Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

17th Feb 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Young Elites by Marie LuThe Young Elites by Marie Lu
Narrator: Carla Corvo, Lannon Killea
Series: The Young Elites #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons BfYR
Pub Date: October 7th 2014
Pages: 355
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Library
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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4 Stars

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

I wanted to reread The Young Elites before diving into The Rose Society, so I checked out the audiobook from my library. It was really great to revisit this story knowing everything that happens because you see everything in such a different light.

Adelina is not a hero in this book. Of course, we don’t know that right off the bat because you think this will go the normal route: girl starts out iffy; girl makes friends; girl starts to see the good in her; girl saves the day and is the hero. This is so not that story. This is also the reason I freaking love Marie Lu. I LOVE YOU, MARIE LU!

If you’ve read Marie’s Legend series you know she doesn’t shy away from digging into the dark places. She doesn’t take it easy on the reader. We go through an emotional journey when reading her books. She definitely took it there with The Young Elites. Not only is the main character not the good guy, but I really don’t know who really is. These are such complex characters! They have some good, but they totally have bad in them too. I really appreciated them and their complexities.

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This is why you can’t really hate Adelina. The girl, like most villains, had been bred to see the worst in herself since she was a child. Her self esteem is so shot, she doesn’t trust anyone or anything. She really tried though and this is why instead of dislike I only felt heartbroken for her.

I feel I’m ready to see what The Rose Society will bring. I’m not hoping for a happy ending, but I’m kind of hoping a certain character returns, even if it’s from the deepest underworld. ;)

Audiobook Notes

This audiobook was really fantastic. You have two narrators who really brought these characters to life for me. It was easy to follow along, though since it was a reread I can’t really attest how it would have been if it hadn’t been. I think it probably is just as easy for first time listeners too. Two thumbs up!

 

 

About Marie Lu

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. I like food, fighter jets, afternoon tea, happy people, electronics, the interwebz, cupcakes, pianos, bright colors, rain, Christmas lights, sketches, animation, dogs, farmers’ markets, video games, and of course, books. I suck at working out. I also get lost very easily, but am a halfway decent driver. At least, I like to think so. :)

I left Beijing for the States in 1989 and went off to college at the University of Southern California. California weather sweet-talked me into sticking around, so I’m currently in Pasadena with my boyfriend, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and a chihuahua mix. In my past life, I was an art director in the video game industry, but now I write full-time.

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Ten Things That Scare Marie Lu | Slasher Girls & Monster Boys Blog Tour

14th Aug 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Blog Tours, Guest Posts

Ten Things That Scare Marie Lu | Slasher Girls & Monster Boys Blog Tour

I’m SO excited to have Marie Lu guest post on the blog today! I’m a huge fan of hers and this list was totally entertaining. And SPOT ON.

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Ten Things That Scare Marie Lu | Slasher Girls & Monster Boys Blog TourSlasher Girls & Monster Boys by Marie Lu
Published by Dial
Pub Date: August 18th 2015
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover | Source: Blog Tour
Genres: Young Adult
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For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lois Duncan, and Daphne Du Maurier comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best writers of YA thrillers and horror

A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s April Genevieve Tucholke.

Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.

Fans of TV’s The Walking Dead, True Blood, and American Horror Story will tear through tales by these talented authors:

Stefan Bachmann
Leigh Bardugo
Kendare Blake
A. G. Howard
Jay Kristoff
Marie Lu
Jonathan Maberry
Danielle Paige
Carrie Ryan
Megan Shepherd
Nova Ren Suma
McCormick Templeman
April Genevieve Tucholke
Cat Winters

This year, I was lucky enough to be invited to write a short horror story for the anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. Well, I did–and I’m psyched to be among such a fantastic crew of authors for this collection that comes out Aug. 18! We’re doing a blog tour in its honor, and now it’s my turn. So……let’s talk scary things.

I’m kind of a scaredycat. Show me the screenshot of something spooky, and I’ll be tiptoeing around my house for the rest of the night. But some part of me loves that little thrill, the feeling of the hairs going up on the back of my neck, the chill at a particularly eerie sentence. Without further ado, here are 10 Things That Scare Me:

10. Nursery Rhymes

Ring Around the Rosy = bubonic plague.
Jack and Jill = the beheading of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette.
Peter Peter Pumpkin-Eater = a man who kills his wife for cheating.

Remind me again why we sing these to kids? I remember being creeped out by them at a very early age….probably thanks to horror movies that always use them in their openings.

