Legend (Legend, #1)Legend by Marie Lu

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

No, this is not a story about a princess and a boy, unicorns and devils. Though maybe you could say this, but only from a figurative point-of-view. I find it enjoyable that so many YA books are coming out about smart kids, the Ender & Shadow series have competition now.

Legend, is an action packed story about two people, who just happen to be 15 years-old, both are prodigies but because they come from very different aspects of society two very different lives. Ms. Lu has created an amazing dystopian Earth where there are Republics, territories, colonies, rebels, and wars. Our two main characters live in the Republic of America where one comes from privilege, June, and the other from the slums, Day. Some may call it a futuristic Sherlock Holmes turned Romeo & Juliet type story, but it’s so much more complicated and exciting than that. There are deceptions within deceptions as the reader learns about this complicated world that was created. The main question posed by the story is: Is the Republic for the greater good of the people or is it really a tyrannical empire? The ending certainly leads you in one direction over the other and I wonder whether the followup story will wing you in another direction or stay the course. Either way the concept is exiting and lends to good story telling.

This all starts by smart people/children who question what’s around them, sometimes more actively than others. Day’s purpose is a one man show of revenge against the Republic. Revenge may be a stronger word than the author may use, but it’s the best way I would describe him. He doesn’t have the gang that Robin Hood does, but he is driven by similar feelings of violation and sense of justice. Day has a family that he cares about, wants to keep them safe, and aspects of his past influence his vigilante rebellion against the Republic. June, is an officer in training for the Republic who believes all the propaganda she is fed, until her brother’s death and her orders to capture Day make send her down a path that leads her to question her reality.

The secondary characters in the story are well-rounded and have extreme presence no matter how sort a time they spend on the page due to the in-depth knowledge of the narrating characters.

Legend was a well written, captivating novel and I look forward to reading about what happens next.

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