Author: Marie Lu
Series: Legend Trilogy
Date Started: May 23
Date Finished: May 28
Format: ebook from the digital library
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.
You know, I don’t usually like to use book cover synopsis because it doesn’t really cover what I want to say, but this is actually a real good summary of Legend. Not to mention it gives me a lot more information about the world I was in during this book. Before I even start this review, let me just point out that this is another book that I was slightly distracted with. There’s this big event at work and I’m in charge of the program, so in between edits (and redoing the whole flipping thing) I tried to read a few chapters here and there. That being said, there were moments when I found myself immersed, there were moments that I found myself confused and there were moments where I just felt emotionally detached from all the characters. For the confusion part, I had a hard time understanding the world I was in. After reading the summary however, I have a better idea. Another dysotopian where the US kind of exists but not as we know it. There’s the Republic and then there’s the Colonies. The Republic – like in the original Star Wars trilogy – is trying to take over the Colonies who are rebeling against them.
Day, the street rat and number one most wanted criminal, is just trying to survive while also protecting his family. So when he sees the plague sweepers mark his families door he breaks into the hospital to steal the vaccine, but things don’t go according to plan. June, the prodigy, is trying to make her way through the Republic’s training and as the only known person to get a perfect score on the Trial it looks promising, even if her attitude is a little bit sarcastic. Everything changes when her brother dies and a big mystery is left behind. What if everything she thought she knew was a lie?
So the parts I found myself immersed in were at the beginning with Day when he was trying to help his family and also with June as she tries to hunt down Day. The whole figuring out that the Republic might be corrupt part was where I started to get detached. Ditto to when June breaks out Day and they go on the run. There was no climax to this book really. I mean, there was an attempt at one with the reveal that the Republic was behind everything – the plagues, June’s brother’s death, etc. – but it kind of fell flat. I’m also not so sure about this whole Day/June relationship thing. It feels forced.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. I have enough interest to find out where the story goes next and I’m really hoping book 2 is better. Hopefully characters will be fleshed out more and why exactly the Republic is doing what it’s doing will be revealed. From the excerpt I read of Prodigy, it looks like things will be picking up.
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