9. Bilbo Baggins

Don’t lie. When you were watching the first Lord of the Rings movie, you did NOT see this moment coming.

8. Spiders

I’m not going to shriek my head off and jump on a chair if I see a spider. But if I find myself in the town of Goulburn, Australia, when millions of tiny spiders are literally raining from the sky , well….I might scream a little.

7. House of Leaves (by Mark Z. Danielewski)

With a dedication like that, how could I be creeped out? This book is about a couple who move into a house that is larger on the inside than it is on the outside. It is written like a composite of found documents and typographic strangeness. It is….

6. The Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth

Which makes me go

(Also, Pan’s Labyrinth a beautiful, heartbreaking, eerie, amazing movie. Guillermo del Toro never steers me wrong.)

5. Two-sentence horror stories

Two sentences are all that’s needed. Beautiful freaky simplicity. I mean, just check this one out:

There was a picture in my phone of me sleeping. I live alone.

Or this:

I never go to sleep. But I keep waking up.

4. Antigonish by Hughes Mearns

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there.
He wasn’t there again today,
I wish, I wish he’d go away

This part of the poem gets to me every time. In fact, I am typing this in the late afternoon, and already I’m staring warily at the stairs near the door.

3. Stephen Gammell

Even if you don’t recognize the name of this artist, you know his art. Remember his work in Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark? I used to have to cover his images in the books with a thick sheet of paper, because otherwise I couldn’t bear to read the story accompanying it at all. (Out of politeness, I’m not posting the one image we ALL remember, and that we ALL covered up. But I’ll link it.)

Yeah–I think the reason the books now have new art is because Stephen’s masterpieces gave too many kids traumatic nightmares.

2. P.T.

Okay. P.T. was released on the Playstation 4 in summer 2014. It was supposed to be an interactive, free playable teaser (hence the name) for another game, which I won’t give away so as not to spoil you. When the full game itself was cancelled, P.T. was pulled from the Playstation store….but not before enough people discovered that it is SCARY AS HELL. It has since developed a cult aura around it. Because, again, it is SCARY AS HELL.

You can still watch some walkthroughs of it on YouTube. In short, you start out by walking around in a house’s corridor at night. Strange sounds and sights happen as you explore. When you turn enough corners, you will…..find yourself right back in the corridor where you started. Over and over again. Things go downhill from there.

Yeah.

Aaaaand #1……

1. The open ocean….at night

This is my most horrible nightmare–floating in the open ocean, alone, at night, so that when you look down, you can see nothing but black, murky depths extending forever. OH MY GOD.

I rank this equal to being burned alive as one of the worst ways to die. (There is a reason why, in The Young Elites, I created the Underworld as a deep, neverending ocean.)

And now that I’ve thoroughly creeped myself out, I’m going to go find some ice cream and hide in my bed with a bat.

About Marie Lu

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. I like food, fighter jets, afternoon tea, happy people, electronics, the interwebz, cupcakes, pianos, bright colors, rain, Christmas lights, sketches, animation, dogs, farmers' markets, video games, and of course, books. I suck at working out. I also get lost very easily, but am a halfway decent driver. At least, I like to think so. :)

I left Beijing for the States in 1989 and went off to college at the University of Southern California. California weather sweet-talked me into sticking around, so I'm currently in Pasadena with my boyfriend, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and a chihuahua mix. In my past life, I was an art director in the video game industry, but now I write full-time.

About Marie Lu

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. I like food, fighter jets, afternoon tea, happy people, electronics, the interwebz, cupcakes, pianos, bright colors, rain, Christmas lights, sketches, animation, dogs, farmers’ markets, video games, and of course, books. I suck at working out. I also get lost very easily, but am a halfway decent driver. At least, I like to think so. :)

I left Beijing for the States in 1989 and went off to college at the University of Southern California. California weather sweet-talked me into sticking around, so I’m currently in Pasadena with my boyfriend, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and a chihuahua mix. In my past life, I was an art director in the video game industry, but now I write full-time.

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Trailer Reveal: Champion by Marie Lu + Giveaway!

30th Oct 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Press Releases

Trailer Reveal: Champion by Marie Lu + Giveaway!Champion by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #3
Published by Putnam Juvenile
Pub Date: November 5th 2013
Pages: 384
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
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The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!

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

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

 

So I’m SUPER stoked to be sharing this trailer with you guys today!! This is definitely one of my most anticipated books of the year!

What do you think?!

I think it’s AMAZING! And it’s made me want this even more!

