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.
My Review: ★★★★★ (5/5)
I’ve had Legend by Marie Lu sitting on my shelf for a good amount of time and every time I thought about starting a new book, Legend was on my mind but I kept putting it off. Probably because of the hype I already knew it had and I didn’t want to be disappointed. I am quite happy I started this series because I have already gotten really into it.
There are two prospectives, Day and June. Day is a young boy that has been living off the streets after leaving his family. He helps bring in money and eventually tries to get some medicine to cure his younger brother of the plague. Day has committed many crimes to just be able to live in the poor society and bring in some money for his family. He travels with an orphaned girl named Tess and she helps him as much as she can. he
June lives in a high class society and is the prodigy of the world. She is the only one to have a perfect score on her trial. This has made her skip grades and is in her junior year of college at the age of 15. She is known all around as the girl with the perfect score. She has a brother that is a hacker and a solider in the Republic. One day, he is killed and the prime suspect is Day. June does everything she can to find Day and bring him in to the Republic.
I quite enjoyed this book. The world and the plot was thought through pretty intensely and the characters intertwined so easily. The history of the book is interesting to learn about as the characters learn as well. You get hints on the way to them learning about the past of the Republic. The writing is also done well because both of the main characters have their own personalities in her writing. I don’t feel like I am reading the same person but their noun has just changed.
Something I really enjoyed about in the book was the differences in the text between the two main characters. Day’s perspective was gold and in a different text where June’s was black and in a different text. Throughout all three books, the color of the book is intertwined with the writing. Who ever’s decision this was made reading the book really different and you could tell who is who. Sometimes when I am really into a book I barely even pay attention to the titles of each chapter and this can be a problem when there are different perspectives. That could just be only my opinion but it did help when I needed to tell the difference between each person.
The entire story pulls you into this world that Marie Lu has created and you want to know more about it. It is interesting and inciting where you don’t want to put the book down. I think it was a good beginning to the series and I am going to get into the sequel almost immediately after finishing the first book. I would recommend this book to anyone that has enjoyed dystopian reads and wants another series to enjoy. It will pull you in and you can finish them all quickly since it is a finished trilogy!
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