Legend by Marie Lu
Release Date: November 29th, 2011
Putnam Juvenile, 305 Pages
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Legend #1
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.
This book is a dystopian novel that combines a not-so-distant future and two characters that are unlikely to meet, much less fall in love. It is definitely a fast-paced book and did not take me long to read at all. Unlikely alliances and equally unlikely enemies are what make this book so irresistible and hard to put down. Day is a wanted fugitive from the Republic who will do anything to motivate their own prodigy, June, to find him. Although she is young, the death of her brother and the subsequent framing of Day as his murderer makes her a relentless hunter, determined to take him down to avenge her brother’s death, who is all she has left of a family in their war-torn world.
There was definitely one thing that I thought was quite interesting that the author managed to work into the story. The enemies of the Republic are the Colonials/Patriots who represent themselves by a flag made of 13 red and white stripes, and white dots on a blue background. Whose flag does that sound like?
The dialogue and plot are intriguing and there are many facets of the this dystopian world that I find interesting and original. I would recommend this book if you are looking for a mystery, thriller, and characters conspiring to “sticking it to the man”! There is some definite chemistry going on between Day and June, but I am hoping the next book brings more of their romance to life.