Also! Don’t forget to follow Penguin Teen on Twitter and Facebook for updates and more giveaways!

Now, enter below for a chance to win a CHAMPION poster and set of 3 tattoos!! Open to US only (sorry!!).

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About Marie Lu

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. I like food, fighter jets, afternoon tea, happy people, electronics, the interwebz, cupcakes, pianos, bright colors, rain, Christmas lights, sketches, animation, dogs, farmers’ markets, video games, and of course, books. I suck at working out. I also get lost very easily, but am a halfway decent driver. At least, I like to think so. :)

I left Beijing for the States in 1989 and went off to college at the University of Southern California. California weather sweet-talked me into sticking around, so I’m currently in Pasadena with my boyfriend, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and a chihuahua mix. In my past life, I was an art director in the video game industry, but now I write full-time.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Champion

23rd Oct 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Champion

Waiting on Wednesday: ChampionChampion by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #3
Published by Putnam Juvenile
Pub Date: November 5th 2013
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover | Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy.

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

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

 

Eeeeeeeep!

I am so ANXIOUS for this book, you guys! I have a feeling it might kill me. Sad to see it come to an end too! :(

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About Marie Lu

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. I like food, fighter jets, afternoon tea, happy people, electronics, the interwebz, cupcakes, pianos, bright colors, rain, Christmas lights, sketches, animation, dogs, farmers’ markets, video games, and of course, books. I suck at working out. I also get lost very easily, but am a halfway decent driver. At least, I like to think so. :)

I left Beijing for the States in 1989 and went off to college at the University of Southern California. California weather sweet-talked me into sticking around, so I’m currently in Pasadena with my boyfriend, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and a chihuahua mix. In my past life, I was an art director in the video game industry, but now I write full-time.

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Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

28th Jan 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Prodigy by Marie LuProdigy by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #2
Published by Putnam Juvenile
Pub Date: January 29th 2013
Pages: 371
Format: ARC | Source: Borrowed
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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5 Stars

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

I really wasn’t sure what direction Marie Lu would take in Prodigy, but it’s safe to say I wasn’t expecting to be punched in the gut at the end.

I really didn’t want to start by talking about the ending of this book, but it will not leave me! I had a feeling there had to be something HUGE coming when I was nearing the end, otherwise we probably could’ve wrapped up the series here. Not that everything is resolved, but there is some semblance of progress. I have a very bad feeling that there is no salvation for this particular turn of events. In fact, I’m resigning myself to the realization that my worst fear for this will come to pass. Am I going to hold out for a miracle? Well, of course! I WANT IT BADLY! But I can’t give my heart over to it, because it might kill me. WHY!?!? And that last page!!! I must confess, I cried in the end. That last page was so heart-wrenchingly beautiful.

Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system… *shakes it off*

Prodigy moved at a pretty steady pace. Not once did I feel a lull in this book. It’s intense, edge-of-your-seat action and nail-biting suspense. It felt like everything was in their hands from the moment I cracked the book open.

I thought June had impressed me in Legend…but that was nothing compared to how much I love that girl after reading Prodigy. While she was still her kick-ass self, in this book she was also so vulnerable. She still can’t express her feelings to Day, but you can see her trying. And maybe that’s why she’s so much better at sniffing out the BS than he is though. She lives by logic and intelligence, where Day is all passion and impulsivity. The question of whether they match very well comes up a few times. Are they perfect for one another? Probably not. But we can’t do much about it once our heart is set on someone.

That was actually one of my biggest frustrations with this story. Day. I love you, Day, but I wanted to slap some sense into you a few times during this book. His uncertainty was killing me!! There were moments with June where he really let me down. And don’t EVEN get me started about Tess. WTF?! Maybe I saw it coming from her…but, again, the uncertainty from Day?! DUDE! No. I was not cool about it. And this is actually funny to me because the synopsis makes it seem as if June might make a misstep. It doesn’t always have to be the girl who messes up, you know. Most of the time, it isn’t. Just sayin’! :P

I was really surprised by some of secondary characters in this book. I’ve already talked a little about how I wasn’t a huge fan of Tess in this book, but there’s one I LOATHED from Legend whose confession surprised me. I won’t give that one away. Then there’s Anden. I really liked him. I liked his personality and his ideals. I like that he’s a ruler who is strong but fair. He just needs a little help with the leading… Surprised by this? Yeah, I KNOW! So was I!

