Here’s another book that has been on my “to-read” list for a while and holy-moly was it worth reading!! I love finding great books, and Legend by Marie Lu definitely falls into that category!
The Republic consists of what was once the western United States. At war with its neighbor, the Colonies, the Republic is a stratified society ruled by the Elector (now on his 11th term). A Trial at age Ten determines your future, and provides a way for the “bad” genes to be weeded out of the population. There has only been one perfect score in the Trial, and June Iparis is a prodigy being groomed for success. Coming from a wealthy, elite background, June is only fifteen but she’s ready to take on military duty. The opportunity arises when June’s brother, Metias, is murdered. The notorious criminal, Day, is the prime suspect and June’s new mission.
Day is only fifteen but he’s the Republic’s most-wanted criminal. Born in the slums, Day failed his Trial and has been evading the Republic’s grasp for years, all the while targeting Republic military operations as often as he can.
Day is racing to ensure his family’s survival, while June is racing to avenge her brother’s death.
Together, they uncover some uncomfortable truths about the Republic, and discover how dangerous those secrets can be.
AMAZING! Full of suspense, just enough romance, action, family love and dystopian drama, this book is fantastic. The plot moves quickly, with lots of action, but the story was sprinkled with memories and introspection which balanced it out. The characters were so interesting – even the ones you ultimately end up hating.
I love how Day and June are both moral, decent people fighting for what they believe in but also willing to change their opinions when confronted with new facts/information. Day and June are like two sides of the same coin, and that dichotomy makes their interactions dynamic. I loved how the chapters alternated between the two, and how despite their very different backgrounds they are so similar in temperament and character. I also thought their voices were pretty distinct, despite those similarities in character.
If you’re looking for a fun, action-packed dystopian teen fiction, give this a try!
I can’t wait to find out what happens!!! I’m so glad this is the first in a series!