Title: Legend (Legend series #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Genre \ Themes: Futuristic, Sci-Fi, Dystopian (?), Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Action, Romance
Date Published: Nov. 29, 2011
Synopsis: 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.
First of all: the font is gold. You heard me – gold! For all of Day’s chapters, they’re gold and for June’s, they’re the normal black. Very, very cool.
I liked the characters a lot. You get to see both sides of the story, which I found very helpful to moving the plot along, instead of hindering it.
The mystery aspect makes you suspect every character besides June and Day. So it was hard for me to truly trust any other side character until the end.
I was all cool with that. Untrustworthy characters? My bae.
Then there was Metias. It says in the synopsis that he dies, right? You all read that? And then what happens?
Yup. I got attached.
It actually hurt when he died. It took, like, three chapters for me to like him and pray that he doesn’t die despite the synopsis…then he did. And my heart shattered.
I thought the world was really cool, because it mentions things like the American flag, and little symbols like that in a very sneaky manner. It shows how this world got to where it is, and I really liked that.
I found it almost impossible to put down. Very fast paced, and not an incredible long book in the first place, which helped.
Overall, I loved this book and plan on buying the box set and finishing the series. Highly recommend.
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