I don’t know how to wrap this up properly, but just know that this series is by far one of the best dystopians out there. And this sequel only elevated the series. No sophomore slump for Marie Lu. Nope!! You guys must read it. Meanwhile, I’ll just wait here with bated breathe until the release of the third book.

What Some Friends Had to Say About It…

Asheley @ Into the Hall of Books – “Prodigy by Marie Lu is solid. It’s a solid second-part in the series that pretty much everyone seems to love, and I completely stand behind the reasons for this.”

Elena @ Novel Sounds – “Dear Day and June, Have you heard communication is the key to success in any relationship?”

Giselle @ Xpresso Reads – “Prodigy lives up to its predecessor, maybe even surpassing it with the incredible progress in the world development–which was something I was a tad disappointed by in Legend.”

 

 

About Marie Lu

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. I like food, fighter jets, afternoon tea, happy people, electronics, the interwebz, cupcakes, pianos, bright colors, rain, Christmas lights, sketches, animation, dogs, farmers’ markets, video games, and of course, books. I suck at working out. I also get lost very easily, but am a halfway decent driver. At least, I like to think so. :)

I left Beijing for the States in 1989 and went off to college at the University of Southern California. California weather sweet-talked me into sticking around, so I’m currently in Pasadena with my boyfriend, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and a chihuahua mix. In my past life, I was an art director in the video game industry, but now I write full-time.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Prodigy

9th May 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Prodigy

Waiting on Wednesday: ProdigyProdigy by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #2
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons BfYR
Pub Date: January 29th 2013
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Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic's most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots - a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

 

HECK YES!! I cannot wait to read this sequel! And check out that kick-ass cover!!

About Marie Lu

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. I like food, fighter jets, afternoon tea, happy people, electronics, the interwebz, cupcakes, pianos, bright colors, rain, Christmas lights, sketches, animation, dogs, farmers’ markets, video games, and of course, books. I suck at working out. I also get lost very easily, but am a halfway decent driver. At least, I like to think so. :)

I left Beijing for the States in 1989 and went off to college at the University of Southern California. California weather sweet-talked me into sticking around, so I’m currently in Pasadena with my boyfriend, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and a chihuahua mix. In my past life, I was an art director in the video game industry, but now I write full-time.

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Review: Legend by Marie Lu

27th Feb 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Legend by Marie LuLegend by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Published by Putnam Juvenile
Pub Date: November 29th 2011
Pages: 320
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

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' 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.

I was totally rooting for Day in this book. He is a modern day Robin Hood. He steals from the Republic and gives to those who need it, therefore making him the Republic’s most wanted criminal; mostly because of how stupid he makes them look each time he gets away with something. But like all heroes, he has his weaknesses, and unluckily for him, June is smart enough to have figured them out.

June is the smartest person in the Republic…at least on record. And the only person she has left in the world is Metias. So, ok, she might not have lived in the slums, but her life is by no means perfect. Especially now that Metias has been killed, which I was still extremely sadden by, even though it tells us in the synopsis that he dies. At first I didn’t understand her subdued reaction to his death, but I realized that she needed to grieve in private, not in front of one of the Republic’s most hardcore commanders. Also, part of her grieving included revenge. With all evidence of Metias’s death pointing to Day, June sets out to finally bring him down, once and for all.

And so begins this tale of lies, and betrayal, and secrets, and sacrifice. Because of course nothing is as it seems, especially not in June’s world. Marie Lu gives us characters to feel deep emotions for, whether those emotions vary from rage, to sympathy, to love, you’ll feel them! One of the things I love most in some books is alternating chapters between the main characters and in Legend we get to see this story from the point of view of June and Day. YAY! The action is intense. Can’t say Marie Lu is afraid of writing some very brutal and bloody scenes! And I guess the biggest question I was left with after finishing is, what is the purpose of the Republic’s evil scheme? It has to somehow play a bigger role because I don’t see the point otherwise. I’m sure we’ll get to the bottom of it soon though. I can’t wait to read the next part of this mysterious story.

 

About Marie Lu

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. I like food, fighter jets, afternoon tea, happy people, electronics, the interwebz, cupcakes, pianos, bright colors, rain, Christmas lights, sketches, animation, dogs, farmers’ markets, video games, and of course, books. I suck at working out. I also get lost very easily, but am a halfway decent driver. At least, I like to think so. :)

I left Beijing for the States in 1989 and went off to college at the University of Southern California. California weather sweet-talked me into sticking around, so I’m currently in Pasadena with my boyfriend, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and a chihuahua mix. In my past life, I was an art director in the video game industry, but now I write full-time.

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