Legend by Marie Lu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Legend by Marie Lu is an action packed and surprisingly good dystopian novel.
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 got a book recommendation for this book by one of my teachers. I know it is way after school let out, but I finally got to it the end of June, and am glad I did!
It is a dystopian fantasy with a good setting. It takes place in a vividly described future Los Angeles. The USA has split into two nations, the Republic and the Colonies. The Republic is new, and the Colonies is the USA.
Day and June live there, and are complete oppisites. Day is the nation's criminal, running away from home to be a well wanted fugitive. He never killed anyone, but just hurts people for good reasons. June is the younger sister of a well respected military captain, and she is training to be just like him.
Just like any dystopian, there are a lot of killings in this book. Many of Day and June's family and friends die, and it is sad. I would like to see a dystopian with no deaths. Or would that even be a dystopian? I don't know!
One flaw with this book is the fact that the kids are so mature and responsible at such a young age. What are they, 15? They act about 20 (at least).
This is an action packed, fast paced, romantic dystopian that is really good. I give it 4.5 stars.
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