Book: Legend Series: Legend #1 Author: Marie Lu Date of Publication: November 29, 2011 Publisher: Putnam Juvenile Genre: ya, distopian, fantasy, post apocalyptic Source: bought Pages: 305 Rating: 5/5 Beans
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.
Books with a double narration tend to be hit or miss for me because it’s hard to keep the different perspectives straight and there will no doubt be someone who I intensely dislike reading their perspective and that turns me off. However, Marie Lu was able to put two distinct personalities into a story that not only showed the two people’s lives, but the changes and the distinct difference between two separate political standings.
Our two main characters, June and Day, seem like they could be no more different, especially at first. June feels so robotic, always pushing the school and getting attention from her brother and as a super soldier, is not afraid to take a life if asked. Day on the other hand, blends in to whatever crowd he is in, but still manages to make a difference without harming or killing. They are so polar opposite, it’s hard to see them getting alone, but it does happen and it is magical. The two complete each other and bring out the best in order to help those they care about. I do, however, feel a bit sorry for Tess…I hope she’s alright because I really like her! Metias is a character that I can’t help but like, especially as the story goes on and we learn more and more about him. Thomas is a character who also becomes more and more clear the deeper into the story we delve.
This story is based on a future version of the United States of America and I am super curious to learn about what happened to created this new type of society and what happened to the original USA. No one seems to want to talk about it and it is almost hidden? I’m not sure, I can’t wait to learn more on that front. Along these lines, it’s hard to ignore just how many political issues this book really touches on: just about everything from poverty vs. the upper elite to factory farming and food shortages.
This book is highly captivating and draws you into the world, not letting go until you attempt to make tea with one hand and almost burn yourself. Maybe that was just me. Whoops! On the plus side, I did not burn my hand and I can make tea with one hand. This book received five out of five beans from me!