Legend

By Marie Lu
Read by Mariel Stern and Steven Kaplan

The Legend Series: Book 1

7.80 Hours 11/29/2011 unabridged
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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. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction

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 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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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
“Fine writing and excellent execution. Sequel, please!” Entertainment Weekly
“Lu’s debut is a stunner…[It] raises hopes high for the sequels to come.” Publishers Weekly (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)
“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)

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Author

Author Bio: 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.80
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English