Series: Legend # 1
Published by Putnam Juvenile on November 29, 201
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.
Yeah, it’s a cliche, but I started reading Legend this morning, and I couldn’t put it down. This book is a great example of dystopian YA done very well. With two smart, resourceful, and tough main characters, a dystopian world that’s frightening but not too far-fetched, and heavy doses of action and tension, Legend thrills on every page.
June and Day are two fifteen year-olds, living in the same geographical area, but worlds apart on society’s spectrum. June is privileged, a prodigy, and an elite member of the Republic’s military force. Day (aka Daniel) is an outlaw, a lone rebel against the Republic’s oppression. The two cross paths when June is tasked with investigating a crime, allegedly committed by Day, that hits very close to home.
The book switches viewpoints between June and Day, and we are privy to the clever minds of these two young people as they gradually gain a deeper understanding of the world around them. June is initially an unquestioningly loyal member of the Republic. Her encounters with Day, a supposedly ruthless criminal, force her to question her beliefs. Day, meanwhile, faces incredible tragedies and has very few people whom he can trust. He wants to believe June is one of those people, but he has learned from a young age to be wary of the Republic’s elite.
My only quibble – the identity of one of the villains was very obvious to me from the beginning. I’m no genius, so why couldn’t June, with her 1500 Trial score, figure it out immediately, too?
Now, if I could just get through this huge stack of library books with fast-approaching due dates, I could get started on Prodigy, and I’d be a happy camper.