Legend by Marie Lu
Released: November 29th, 2011
Published by: Putnam Juvenile
Series: Legend, Book One
Page Amount: 305 pages, US hardcover
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.
REVIEW:I really enjoyed Legend. When I first picked it up, I was a little hesitant, because dystopian novels are quickly becoming the over-used trend in Y.A. literature, but since they can be done so well I knew I had to give this one a shot.
At first, it was right on track with your typical trendy novel and I was pretty disappointed and found myself reluctant to pick it up again, and when I did I would only read about twenty pages or so, and then put it back down. But after doing this a few times and getting about 100 pages in, I found myself really enjoying it. An event happens that really makes me get into it and start getting into the characters.
My absolute favorite thing about this book was the point behind it. After you get further into the book you really get to see a lot about how the government of the Republic works and how much control it has, and then it makes you think, how much control does our government have over us? Stacy and I are constantly discussing how our nation has become complacent to anything that happens. We take it at face value and instead of trying to change what we don't like about the world, we try to change our world to fit what the government and the media says without fighting it.
It takes a while, but I really started liking the characters towards the end. They develop real personalities that aren't absolutely amazing, but you can see the where the sequel is going to be a lot better if Lu does it the right way.
All in all, I cannot wait to get more out of this series and I recommend this book to fans of dystopia novels and people who are into government issues.
FIRST LINE:"My mother thinks I'm dead."
RATING BREAKDOWN:Plot: 17/20
The 'It' Factor: 9/10
=86/100, B ()