Wow this is a toughie
which explains why it took me soo long to replyBUT challenge accepted!
Okay, read Marie Lu’s amazing Legend Trilogy if:
- You’re into dystopian novels. Now before you groan and say, “This is just another Hunger Games” or “Divergent” or, or, or….know that each of these novels are uniquely different in their own right but they can’t help having similar aspects because they’re in the Same. Freaking. Genre. But back to the main topic. What sets the world of the Legend Trilogy apart for me could be expressed in this tumblr post:
In Marie Lu’s Legend Trilogy, not only does she imagine a world so vivid in a dystopian United States, she also reveals how certain countries (or continents) are coping in this dystopian world. My own heart burst with all the beautiful imagery and general uniqueness that Marie Lu created in this trilogy by describing one ah particular continent. Though at the same time, you realize that what seemed like a utopia had a darker side as well. And that was what made me love this series. Which leads me to my next point.
- Morally complex issues in ya fiction rocks your boat. For instance, to hate or to not hate a government? Forgive a character or nah? Side with her or side with him? I can’t say a lot about this without actually revealing too much. What I can say though is that this trilogy encourages you to read between the lines and make your own judgement about certain things which to me is evidence of a great writer. Which marielubooks is. I honestly don’t know how she does it.
- You like romance. But not the slap-you-in-the-face romance between your typical ya characters. No. In this trilogy, you witness how two fully-fleshed, relatable, freaking badass characters learn to time and time again love each other despite the angst-ridden inner conflicts and godawful obstacles they had to go through. Some people might argue against this, but well, each to their own i guess. It won’t lessen my love at all for ship.
- Diverse characters in books is something you know that we need more of. And this trilogy certainly have that by the buckets. I’m talking about well-rounded characters here that unfortunately fall in the minority area when it comes to representation in ya fiction. The fact that both the protagonists, June and Day are mixed race though…. I just asjkjfsi with gratitude for Marie Lu.
Most of the things I said here are admittedly quite vague but that’s because i want whoever is reading this to be genuinely curious enough to check it out. I want more people to read this book series that I love so much but I also want them to fully appreciate it for what it is: a masterfully written, morally complex, diverse, ya dystopian book which makes a 17 year old girl feel way too many fucking feels for her own good.
"I waited too long to read the sequel, and now I can’t even remember the characters."
A novel by me
the world is incredible. there are girls in this world, and there are also dogs. you can put melted cheese on any type of potato. sometimes flowers grow even when nobody is there to water them. right now on this same planet where we live there are people who are in love with each other kissing each other on the nose. emotions and colours are both things that exist. everything is so great
I have resisted the urge to message you and I am proud of that. But I could not end this day without wishing you a happy birthday. Happy 17th, Raf. I have no idea where you are or what you are doing right now, but I wish you are happy. You deserve to be happy. You have to be happy.