Sep 072012

LegendLegend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu
Source: Finished copy from BEA 2012
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

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 was another exciting, fast-paced dystopian. It was unique told with alternating chapters between June’s POV and Day’s POV. They each had very distinct voices and personalities. The stories had little overlap, but nothing seemed missed or overtold. It was interesting to be able to see both sides of the story as it unfolded.

June and Day were both quite similar: strong and smart with the ability to look beyond appearances to the truth beneath. They came from different worlds, and had different outlooks, but they each seemed to grow into better, more conscience people as the story progressed.

Unfortunately, this didn’t feel like a complete story to me. There was simply too much left open at the end. This is obviously a series book, with the adventure continuing in the next volume, but at least there was no horrible cliffhanger. Just a sense of so much more to come.

3 stars

  One Response to “Legend”

  1. I enjoyed this one a lot. I agree that things were maybe left a little too open, but at least there’s a second book to look forward to! Great review!

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