Author: Marie Lu
Publication Date: 29th November 2011
Series: Legend #1
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
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.This novel was quite a typical dystopian plot, it followed the well trodden path of boy meets girl, they fall in love, something is obstructing their love, they overcome said obstruction and discover secrets about their government.
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.- Goodreads
Saying this, the novel had a fast paced plot, which made it easy to read. It was full of excitement and action scenes. I also quite enjoyed the government and political setting of this novel, as I thought it was interesting, and I thought the part with the plague was very interesting, if underexplored.
This novel also has the typical swapping point of view, which is so common in YA novels now. This does allow you to see from both characters sides, but I find it quite tiring, and I like to know one character better than another, it makes for a better story, in my opinion.
The novel was written in the present tense, which added to the action filled nature of the novel, and also to the pacing of the story.
I liked the main characters, June and Day. June was a real action here, trained to be a fighter, and she was pretty kick ass. She was also independent, she didn't rely on anyone else to save her. Day was also a real action hero, but he also seemed very loyal and protective of his family. The minor characters were some of the best I have read about in a while, Metias and Tess were my favourites, they really added to the story, and added to the main characters too.
I only had a couple of problems with this novel. I felt that the "love" that June and Day had for each other was a bit quick in developing, it seemed like "insta-love" to me. I disliked that the author had written both June and Day as "perfect" characters, with perfect IQs and perfect fitness/athleticism. I found this a tad annoying, as nobody is perfect. The plot was a tad predictable, probably because it is of a popular genre in YA at the moment.
Overall I would reccommend this novel, although it is quite similar to most dystopian novels out at the moment, it was an enjoyable read none the less.