Review: Legend

Legend
Legend by Marie Lu

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

Legend, in it’s world-building, does come off like a standard dystopian YA novel. Oppressive government? Check! Divide between rich and poor? Check! Rebels? Check! One true face of rebellion? Big check! So, what is new, you might ask? The conspiracies, and the romance. Yep, romance, even though it doesn’t really feel like it, with June’s isolated nature and Day’s mistrust due to his life, there are times when you feel it won’t work out. And her being sent to hunt him down doesn’t help matters, but what I loved is how they brought out the best in each other. She turns her back on what she knows to step into the light with him, and he becomes more than a Robin Hood when he is turned into the Mockingjay Partiot’s cause. I would recommend this purely for the developments, but the world isn’t that impressive.

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