth to the story. Specifically their discoveries of the Republic's secrets and the events leading to their deaths. I think I may be starting to become a little apathetic to the YA Distopia genre after the last few series I have read which have been less than memorable but overall, I enjoyed the book for what is was worth and would recommend it to pass the time. "

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