Series: Legend #1
Published by Putnam Juvenile on November 29th, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, YA
Source: Obtained at BEA 2012
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.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
I have more books than I can possibly read, but there’s so many I want to read all at once. I made a TBR Jar to help me decide which book to read next. Here’s what I picked out back in February:
It seems only fitting that as I prepare for BEA 2014 that I should be reviewing a book from the first BEA I went to in 2012. I picked up Legend and Prodigy at the Bloggers Con. Legend was one of the those books that everyone had fawned over and which I had pretty much dismissed. It didn’t sound like something I’d particularly like, but it was in my bag and I was intrigued enough to take it home. Then slowly, over time, it began to call to me. Bloggers and friends whom I have learned to trust seemed to like it, and I liked the fact that it’s printed in different colored inks (seriously, gimmicks totally work on me). So I put the title in my tbr jar and left it up to fate.
Okay, why exactly did I wait? Because I really enjoyed Legend. I thought the characters were unique and I love when female characters get to be as, if not more, kick ass then their male counterparts. It was very easy to get into the heads of both June and Day. I loved the dual narrative, but in the hands of lesser authors it can be confusing and characters can end up all sounding and feeling the same. But June felt like June, and it’s her story I liked the most. She could have turned away from the truths she was uncovering- it’s easy to walk away from what is right when one is comfortable and taken care of, but June is so strong. Day was also impressive, he does everything to take care of those he loves and fight for what is right, but he is his own person. The fact that June and Day find each other seems like fate, especially given how their stories intertwine.
I will be continuing with this series, and I’m officially a fan of Marie Lu. I was impressed with the dystopian world she’s created, but mostly I loved her characters- June and Day feel real. They are characters that I can discuss with my friends as if we know them. Did you all hear what when down with June and Day? That was some intense shiz. And then we’d have a lively debate over our theories and hopes for the series, and isn’t there anyway that, pretty please, Metais is really alive somewhere? If you’re on the fence on this series, dearies, come on over to the I Read It side, it’s fairly awesome over here. 😉
Legend gets a Midnight Book Rating of: