If you have read this series I bet you can agree with the above image. This series was something else, I read all three books (a total of 1,045 pages) in less than a week! And I seriously CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT IT!! How have I not read this series before now?!? Because I read the three books in such a short amount of time, I can’t separate them in my mind, so bear with me because this review is going to cover all three books.
Author: Marie Lu
Published by Putnam Juvenile in 2011, 2012, and 2013
Genre(s): YA, fiction, fantasy, dystopian
Rating: 4.75 stars
Plot: In a futuristic world after many years of civil war, the United States is split up into two different countries. The western half is controlled by the Republic which is continually at war with the neighboring countries. As a result of the perpetual wars, the Republic is a military country, controlled by an oppressive dictator.
In Legend, June, an officer prodigy of the Republic, crosses paths with Day, a street-living thief in the most unusual of circumstances. Day is doing his best to protect his family while June tries to avenge the death of her older brother. In order to catch Day, June disguises herself as a girl living on the streets to get close to him. Together, the two discover that their world isn’t the way they’ve always thought it was. They find out just how far their government will go to hide its sinister secrets.
Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time. […] You try to walk in the light.
Prodigy picks up just a matter of days after Legend leaves off. June and Day are on the run from the government after a series of events leaves them both fugitives. With nowhere else to run, the two take refuge with a group of rebels – the Patriots – trying to bring the government down. But they discover that the government isn’t the only one with secrets and hidden agendas.
You were born to shake the Republic, June, there is no one better. […] You’ve always been everything that the people need. You have the chance to change things.
The third and final book, Legend, is filled with twists and turns. After Prodigy, June and Day find themselves back in the good graces of the government working to solve its problems from the inside. On the brink of peace for the first time in generations with the Colonies in the east, a plague breaks out that was believed to have started with the Republic. This sets into motion events that were previously inconceivable. June and Day will be asked to give up the one thing that keeps them together.
Until the day we meet again I will hold you in my heart and protect you there, grieving what we never had, cherishing what we did. I wish you were here. I love you, always.
This series is officially one of my all-time favorites, I cannot believe that I haven’t read it before now. It was AMAZING. I thought I loved Warcross, but these books were even better. Marie Lu’s writing is beautiful and transports readers into different worlds. Not to mention the character development, suspense, and the intricacies of the relationships.
What I Liked:
- The writing. From the very first chapter, Marie Lu’s writing draws you into the story and has you turning the pages until the very end.
- The characters. June. Day. Finally, a heroine that can take care of herself (:)), but also has a partner to share challenges with. Not only did I like the characters as individuals, but I loved how they were built up. Three books will do that for almost any character, but their past was revealed slowly, developing them into well-rounded people.
- The story. The United States divided in two. A corrupt military state. Rebelling from the inside. Little romance. All the makings of an amazing book.
- The feelings. I think this ties back into the writing, but all the happiness, sadness, suspense, and excitement this book has to offer were so real. I cried and laughed out loud to this boo
- Brilliant twists and turns. These books were full of surprising turns around every corner. There were so many instances when I thought I was right, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I don’t think I caught a single twist before it happened. So great.
- The little hint at Warcross. I can’t give anything away (for Warcross or Legend readers), but I loved the little tie-in.
- The ending. My heart! Not very many books have those things that you get to finish in your head. It was just amazing. I can’t tell you, but it was masterful!
What I Didn’t Like:
- The feelings. (I know it’s ironic when I use the same point in both, but I have a good reason.) I ugly cried so very much. As much as I loved this series, it just made me so sad at times.
- The differing pace. This could totally be just me, but I thought the second book, Prodigy, moved a lot slower than the first and last books. The slower pace slowed down my reading and there were a couple of instances that I wondered about continuing the series if the last book was going to be like the second book. (P.S. I am so glad I kept going)
I give this series 4.75 stars because this series is beautifully written and full of unique twists and turns that will keep you engaged until the very end. I loved Champion and Legend with a passion (5 stars each) but found Prodigy to drag on a little more than I would’ve wanted (4.5 stars). I would recommend these books to lovers of dystopian fiction and YA fantasy. I especially think those who loved Divergent (the books, not the movies obviously), the Hunger Games, and Marie Lu’s other works. I think series is a great escape from a busy world and a perfect, quick read for those gross rainy days.
Let’s talk! Have you read this series? What were your thoughts? If you haven’t read it before, will you now? What are your thoughts on Marie Lu’s writing style?