Sunday, December 4, 2011

Legend Review

305 pages
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 was a wonderfully refreshing dystopian novel. Day and June are both likable and interesting narrators. Day is the "bad boy" of the book, a renegade causing trouble for the Republic. June is of course the "good girl" but with a rebellious streak. Both Day and June are strong characters who would do anything for the people they love. I love the dystopian world the author created here but I wish there had been more of a back story and explanation to how it got that way. The story was extremely fast paced and hinted that all might not be what the Republic says it is.There are a lot of underhanded things going on in that society but the full scope of what it all means I guess will be saved for the next book. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that the story seemed too short. I wish there had been ore to it but like I said, that will probably be saved for the next book. I definitely recommend this book especially if you love dystopian fiction.


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