Thursday, August 9, 2012

Legend- Marie Lu

Title: Legend
Author: Marie Lu
Source: Borrowed
Format: Hardcover
Series: Yes
Rating: 4 out of 5

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.

The United States no longer exists. It has been replaced and is now the home of the Republic who are at war with there neighbours.  June is a fifteen year old girl who lives with her brother Metias in the republic and is being groomed to become a member of the Republic`s army like her brother. Day is the country`s most wanted criminal. He is born in the slums while June is born in one of the wealthiest districts. They should have never crossed paths, until one night brings them together and a secret is discovered.

June loses her brother Metias early on in the story during a break in at a hospital. Day is the prime suspect of the murder. June is determined to find her brother`s murder, Day is struggling to survive and provide for his family.

Each chapter is from either Day`s or June`s point of view. The author allows us to see both sides of the story. June is a pretty kick butt character. She does not allow herself to fall apart after Metias`s death, instead she throws herself into finding Day and bringing him to justice. She works hard and occasionally gets into some trouble but she always finds a way out. She is not a damsel in distress. It was refreshing to see a female character portrayed this way. Day is a pretty sly character too. I found him and June to be very similar. He does everything he can for his family and taking care of Tess. When June and Day join the same team they are a dynamic pair.

There was some pretty delicious slow burning romance, it is more of a background and does not take over the story. The feelings are there and known but it does not get in the way of the main story line.

This book is a little slow to start but do not give up. It does pick up and when it does it is hard to put down. I think the next book will be easier to get into than this one was since the groundwork has been put in place. I hope the author decides to keep the two points of view. I really enjoyed seeing the story from a female point of view and a male point of view.

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