Series: Legend #1
Published by: Putnam Juvenile on November 29, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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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's 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 received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I do love a good dystopian novel, and let me tell you, I LOVED this book. It truly stands out on its own as unique and original. Marie Lu does an excellent job at developing a world so real and mind-blowing, it makes you wonder if our world could have this same fate.
It did take me a few chapters to get into the book, so I thought it would be another good, but not great book. I was greatly mistaken though when the big, climactic scene happened and I found I couldn’t put the book down after that. I honestly finished it in one sitting at that point!
Day and June are the victims in a crazy, conspiracy theory-type government cover up that, at first, I thought was something small, but turns out to be epic. As you might already know, I’m a huge fan of strong, fierce female leads, and June is definitely one of them. Her fun, rebellious nature is what drew me to her and the similarities in Day are what make him so appealing (you could see why they are drawn to each other).
This book is definitely one you have to read. The plot is well-written and the characters are developed just perfectly for a scenario like this. I really enjoyed how the book was told from both Day and June’s perspective, as mostly all YA is told from either side (usually the girl) and Lu does an excellent job with connecting the two leads and the book flows pretty smoothly.
I’m dying for the next book! If you’re a fan of action, dystopian, a bit of mystery and romance, you’ll devour this book like I did. Marie Lu, you’ve got a dedicated fan in me!