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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: November 2011 ISBN: 9781101538388
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A New York Times bestseller!

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

  • “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 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

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula Davies | 1/30/2014

    " I really enjoyed this as I'm currently really into books with distopian themes. Definitely an easy read which is what I'm looking for in books right now because as a new mother I'm tired all the time and I need a book that doesn't drag on and put me to sleep... action starting on page one which is wonderful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Costanzo | 1/29/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. The two main characters, Day and June, were well developed. I am very curious what will happen to them in book 2! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Steadman | 1/19/2014

    " I read this in a day. Actually less than a day, it's a quick read. I looked Lu's handling of dystopia, which is becoming a tired trope in YA fiction. In her hand, it felt fresh. Looking forward to reading the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aniqa | 12/20/2013

    " THE BEST BOOK I'VE READ AFTER DIVERGENT !! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelica Figueroa | 6/18/2013

    " I loved this book it was full of action and mystery. Very well organized great build up to climax. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clara Honigberg | 6/14/2013

    " This book was very fun to read! I couldn't help myself but read ahead of my group... The ending is a little bit unsettling to me but the plot was fun to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethe | 1/17/2013

    " Still excellent the second time around! Wish it had a map of the city sectors tho. I want to jump right into Prodigy. I wonder if it will reveal what happens to Ollie? You know I worry about the canine characters, however minor they may be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared | 12/24/2012

    " This would have been a five star book but it ends SO abruptly. I got to the end and was actually looking for the next chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Sherrill | 6/3/2012

    " YA dystopian that I immediately fell into. I enjoyed reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie Bishop | 1/1/2012

    " READ this book if you love dystopias. This book has so many complexities and it is so well written that you won't be able to put it down. "

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About the Author
Author Marie Lu

Marie Lu is the author of Legend. After graduating from the University of Southern California, she jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one boyfriend, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

About the Narrator

Steven Kaplan is an actor and classical and jazz trained pianist. Among his many film, television, and theater credits are The Reluctant Professor, Smash, Law & Order, Lost in Yonkers, and Book Club. In addition to acting, he is also an occasional audiobook reader for Penguin and HarperCollins. Steven is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.