Book: Legend, Marie Lu
Series: Legend trilogy #1
Publisher: Gauntlet Press
Release Date: November 29th, 2011
Rating: 4 stars
I discovered this book from a Youtube vlogger called Katytastic, who put this book on her top 13 books of 2013 list. (Go check her out here; she has an amazing selection!) I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like as I'd just finished reading The Fiery Heart, and as any of you Bloodlines series fans know, it was going to be hard to live up to the epicness of that book. However I’m really pleased with how much I enjoyed it. It wasn’t as amazing as The Fiery Heart, and it took me a while to get into, considering it was the first in a series and all, but once I did, I couldn’t stop reading.
What was once the United States has becoming a feuding war zone. The Republic (where our protagonists reside) is at war with their neighbors, the Colonies. Much like other dystopian worlds, The Republic takes its children at the ripe age of ten and tests them so as to ascertain who are the weak, the passable, and the exceptional future citizens. June and Day are the protagonists, and are as different as they can be. While June is an intelligent, rich, and promising girl, Day is a poor felon on the run from The Republic. When June’s brother is murdered and all signs point to Day, she must decide what’s real and who she can truly believe.
June is the fifteen year old genius, who got a perfect 1500 score on her trial and is now the eye of many high ranking military officials. She’s always believed that the Republic has had the public’s best interests at heart, but after her brother is murdered she discovers all her beliefs being truly tested. She ends up allying with the last person she expects and realizing the real criminal is someone she’d known and trusted her entire life. I really enjoyed June’s character and am looking forward to seeing her in further novels.
Day is our other protagonist, and is completely opposite to June in every way. After failing his trial, Day escapes the Republic and becomes a full-on criminal that everyone’s searching for. Yet while he seems okay with being on the run, you can tell that all he wants to do is go back to his family and try to live a normal life.
June & Day
When these characters meet, they try to despise each other as they’re supposed to be enemies, yet there’s a spark between them that neither can ignore. I found them really cute together and can’t wait to see how the author furthers their relationship.
While there’s nothing really new here in terms of dystopian novels, this was still a really fun read. The characters are fun and interesting, as well as some of the minor characters, who actually had a purpose and some were quite likable. If I had one problem, it’s that I think the characters are too young (15) in this novel. Considering how much the two had accomplished separately, it was hard to believe they were really just kids.
However, this is still a really fun read and is a nice change from all the vampire-werewolf-witches novels that are flying around these days (although I’ll still always have a preference for those!)