29 May 2015

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Publisher: Puffin
Publication Date: February 2nd 2012
Source: Bought

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.

June is the 15 year old prodigy of the Republic. She's the only person to ever score full marks in their trial which makes her important. Day is 15 years old, and he's the most wanted criminal in the Republic. June's brother Metias is murdered and Day is the prime suspect. June is put on the case and is hunting down Day to make him pay for what he did to her brother. But, as June spends more time with Day, she begins to realise that there's something else going on and begins to uncover the truth of what happened.

June is a strong main character. She wants to prove herself to the Republic, prove that she's ready. She's determined to avenge her brothers death and bring Day down.

Day is an extremely resourceful and strong. He would do anything for his family, which ends up being his biggest downfall.

The Republic are covering up a lot and June starts to uncover what's been going on with the help of some notes from Metias. Metias had been trying to figure out what happened to their parents, and he left everything he discovered for June. The Republic are controlling everything and June uncovers some things about Metias's death and the plague that cause her to turn against the Republic.

There's bit of romance between June and Day. It's not the main focal point, but it's there. I wasn't a huge fan of it in Legend because it felt so rushed, but it might get better in the next books.

After everything Day lost in Legend, I hope he can save his brother Eden, since he's the only family Day has left. I also hope there's a bit more about the Patriots in the next book, I'm curious to learn more about them. Legend was a strong start to this trilogy and I can't wait to read the next two books.

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