Ideas for Learners Promoting Literacy, Inquiry, and Meaningful Learning Experiences
Legend by Marie Lu

Book Summary

This book alternates chapter viewpoints between June, a top-scoring elite member of her academy, and Day, a brilliant street criminal.  Day is trying to help his family eat and survive various illnesses common to their neighborhood, while June is torn between her natural rebellious instincts and wanting to please her older brother by excelling in school.  Before long, each comes to the realization that something is rotten with the government, but they both have things to lose if they risk too much.

The next two books in this series are Prodigy and Champion:
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Prodigy book cover
Champion book cover

Book Review

This book is full of action, particularly after the first four chapters.  It's grittier than Divergent, and the dystopian world is less complex, but it has a similar feel in terms of the level of violence, the pacing, and the character conflicts.  The writing style is focused more on energy than gorgeous sentences or symbolism, but if you're looking for a page-turning action tale, it delivers.

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I am respected, discussed, gossiped about.  Not really talked to.  Such is the life of a fifteen-year-old senior in a university meant for sixteen and up."  p. 15

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Family Relationships
  • Dystopian Societies
  • Class Issues
  • Trust, Loyalty, and Power
  • Societal Values
  • Competition, Ambition

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

**Questions coming soon**

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