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Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

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I haven’t done a lot of book reviews lately, but I felt like this one deserved it. I read, on average, a book or two a week. If I’m not writing myself, I read even more. Two days ago, I finished Legend by Marie Lu and yesterday I finished it’s sequel, Prodigy. 

The general gist of the story: Dystopian Los Angeles is ran by a mostly militarized government called the Republic. June is the Republic’s golden girl/prodigy since she took the Trial (an exam that tests emotional, intelligence, and physical strengths when aged 16). She’s the only one with a perfect score. When her older brother is murdered by the Republic’s most notorious criminal, she goes on a manhunt to find him. What she finds is that her government isn’t as good as she thought.

 

That’s really vague. I know it’s vague. I hate giving away too much. Sometimes it’s better to just dive in and let your hair be blown back. Maybe that’s a little much for this book, but it is good. Really good. Here’s the amazon link if you’d like a little more information or you want to buy it. 

Matched–book review

 After seeing this book listed as the next “it” book on Twitter for too many days in a row, I decided to go ahead and give it a shot. I generally like this genre–YA dystopian–and I haven’t read any with the same premise.

Synopsis:

Cassia is a girl who believes that the Society has her best interests in heart. They tell her what stories to read, what paintings to enjoy, what songs to listen to–all of “culture” has been broken into lists of 100. Everything else is gone and destroyed. Even her options at love are sorted to perfection. At 17, she attends a Matching ceremony where she will learn of her ideal Match. The boy’s face flashes on the screen and it’s her best friend. All is perfect in the world, until a second boy’s face also flashes on the screen. This glitch in the society’s perfect system puts doubt in Cassia, especially when she starts to fall in love with the more unlikely of the two boys.

Recommendation:

Yep, I’d recommend this to anyone with a hankering for YA, romance, and dystopian interests.