Series: Legend, #1
Author: Marie Lu
Category: Dystopian/ Sci-Fi/ Fantasy
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
Now this is a dystopian to get lost in! This really is a unique book in its own right. Lu did an amazing job in creating this interesting, complex, and visually real dystopian world. The characters were brilliant in writing and in portrayal. And the story kept me on the edge and eager to what would happen next.
This was actually my second time reading Legend, and I have to say, it was even better than the first time. The action was so intense, the pacing kept me happy and glued to the pages. I honestly couldn't get enough of Day and June. And even though I knew what was going to happen (I actually remember more than I thought I would while re-reading it), it still captivated me!
Day and June, as I mentioned, are brilliant characters, not only in the way that Lu wrote them, but in the fact that those two are very smart characters. Despite their age, they felt much older, acted beyond their years, and proved to always be one step ahead of everyone else. That gave me a thrill when reading.
“My mother used to hope that I would rise up from my humble roots. Become someone successful, or even famous. I'm famous all right, but I don't think it's what she had in mind.”
Day came off like a Robin Hood of the dystopian era, protecting his family and the less fortunate by stealing and basically doing criminal acts against the government. That was something I enjoyed about his persona. Despite his situation, he does the best he can, protecting those around him. Of course I adore that about his character. Day is a quick-witted, ambitious character. Driven to do what is right. And though that drive leads him to be in an unfavorable situation, I enjoyed watching him grow through that, overcoming it, and watching his character change with those developments.
Like Day, June is a bright character. Her personality is actually a lot like Day’s. She’s quick-witted, ambitious, and driven to do what she feels is right. But that all changes when her brother is killed and the blame lands on Day. This leads June to, well, become quite invested in finding him. Throughout the book, I enjoyed watching June’s view point get challenged, her perspective of life within the Republic. But what I liked about her is that when her view point got challenged, she did what was right. June is, under everything, a good person.
The world that Lu created is strong, raw, and very realistic. The characterization and buildup of the plot was so well done and left me unable to wrap my mind around what was happening (in a good way, of course). There were so many things going on in the book, so many other aspects within the main plot, and it was all so well written. The attraction between Day and June was so sweet and so genuine. I adored them both. I loved watching their characters develop, along with the world that Lu created. The pacing was fast, the action intense, and the twists were just wow.
“Dust everywhere... and out of that emerged this beautiful boy with the bluest eyes I'd ever seen, holding his hand out to help me to my feet.”
Lu is a brilliant writer and I cannot wait to pick up the next book.