Author: Marie Lu
Series: Legend # 1
Published: October 29, 2011 by Putnam
Genre: YA Dystopia
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.
The story plot, concept and idea of Legend are not very original but I can’t ignore the fact that I love how it was created. Though June and Day are so similar with each other, their voices are very distinct.
The writing style is very direct to the point, no unnecessary details. It was an easy read and the way the story was written, the characters really did shine and not just because of the love aspect in the story but because in the world they live in.
One thing that really bugs me off in the story is that I felt that the characters are way too young. Maybe it is just me but it is somehow not the right age though. I know 15 years old is acceptable for that kind of story but a couple more years will make a big difference in terms of characters maturity and in how they think and act toward things.
Legend is definitely an enjoyable read and I will be counting the days off until I read the next book in the series.
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