Author: Marie Lu
Release Date: November 29th 2011
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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.Since I'm posting this so early (I don't have the patience to wait until late November!), I tried not to be too specific with certain plot points.
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.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
Legend is a thrilling, intense, addictive ride that is shocking in it's violence yet emotionally touching. The characters breathe a life of their own and the world Marie has crafted is so well detailed and expanse, I felt like I was right there inside the book. Legend is set in the Republic of America, long gone are the "United States" - instead there are two nations at war - the Republic and the Colonies. We're shown the journey of two fifteen year olds living within the same nation, but with vastly different upbringings and opposing beliefs. Marie really digs deep inside her protagonists heads and explores with flawless talent their individual journeys, which ultimately combine into a shared journey, creating what is going to be one of the most unstoppable duos in the YA world.
Day and June are two sides of one coin. Both are incredibly intelligent, skilled and can kick some serious ass. One, a wealthy child prodigy destined for a exceptionally bright future, despite a few troublemaker antics and the other, a boy from the slums, who in his young life has marked himself as the Republic's most wanted criminal. Only on rare occasions is a trace of him left behind. The Republic have no idea what he looks like, where he comes from, what he's planning next. They are completely in the dark as to who their most infamous criminal is, save for the name he goes by: Day. They can never catch him, never outsmart him. Until that one day of desperation, when Day embarks on an ill-fated mission to help save his family and Captain Metias Iparis is killed. That Captain is June's brother, her only remaining family left. And she will stop at nothing to find Day and make him pay for what he has done.
Marie really excelled at creating a strong emotional bond between the reader and the characters. I become so invested in both Day and June's lives, their emotions, their struggles, their histories. Narrative between the pair is switched every chapter, but every single time I was so effortlessly attuned to each character and their plight. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the relationship between Day and June merge and transform from their initial attraction, to the realisation of the identity of the other and the conflicting feelings that followed, warring confusion in their hearts - June's in particular. How could she feel sympathy, friendship and attraction, even, for the boy who supposedly murdered her brother?
Legend is full of the betrayals, secrets, government manipulation and badassery that dystopian fans crave. Your heart will ache, pound, rejoice and clench as it enjoys a plethora of emotions from this fantastic novel. There are many gasp worthy moments throughout and more than once I wanted to throw something at certain people from the Republic! We're given a few flashbacks throughout the story that shed more insight on the bonds both Day and June share with their families, which fit seamlessly within the present and allowed us to grow even more connected with the characters. The talent and skills these fifteen year olds have is insane. What I wouldn't give to be able to scale a building or be the smartest person in my country when I was 15. Hell, what I wouldn't give to scale a building now.
Legend is a beautifully written dystopian that will keep you on the edge of your seat, your heart reaching out to these characters in the time of need, of pain, of joy, of impossibility - how will they make it out alive? What will happen next? This is such a page-turner, you won't be able to read fast enough yet regret the moment you come to that final sentence. This is going to make an amazing movie, I think it will really translate well to screen. Now how do I make both the sequel and the movie come sooner?! I might have to employ Metias' genius hacking skills to obtain earlier copies of both *shifty eyes*