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READING THE TBR, DAY 261: Legend (2011) by Marie Lu

There was a time in the early part of the this decade — which is soon to end; I can’t believe it either — when it seemed like every second YA novel released was mired in some kind of dystopian hell world. This… is another one of those. And it’s not a bad one.

Oh, the dystopia is bad, obviously. There’s a dictatorial government and military that have no qualms about torture, biological warfare, child abuse and outright murder.

But the book itself — it is zippy and even occasionally surprising, and I rushed through it with a minimum of the eye rolling that is often, even usually, engendered in me by works in this particular subgenre. 

Our two protagonists, criminal Day and prodigy June, fall hard and quick, but there are hurts and betrayals and secrets, you know the drill. The alternating narrative is somewhat interesting, and seeing the brainwashed, highly conditioned June slowly come to understand that her privileged life is built on massive injustice and cruelty, is mildly satisfying, but I can’t say I was so moved by the story, or so intrigued by its would be cliffhanger-y ending, to even search out the remaining books in the trilogy, not to mention the related novels.

As I said, this book wasn’t bad. But it wasn’t great, either.

SCORECARD

TBR DAY 278: Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu
GENRE: YA Dystopia
PUBLISHED: 2011
TIME ON THE TBR: 5 years. 
PURCHASED FROM: Op shop.
KEEP: Sure.

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