Legend (Lu novel)

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Legend
Legend Marie Lu Book cover.jpg
AuthorMarie Lu
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesLegend, the Series
GenreDystopian young adult
PublisherG. P. Putnam's Sons
Publication date
2011
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages336
ISBN039925675X
Followed byProdigy
 
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Legend
Legend Marie Lu Book cover.jpg
AuthorMarie Lu
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesLegend, the Series
GenreDystopian young adult
PublisherG. P. Putnam's Sons
Publication date
2011
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages336
ISBN039925675X
Followed byProdigy

Legend is a 2011 dystopian young adult novel by Marie Lu. It is the first book of a trilogy, followed by Prodigy and Champion.[1]

Plot[edit]

June Iparis, a fifteen-year-old prodigy, is chosen to find and capture Day, an infamous criminal who has been charged with the murder of Metias Iparis, June's older brother, amongst other crimes against the country. Though born into an elite family in one of the wealthiest districts in the Republic, June poses as a girl from the slums in order to search for Day. After getting injured in a street fight, June is coincidentally taken into the care of Day and his young partner in crime, Tess. Day and June realize that they're falling for each other but both keep their true identities secret. June gradually realizes who her companion is through several clues. She follows Day to his home and notices a marking on the door of his house which indicates that someone inside is infected with the Plague. Remembering her hatred of Metias' murderer, June then turns Day over to the authorities The next morning, military medical trucks and soldiers surround Day's home. As Day rushes to save his family, June follows him, but the military captures Day's family, forcing Day out of hiding. He tries to resist capture, but Captain Thomas, Metias' friend, shoots Day's mother under order, killing her. Day reacts by trying to kill the soldiers in vain. Commander Jameson, June's commanding officer, shoots Day in the leg. Day wakes as captive of the Republic. After June returns from her mission, Thomas starts pursuing her romantically. Day is questioned by June, Commander Jameson, and eventually Thomas, who set Day's time of execution. The more Day speaks with June, the closer they grow and the more they come to understand each other. She finally researches Day's real identity - Daniel Altan Wing - and discovers he scored a perfect score on his trial, just as she did. The authorities have told Day that he had failed his trial, which is what Day has come to believe. While June was moved into a prestigious program because of her high Trial score, Day was experimented on and abandoned supposedly dead like the other trial failures .Day insists that he did not kill Metias. June takes a closer look at the pictures of the scene of her brother's murder and comes to the conclusion that Day is indeed right, and along the way, she discovers a series of coded messages from her brother, who had stumbled upon a conspiracy and knew his life might be in danger. Metias had learned that their parents (who supposedly died in an automobile accident) were murdered after investigating the truth about the Plague, that it is genetically engineered by the Republic. June seeks out Kaede, who is one of the Patriots, a group of anti-Republic rebels. She finds Tess has taken refuge with them. June negotiates with the Patriots for their help, freeing Day on the morning of his execution. The plan does not perfectly execute, and Day's brother John sacrifices himself so June and Day can escape.[2]

Characters[edit]

Background[edit]

Lu has said that she was inspired by the movie Les Miserables, and sought to recreate the conflict between Valjean and Javert in a teenage version.[3]

Reception[edit]

Susan Carpenter, writing in the Los Angeles Times calls Legend "a taut and exciting romp for all readers with enough inventive details to keep things from becoming cliché",[4] while The New York Times' Ridley Pearson called it "[a] fine example of commercial fiction with razor-sharp plotting, depth of character and emotional arc."[5]

Film adaptation[edit]

Legend's film rights have been sold to CBS Films, with Twilight producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen to produce. Jonathan Levine, director of 50/50 is currently set to direct with newcomers Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari to write the script.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Legend the Series". Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Legend. Legend The Series. G. P. Putnam's Sons. 
  3. ^ Wilkinson, Amy (29 November 2011). "Marie Lu Imagines A Teenage, Dystopian 'Les Miserables' In 'Legend'". Hollywood Crush. MTV. 
  4. ^ Carpenter, Susan (27 November 2011). "Not Just for Kids: A taut, dystopian 'Legend'". The Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ Pearson, Ridley (2 December 2011). "Post-Apocalyptic Teenagers in Love". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Kit, Borys (26 May 2011). "CBS Films Taps Writers to Adapt 'Legend' Novel". Hollywood Reporter.