Title: Legend (Legend #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Format: Hardback (Putnam Juvenile, Borrowed)
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Summary: 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. (Goodreads)
My thoughts: I’m loving this book There’s just so much action in it yet main aspects of the book are not deprived. I would say good job to Marie Lu on her debut novel. This is somewhat similar to Divergent with all the not so soft girls. But girls who are tough and brave. But Legend is tilted towards more to the military side. Can you imagine yourself being groomed your whole life just to be groomed the best soldier to fight the never ending war for land with your neighbour. The whole system is just so factory like. You score a certain score for your Trials to see if you were cut out to join the military and from then on, you go through high school and then college base on your niche area. But most kids end up in the military while some become doctors, scientists and politicians, etc. And those who fail are scheduled to be killed.
Whilst those who pass but still get a borderline grade end up with laborious jobs. June and Day met with bad circumstances. Day is the wanted criminal whom the Republic wasn’t able to catch since he was suppose to die 5 years back but got away and they don’t have his fingerprint or info since he’s already dead in the Republic’s eyes. June is the prodigy with a perfect score for her Trials and her brother Metias was said to be killed by Day when Metias tries to stop Day’s escape the authorities when he snuck into the hospital to get the cure for his brother Eden who was suffering from the plague. So to start off they weren’t on good terms. So when Day and June crossed paths, they both didn’t reveal their identities much less their names so all the assumptions June has of Day is totally erased and they start off on a clean state but Day’s actions led her to his true identity. I like how Marie Lu didn’t let the both of them to reveal much about themselves and allowed them to figure out. Its like piecing together a puzzle which you have no idea of how the finished product would look like for June especially. And surprisingly, with all the brainwashing of the Republic, she didn’t ignore what Day told her when he was captured by the Republic and was waiting for his execution. Without the hint of trust for Day in June, she wouldn’t have uncovered what her brother and her parents have found out about the Republic’s dirty doings. The book ended off with Day’s goal to find Tess in Vegas and planning to The Colonies. There was this really touching part where June told Day why John took his place in his execution. I was close to tears. The unconditional love the boys have for each other is just so sweet.
Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Title: Legend (Legend #1)