I haven’t given a five star review in what feels like forever, but I can say with absolute certainty that Legend is a five star book. The action never stops, and it’s the perfect mix of everything good about dystopian fiction. It was thrilling and fast-paced, I loved the characters, and the Oh No! and WHAT? moments. Legend had me on the edge of my seat. I was literally unable to put it down. I may even go as far as today Legend is the best book I have read so far this year.
Legend is split into two perspectives: Day and June. Each character had an individual voice which was easily distinguishable. I never found myself in the middle of the chapter wondering who was telling the story. The protagonists were just the right balance of likeable and questionable, which made for an incredibly tense read – WHO SHOULD I TRUST?
Day is an enigma to society, but we know that he’s caring, loves his family, and his morals are in the right place despite the fact there’s a war and he could be a lot more power hungry than he is. Day is strong and agile, but he’s also incredibly sweet. He’s pretty much the perfect guy. He’d describe June by saying things like “she was just so lovely” which melts my heart.
June was equally strong. She’s loyal,respectful, and smart, but she’s also ready to fight for her country and do whatever she needs to do. Once again her morals were excellent. She may be loyal, but she still questioned what was being asked of her and whether or not that was acceptable. It’s so important to have strong female characters, especially ones that don’t need rescuing by their male counterpart. June was the perfect example of this, in some ways she was an even more experienced fighter than Day! Day and June may come from completely different backgrounds, however their chemistry was undeniable.
The romance was understated, and didn’t take up a large portion of the plot. PERFECT. That’s suitable for the genre. The characters recognised that there was a war going on and that there were more important things at stake. The sparseness of the romance made the moments where the couple were together special. Finally, we have a couple who communicate with each other! Day told June exactly what he thought of the government’s plans and they shared their ideas in a civilised way, there were no irrational arguments.
And there was no love triangle! Thank goodness! I have feeling that there’s probably going to be more tension in the later novels in regards to the romance, but for the first book in a series I thought it was paced well. There were elements of insta-love, but I could forgive that considering they were both so focused on what they had to do to survive and save their families.
Pacing and World Building:
Legend is action packed. The world building is gradual and consistent throughout the novel. We may be thrown into the world in the beginning, but it’s explained in an exciting and intriguing way that means you can’t stop reading! The concept of the dystopian world was well executed and believable. It’s different to the other, more radical, dystopian settings that I’ve read recently so it was really refreshing to see something based off the military and a system that’s already in place today.
The revelations were smooth and definitely didn’t read as if they’d just been pulled out of thin air to add some drama or tension. Another thing that amazes me about Legend was that I didn’t prefer one perspective over the other, because they equally contributed to the plot. There were times when June would have a slower section whilst Day as in the middle of an action scene, but the cut points were at the optimum times and the juxtaposition really helped me wrap my head around what was going on.
I’m so glad that Legend was my first 5 star review of the year, because it totally deserves it, and I CANNOT wait to read the sequels. I promise that I will be reading them straight away because I need to know what happens next!