By Marie Lu
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.
I’m going to start this review by saying straight up I enjoyed this novel. Now don’t get me wrong the book wasn’t masterfully written or overflowing with perfect character development. The book is in simplest terms an embodiment of a typical dystopian teen romance. Two teenagers in a corrupt futuristic society with exceptional abilities, thrown together in an epic whirlwind of action and romance.
And I enjoyed it. It is a quick easy read. You easily get caught up in the sequence of events, revelling in the quick paced action that is introduced even in the first few chapters. The romance is developed really quickly, and I’m always sceptical if characters find love within a week of knowing each other.
Having said that I still did not put the book down. For one I enjoy my romance, but I also need healthy dose of gut wrenching peril to go along with it. I guess I just enjoy reading about teenagers fighting for their lives and balancing a relationship at the same time. Either way, this book delivers on both fronts. I was always on the edge of my seat in anticipation and I could never really predict what was going to happen.
It was overall a good read and I am eagerly anticipating finishing the series.
Legend was a futuristic novel which I enjoyed as the characters were very interesting. I loved June, as a character as she was a genius and I thought Day was also a good character as well as he was equally intelligent.
I think that the contrast between the main protagonists lifestyles are very interesting, as we could see the way Day might have ended up had he been born into a different family and the same with June. I think the story is very well written and has a good plot. There’s mystery and action and it keeps you turning pages and with every page there are plot twists. I liked how the story was resolved, meaning that it did not end on a note of suspense, although you knew that there were still things that needed top be resolved but nothing urgent.