I recently picked up the Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu from my local charity shop after umming and ahhing about these books for a while. Having now read the series, here is my review of the first book.
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.
I really enjoyed this book as I found it so easy to read. I found the world easy to understand and follow. While the society is not overly complex, I think that it is easy to understand how it is structured and what the consequences of the actions are.
The characters are a little too perfect (although they are notably perfect within the world they are in as well). I feel that June is slightly more realistic than Day but I still feel that they are still pretty far fetched. While they do have flaws and weaknesses, they only seem to occur after things happen to them. They don’t seem to have any personality flaws in the same way that others do.
The memory fades, and I’m left hanging on to the ghosts of his words.
Plot wise this book is very predictable as it follows the same YA dystopian plot formula, which is why I love it so much! I am a sucker for this story line and think that it is a wonderful thing to read.