Monday, March 18, 2013

Review: Legend

Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

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.

The two main characters are June and Day and they are complete opposites. June is a wealthy Republic soldier and she is loyal to the Republic. Day is a wanted criminal and comes from a poor family. They are both very smart but June is very calculating and almost frigid where as day allows his emotions to dictate his actions and that causes many problems for him. They cross paths and both have an instant attraction but do not know the real identity of each other.

Together, they discover secrets that the Republic is hiding and turn from enemies to allies. Everything that June has known falters and she decides to help Day. Day has to trust June even though she is an enemy he would never trust before.

I enjoyed reading Legend and finished it quickly. The book was well written and the plot of the book was intriguing. There were a few parts that I wasn't expecting and there were a few heartbreaking moments. There was action and mystery along with a budding romance. However, I felt like the story was a little simplistic. I think the author could have added a little more depth to the story and a little more detail with regards to the characters. Overall, this was a great book for a debut author and I think she is an exceptional writer.

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Synopsis: Goodreads
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