6 January 2014

Legend Trilogy: Review

Legend Trilogy Boxed Set (Amazon)
Legend, Prodigy and Champion by Marie Lu.

He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?

I am a bit of a fan of dystopian fiction; it was Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale that began it all, I think. Anyway, having just steamed my way through Veronica Roth's excellent Divergent trilogy, as well having just watched Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins second in The Hunger Games triology - I wanted more!

A search led me to Lu's Legend trilogy and, it being Christmas and all, I treated myself to a boxed set. The hardcover books are lovely with tactile dustcovers (these things matter in the whole reading experience). Chapters are told in third person but alternatively focus on either June or Day's perspective. Day's chapters are printed in coloured ink to match the colours of each novel - gold, blue and red respectively.

The story occurs in a post-apocolyptic world destroyed and disjointed by immense flooding. The trilogy is set in a United States that has been divided into the Republic and the Colonies. Add Patriots into the mix and you can see a war coming on.

The typical rich/poor divide separates our 'star-crossed' lovers who come from opposing sides - she is the Republic's prodigy; a star soldier who was the only person every to gain 100% in the 'trials', tests taken to determine one's place in society. She inhabits the glittering world that Day can only hope to cause trouble for. He 'failed' his 'trial' and is forced to live on the streets, causing chaos as the legend, the Scarlet Pimpernel of his time. Of course, they are both incredible in their own rights. Of course, fate brings them together. Of course, it is impossible for them to be together...

I read all three in a week and did enjoy them. Out of the three dystopian trilogies mentioned at the start of this post, it would however, be my least favourite, simply because it was a little less believable and a little more implausible, the characters a little less well-defined and therefore less likeable, the relationship a little less intense and therefore less meaningful. Still, it is another great dystopian trilogy to add to my classroom library.