Author: Marie Lu
Series: Legend trilogy (#1)
Publication Date: November 29, 2011
Genre(s): Fantasy, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Romance, Dystopian, Mystery
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.
This book is a dystopian novel set in about 100 years in the future if I'm not mistaken, when USA has been split into two parts: The Republic and The Colonies, and they've been at war with each other for who knows how long. When Day, one of the Republic's most wanted criminals is assumed to have killed the Republic's most loved prodigy , June Iparis's brother, Metias, June goes out to hunt Day, and that's when their path's collide and they start unveiling the Republic's secrets.
I'll be honest with you. Out of all the dystopian novel's I've read, Legend is one of the better dystopian novels. Better those other dystopian novels on the shelves these days. (THG, Divergent, why do people even like those?) Because I actually found the characters in the book quite likeable and so, SO much better than Trises and Katnisses (it's the characters that kill dystopians.).
You don't have to agree with me at all, but let's just say that I did not like Tris from Divergent or Katniss from The Hunger Games. Their behaviour was so naive and immature, and "I'm going to throw myself into the battlefield and get shot and die looking like I was heroic and leave my boyfriend to cry" like personality. Because there's a line between being smart-heroic or f*ck everything I need to do everything heroic. They don't have a PURPOSE. They're too rash, and they don't think things out properly first.
This book is written in two POVs, Day and June's. I loved Day's character. I'm in LOVE with that guy. He's a bad-boy criminal and legend (because the Republic made him into one), but he's amazing. He's funny, smart-heroic, caring, and he has a great personality (his slang is so cute though!). He's mature and brave, and Day never does anything for himself, all his actions are to help his family and friends. He is NOTHING like Katnisses and Trises, in fact, he's almost the opposite. When June asks why Day chose his street name to be Day, he said:
"You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all, one day at a time."
But on the other hand, I was conflicted about what I felt about June. There's one part of my brain going like: "She can be such an annoying bitch at times" but the other half is like "I like this girl. She's so badass." See, there's a bit of a flaw in June. She's too perfect, too robotic, and everything about her is calculated, and I'm not even kidding. She calculates the exact length of each room she walks into. We want a human being, not a robot! If she weren't perfect, if she made flaws like a normal human being, I would definitely like her.
Aside from the characters, the plot was a little predictable, but it was still pretty good. It was action-packed and jumped straight into the storyline without wasting any time explaining what was happening and explaining what were JumboTrons and what was the Republic and the Colonies and so on. There was something happening every page of the story and I literally couldn't put it down, despite some of the flaws.
Legend could have been better, but I still really enjoyed reading it. I'm not the biggest fan of dystopias unless they're REALLY good, but this one did the job for me. I think that this would definitely be a great book to read if you're a big fan of dystopias!