Legend by Marie Lu
In this action-packed dystopian told in alternating narratives, we meet June and Day. One born into the rich elite, the other from the slums. When Day is accused of murdering June’s brother, the hide and seek game begins as one tries to save his family, and the other is set on revenge.
Publisher’s Description: 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.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Kat Mandu says…
This is a phenomenal story. I’ve always been a huge fan of using two characters to tell each side of the story, which is why both Legend and Defiance (CJ Redwine) are two of my all-time favorite YA series. The alternating perspectives give you completely different sides of the story. I often use the same tactic in my own writing.
Day and June are young, both only fifteen. Day is a criminal mastermind who has managed to elude the government and military of the Republic for five years. Though he doesn’t work for their enemy, the Colonies, he certainly doesn’t want to help the Republic either. He’s got a family in the slums to provide for and that means he’s got to use his skill set – a wide range of fighting abilities, agility, and intelligence – to do just that. Now one of his brothers is seriously ill from the plague and that’s where the story begins, with Day trying to find a cure.
June, on the other hand, is a military prodigy, one of two (wink, wink) to receive a perfect test score on the “Trial” the government issues all ten-year-old children in the Republic. She’s a feisty troublemaker with a similar skill set to Day’s – very smart, very strategic, very controlled. And when her brother is killed in the line of duty – with Day as the prime murder suspect – she sets out to capture and hand out justice.
But alas, things are not what they seem. Secrets are unveiled, trusted characters are put in a different light, and desire blossoms in the shadows of heartbreak.
I enjoy the suspense of this one. It’s one of the main books I can’t seem to put down. Literally, when I’m pulled away for work, I’m like, “UGGHH I WANT TO GO READ.” And then I come home and read like 130 pages in the wee hours of the night.
I happened to catch a snippet of someone else’s review – it said someone hated this book and rated it only 1 star – and his main problem was that the characters seemed like the same person. But isn’t that the point? It’s even mentioned in the ending as both Day and June wonder what their lives would be like if they were switched. What would have happened if Day had become the Republic’s Prodigy and June the criminal Legend? I like that they share the same ideas, the same smarts – I think it makes for a more interesting story because then they have to do things BEYOND what they’re capable of to try to outsmart the other. It means they have to be on their game, no matter what, because most likely, the other is thinking along the same lines.
I’m eager to read on and discover more about the world that Marie Lu has set up for us. Again, this is one of my favorite reads and I’m betting everyone will enjoy this series. I do every time I read it.
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