Author: Marie Lu Website | Twitter
Genre: YA Fiction/Dystopian
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (November 29th 2011)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Source: Good Choice Reading Book Tour
Pre-Order: Amazon | Barnes&Noble | TheBookDepository
My Rating: 4/5
Description from GoodReads:
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.
Ever since I first heard about this book I have kept my eyes open for it. You can imagine my excitement when I saw that Good Choice Reading had an opening for its book tour. I even did a happy dance when I received it in the mail and almost cried when I had to send it to the next person because now I have to wait until November to purchase my copy. I will get on with my review since you are not here to learn about the emotional roller coaster this book took me on.
Legend is written in dual narrative from June's and Day's perspectives. It uses different fonts and colors to differentiate who narrates the chapter. I usually have a hard time figuring out who is telling the story when books are written in dual narrative but with the different fonts I was able to make the transitions effortlessly. It left me wondering why I haven't seen it done more often.
The characters are great. I enjoyed both June and Day. I loved their personalities and being in their mind. It was great to see who would outsmart who and being able to see the story unfold from both of their perspectives. Legend is one of those books where you even like the secondary characters. I hope we see more of Tess in the next book. Legend made me feel like I knew the characters and I understood their actions.
The pace of the story was good. It began by introducing the main characters and their stories and then brings June and Day together as they play a game of cat and mouse and discover secrets about themselves and the Republic in which they live. It leaves you anxiously waiting for the next installment, which is a long time since the first one hasn't even come out yet.
Overall, this is a great fast paced book that keeps you actively engaged in the story until the end. Full of mystery, love, action, and another amazing dystopian world that will leave you wanting more.