From Goodreads: 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.
I was lucky enough to pick up a signed copy of this book after the Breathless Reads Tour had stopped by. While it took me awhile to get around to reading it, I am very glad that I was finally able to read June and Day's story.
I think it's best to start with the font and cover of this book, because I loved it! When reading from Day's point of view the writing was gold, and it was black when June was telling the story. The jacket flaps were also a very bright gold color that I absolutely loved! I'm a huge fan of books that have a different color font than usual.
Now, on to the characters. I loved Day. So much. There are few things I love more than famous criminals (Cassel, Aladdin, Flynn Rider, just to name a few) and Day was no exception to this rule. He cares so much about his family, which is a really dangerous thing when you are a famous, wanted criminal. June is also a celebrity in her own way, graduating early because she's a genius and a total military prodigy. So any attempt to defy the government by either one of them is really dangerous. When you're famous, you can't really hide what you are up to very easily.
The villains in this story. THE VILLAINS IN THIS STORY. Rachel and I have a list that we like to keep of villains that we want to jump into books and strangle because they are so evil. Both of the villains in this book are so completely evil and do such terrible things without blinking an eye that there is no doubt in my mind they belong on that list. Everything about them makes me hate them.
The plot of this book was completely impossible to predict. It took so many surprising twists and turns that all I could do was hold on tight and hope that things would get better for the characters. Marie Lu is kind of evil for writing a book that was so impossible for me to put down, and drove me crazy at the same time! I was on the edge of my seat at all times! And the ending of this book! So many things happened all at the same time, and I can not WAIT for Prodigy to come out!
Another perfect aspect of this was the relationship between June and Day. Obviously it wasn't the main focus of the story with so many other things going on, but it was still an aspect that I enjoyed. When Day and June collide, kind of by accident and kind of on purpose, there is no insta-love between them. June is convinced Day killed her brother, and she doesn't want anything other than to bring him in. The relationship between them develops over time and it wasn't something that either one of them were planning on. I loved it so much and it was basically a perfect relationship. I can't wait until Prodigy to see how June and Day grow together.
Legend is one of the best dystopias I have read, and I highly recommend it! Don't miss this one!!