Author: Marie Lu.
Published: November 29th 2011.
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile.
Sort: Part one of ‘Legend’
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbours. 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.
The story is written in dual POV and it works great. It gives us insight in the decisions our two MC’s make. I was happy with the plague aspect. I’m always fascinated by diseases and their effect on humans. It’s a shame that we only got to see the surface of the problem, but we might get more information in Prodigy.
First off, we start with Day. He is the most wanted criminal, but there is one problem: nobody knows his identity or his looks. When he breaks into a hospital to steal medicine for his family, he makes a huge mistakes. He becomes the prime suspect in the murder of Metias. June’s parents died when she was young and her brother Metias has been there for her. She is the prodigy of he country: the only one who ever scored the highest amount of points in the Trial. Twice. She is now trying to seek avenge for Metias’ death and she blends in on the street for information. When she is wounded in a fight, a boy and girl take her under their wings. Until June discovers that the boy is in fact Day.
One of the strongest points of this book has to be the characters. I felt connected to both June and Day and I loved to see the reasons behind their actions. Day is loyal to his family and he has a big heart. He is brave for his age and he is very clever. June is awesome. It was great to see the world through her eyes. She is always observing, but it was fun to see that she is also flawed. She isn’t a perfect wonder human because of her high IQ: she is still a young girl who recently lost her last family member. They start to develop feelings for each other and this was subtle and sweet. That is when the first seeds of doubt are planted in June’s mind and I admire her for her independence. She isn’t going to follow her boss blindly, but she is going to research Day until she finds the truth.
There is also a mystery surrounding the Trial, the plague and Metias’ murder. Piece by piece, we get to unravel what is really going on. It was interesting to see why Day became a ‘criminal’ and what the government really does to children who fail for the Trial test. This plot was interesting and with the good pace, I flew through he pages.
The only reason this book isn’t a 5 flower book is the lack of background information. It was a bit difficult to understand this world. I want to now how it all started and why they are in war with their neighbours.