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’ 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.
Dystopian genre is a huge market out in the literary world but Legend has to be one of my favorites of the 2011 year, up there with Divergent. The dual POVs always happen to be a favorite of mine, allowing a wider spectrum of character thoughts and depth in the story line and does Legend give you that. With June, our prodigy and youngest military officer sparked with revenge after her brother’s death, and Day, the youngest and most dangerous criminal within the Republic. Two minds to look through, two stories to adore.
Marie Lu did an absolutely fabulous job with completing the novel in present tense. Reading in past tense and third person past tense with most novels, it was nice to bask in the glory of the present. The thought of them living their lives while you read, fighting and going through tough decisions gives chills and keeps an air hanging because you know what they know.
I am highly anticipating the next novel in this series to leave me breathless as the first had. The months seem so far away until its release.
First Line: My mother thinks I’m dead.