Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
There are a few dystopian books that are way up there on my list. For example, Divergent and Insurgent are up there. As is the Razorland Series by Ann Aguirre. One thing that I really loved about this book was the switching point of views between Day and June, the two main characters (aaanddd...dun, dun, dun...the two love interests). From the very beginning, we've got action speeding us through the book and that's also something that I really liked. Lu's ability to thrust us right into action and the lives of the characters is impressive. Back to the plot.
So like the summary says, June and Day are from opposite worlds in this big government called the Republic. One is rich and the other comes from the slums. So it makes sense that they should never meet right? Nope. When June's brother is murdered, June sets out to avenge his death. Guess who the main suspect is?
Ding, ding, ding. It's Day! June and Day soon meet and it's in a beautiful clash that makes my tummy tingle. Right from the start, June feels something for Day and vice versa but they refuse to admit it which is kinda adorable. :) I'm not going to give away too much of the book but it's a pretty great book. To switch between two characters with different personalities and ideas is a hard thing to do. I commend Lu on doing a nice job with showing June's wariness and closed off personality.
Another thing I really enjoyed is the setting. You got this contrast between the poor and the rich and the schism between them. The tension is strong as each resents the other. Though Lu did a great job with world building, I would've liked to see more vivid descriptions because that would've, in my opinion, strengthened the book.
Also, for the romance between June and Day, I really liked the pace it went at. With some books, you have the characters falling in love immediately and others, where it NEVER PICKS UP. Here, we get a slight buildup but not too slow as the mystery of Metias's death is slowly revealed. Which is great! We can all fall in love...together. (I don't know. Don't judge.)
Lastly, Metias's mysterious circumstances is slowly unravelled. We never really get to meet him but I like how well Lu shows us piece by piece the circumstances of his murder. It keeps questions flowing. Who murdered him? Why? And what did they want to do in the grander scheme of things?
All in all, I enjoyed Legend. It was a fast-paced read and I read it in about three hours. I have read the other books in the series as well and I may blog about them, too! Keep a look out!
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Marie Lu (www.marielu.org) is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Legend, Prodigy, and Champion, as well as The Young Elites. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin's Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.