Title: Legend (Legend #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA, Dystopia
Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a military prodigy committed to her country.
Born into the slums of the Republic's Lake Sector, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal.
From 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.
Now, caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival while June tries desperately 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 to which their country will go to to keep its secrets.
I received this book to read as part of a book blog tour - I signed up for it and I was a little unsure about whether I was going to like it or not. I wasn't even exactly sure what it was about. I LOVED this book. I read it in two days - and that's with a 2-year-old running around my house.
This book really reminded me of The Hunger Games in a couple ways - obviously because it's about young people, the crazy militaristic government, the drastic comparison of wealth and poverty, and lastly it's dystopian era. Post-natural disasters and destruction of the United States-type world.
The book chapters alternate between the perspective of the main characters, June and Day. June is a wealthy kid who has had everything and is slated for a top job in the country's military. Day failed the Republic's test and has ended up on the streets acting out against the country government who is oppressive to those who live in his Sector.
You can read the synopsis above and get the general idea of what the book is about. The characters are interesting and intriguing. They have chemistry together and it seems like you as the reader really feel their frustrations, hopes and worries. There are some good secondary characters also.
The plot carries the reader along - I didn't want to put the book down. There are no dead areas of this book, no times when you're bored. I think the author takes a unique look at a post-destruction world.
Overall - great book. I definitely recommend picking this one up! I don't think you'll be disappointed! I'm looking forward to finding out what happens in the second book of the series!
Thank you to Good Choice Reading for hosting Legend Book Tour and giving me the opportunity to review this book.