Legend by Marie Lu

Genre: YA 

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Says: 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 synopsis given is pretty much on point. We have alternating pov’s going back and forth between June and Day and LOTS of action. If you like action you definitely won’t be disappointed.

I liked all the characters well enough. I thought both Day and June were especially strong. The author took care to develop this world well. I did feel that the plot was kind of predictable though. Midway through the book I had figured out most of the O.M.G. scenes to come. Again, what didn’t disappoint were all the action scenes included in this book that were written so well. The very last action scene in the book was ridiculous and I often found myself panting with excitement checking my own watch knowing I was running out of time right along with the heroes of the book.

I say try it. I think you’ll enjoy all of the government conspiracies, the jail breaks, the futuristic Robin Hood “thang” Day has going on and the very mature way these 15 year olds approach everything! Upon finishing this read I felt satisfied. It didn’t necessarily invoke strong feelings for a 5 star rating but I walked away wanting to read the next book right away. Obviously I can’t since it won’t come out for another 6 months BUT I did want to continue the adventure.

On to the next!


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