Monday, April 23, 2012

Legend (Legend, #1) by Marie Lu

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.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

     All the reviews I’ve read of this book have been nothing but five stars. I would only give it a four. It took me a long time to get into it. A good part of the beginning of the book was really only back story and it was drawn out. I love the separate points of view of the book. It let me get to know Day and June so personally. In the middle of the book, the action bumps up and the story finally starts to get good. Day and June both have brilliant minds to conquer the world that they live in. Speaking of, the setting of the book added a lot to the atmosphere, too. It was horrible to think of and the descriptions come right off the page. Even the evil villains had a place in the book. On almost every page, I was feeling something, pity, anger, sadness. Legend may have a slow start, but when it starts it doesn’t stop. The ball will continue rolling in the next installment and I can’t wait. 

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