REVIEW: Legend by Marie Lu
by Marie Lu
Legend Series, Book One
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.
MY THOUGHTS: 5 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
Day and June are both 15 year olds living in California, which is now a part of the country known as the Republic. But their lives couldn’t be more different. Day is the Republic’s most wanted criminal, a thief and vandal who has destroyed millions of dollars of military property. June is the Republic’s most promising young agent. She flew threw high school and college and has already come into a position of great power at such a young age.
When the two teens’ worlds’ collide, tragedy strikes. June is dispatched to hunt the boy down and bring him in to the Republic. But soon enough, she finds herself falling for the one boy she is supposed to hate. And when Day opens her eyes to the truths of her world, it’s up to June to save him–before it is too late.
I read this entire book in a single afternoon! It was such a great mix of action, romance, and conspiracy.
The ideas behind the book are nothing new in dystopian fiction…a militaristic regime controls every aspect of civilians’ lives. The rich and poor are separated by wide margins. People are dying of a plague. But the combination of all these aspects came together in a way that kept me turning the pages quickly.
Day is instantly likable. He is vicious and efficient when it comes to his family, but kind when it counts. June is a bit more cold and structured, but that’s the way she’s been raised. Perfection is always expected of her, and she always delivers.
When Day and June meet, the connection isn’t what I would call instant, but there is something there. I like how they change each other. Day opens June’s eyes to the fact that her world isn’t as rosy as she thinks, and June gives Day something more in the world to care about.
That’s not to say that this book doesn’t have a few issues. I did have a couple of unanswered questions–why is the country at war with itself? What caused the apocalyptic conditions? But since this book is the first in a series, I’ll be happy to continue reading to find out if the answers are revealed.