Sunday, April 15, 2012
Legend by Marie Lu
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' 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.
After seeing so much hype over this book, I finally decided to bite the bullet and get it for myself. I was a little skeptical going in, how could the book be as good as everyone was claiming it to be? When I did get down to reading it, I found myself enjoying it, but not to the extent that others had loved it.
The characters were the only minor pitfall for me. I loved Day, he was a hardened street criminal with a conscience and respect for others in his position, but I didn't enjoy June nearly as much. June represented a pseudo good girl who had obeyed the rules all of her life, for the most part. The fact that she was able to see Day for who he truly was and still allow his conviction, was what truly turned me off. The dual points of view were interesting, giving the reader a look into the street life, while offering an insider's look at the governing power that few Dystopian books give. The writing was phenomenal, as everyone had promised it would be, able to switch tones for the very different points of view given, showing versatility. The plot was another highlight of the book, great, quick and effective, giving the reader the ability to possibly finish in one sitting.
In need of a decent dystopian after read The Hunger Games? Legend is a great option for those people, or anyone who wants to test the dystopian waters, so to speak. I give Legend a 4/5, and I cannot wait to see what is to come with the sequels.