Friday, 25 January 2013

Review - Legend

Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication date: November 29th, 2011
Format: E-book
Cover Source: 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.

Now here's a book that lets everyone know why it is I love dystopia. Yes authoritarian government, suppressed people, tragedy and all that. But people defying the same and coming out strong? Well isn't that whats special? And here's another dystopian after my heart.

The story follows two protagonist narrators, notorious criminal Day and Republic prodigy June. Day and June live different lives, separated by the levels of society until the fateful day June's brother Metias is murdered and Day is the prime suspect.

Beginning with what I liked, which is everything..
I absolutely adored the characters! Especially Day, oh lovely lovely Day. Surviving on the streets, he lives to  take care of his family and provide them with as much as he can while keeping it a secret from his mother.
On the other hand is June, the rich kid who is raised my her older brother Metias and has everything she could ask for. I did not like her at the start, but the gradual development of the character makes her just as likable.
Oh and Metias I wish we could have gotten to know him more! I really liked all the characters really.

The writing went well too, though reigning a very typical dystopian theme. I especially loved the circumstances which brought them together, the things they had to go through and the fact that there wasn't much of a insta-love factor and that the romance was perfectly reasonable, not too much.

The one teensy tiny thing that fell short for me. We didn't get much on why the Republic is the way it is. What happened etc.

So there's why I'm taking away a star. But yea that's just be me being extremely nitpicky.

This was certainly an exceptional read, certainly one of the best dystopians there.

Oh and to part, here's a picture I found on Marie Lu's DeviantArt page.

Rating : 4 Quills

quill design: QioDen
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