Born into an elite family, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. From two very different worlds, June and Day never imagined that their paths would cross. But when June’s older brother, Metias, is killed Day immediately becomes the prime suspect and June sets out to avenge her brother.
Marie Lu has weaved a complex and corrupt republic in her phenomenal novel, Legend. In these pages you will find complex characters, a nation that has become corrupt, and a fight for survival like no other. Marie Lu has done exactly what I look for an author to do. She creates a personal connection to her characters that is sometimes hard to find in books. You will find yourself not only feeling for the characters, but feeling with the characters.
When I first started reading Legend I found it to be just a little bit slow. Now, that could very well be because I’d been reading a lot in this genre lately and needed to take a break from it. 😉 But after I got passed those slow bits, I found myself racing to finish this story. Marie Lu completely captivated me, drawing me into this broken down place that used to be the rich, beautiful city of Los Angeles.
When June’s older brother, Metias, is killed suddenly outside a hospital the legendary teenage criminal Day becomes the prime suspect. Blinded by her grief and rage, June accepts what she is told about the boy criminal and sets out to find him and bring him to justice for the murder of her brother, the only person she had left in this world. But finding Day could be harder than she thinks. No one has actually seen him, not really. No one knows what he looks like, where he hides…June will be starting her search completely blind.
Day knows only one thing. His brother Eden has been infected with the plague and he needs to get him medicine before it’s too late. But when he meets a beautiful young girl on the street who refuses to give her name, he’s intrigued. And attracted to her. Day finds himself letting his guard down with this girl and the attraction between them begins to turn into a fierce trust that is leading them down the road to love. But then he finds out who she really is….
Day and June were excellent characters. Both had big hearts and similar personalities, yet they lived on two very different sides of the street. June had a priveleged life. She wanted for nothing. She was a genius-child who had practically completed military college at the age of fifteen. Day is a clever criminal, wanted by all yet somehow he manages to rob banks, steal food, blow up air ships and give whatever he can back to his family all without getting caught.
It was an excellent mystery and enthralling world with blood-chilling interrogation scenes and heartbreaking moments as we watch both June and Day grieve for what they’ve lost. Suffice to say, I fell completely in love with Legend and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book! If you enjoy young adult, dystopia and mystery novels than you will definitely enjoy Legend.
Coming Soon: She’s running for her life and takes refuge in a small town…he’s trying to care for his two children while attempting to move on from losing his wife…will Katie and Alex find the love they’ve both been looking for? Look for my review of Safe Haven, by Nicholas Sparks, soon!!