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Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu, adapted by Leigh Dragoon, illustrated by Kaari | Mini-Review

22571758Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu, adapted by Leigh Dragoon, illustrated by Kaari. Legend: The Graphic Novel, #1.

My copy: G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR (Penguin Group USA), April 2015. Paperback, 160 pages.

Source: Library.



Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a military prodigy. Born into the slums of the Republic’s Lake Sector, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives are not as sinister as they often seem. One day June’s brother is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Now, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June tries desperately to avenge her brother’s death. And the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together and the lengths their country will go to in order to keep its secrets.

Legend is my favorite dystopian series ever, so I was very excited to return to the story in graphic novel format. I really liked the artwork by Kaari and it was cool seeing the story visually. It stayed true to the book from what I recall. It also moved along so quickly! Very enjoyable. Now… are they ever going to make Legend into an actual movie?!

I didn’t appreciate the white-washing, however. Isn’t Day supposed to be Asian? I remember Marie Lu once wrote a blog post about Day’s unusual blond hair and blue eyes and Asian features. Which means he, as well as his brothers, would have to be at least part Asian, hmm? So why did the entire Wing family look as white as white can be? Sigh.

The only other negative thing is that the romance really didn’t seem fitting, strangely enough. The relationship between June and Day in the novels is incredible, but it felt so rushed in this graphic novel. It was marvelous seeing them steal some kisses, but this adaptation was just so fast-paced that any attempt at the romance felt a bit silly.

Overall, I really enjoyed Legend: The Graphic Novel. It’s definitely a great, breakneck-paced revenge/mystery story despite two major flaws. I highly recommend it to fans of the novels. As for those who have not yet read the books… do so before reading this graphic novel! You’ll get so much more of the story out of the novels, and then you can crush your soul even more by picking up this graphic adaptation. ♦

Have you read Legend: The Graphic Novel?
If you haven’t, would you be interested to?
What’s a favorite book adaptation (interpret how you like) of yours?
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2 thoughts on “Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu, adapted by Leigh Dragoon, illustrated by Kaari | Mini-Review

  1. I really need to read this! The Legend series is one of my all time favourites, so to have it in a new format is so exciting.

    It is a shame about the white-washing, though :/ Day was inspired by a picture Marie Lu saw of a Mongolian girl, so to see him whitewashed it super disappointing. I actually just looked at the Wiki for June and her dominant ethnicity is Native American. I didn’t know that, and if it’s accurate then it means June was whitewashed as well >.>

    I’m sad that the romance doesn’t seem to fit! The romance is so perfect in the books, so that is such a shame. I am still super keen to read this, though. I will just be aware of the flaws.

    Great review, lovely!


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