BOOK REVIEW: Legend, #1: Legend by Marie Lu

legend

5stars

 

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.

-from Goodreads.com

*SPOILER FREE*

One of my Top 13 of 2013 (that post will be up Dec. 31st!) This book was just amazing. I totally, fully, wholeheartedly, seriously recommend this book!

It was barely 300 pages and it was just so quick! Fast-paced and action-packed!

The two main characters June and Day were so, I don’t really know exactly what I’m trying to say, refreshingly good? I guess what I mean is, not many dystopian/sci-fi heroes and heroines that can hold up their own as much as June and Day can.

Yeah of course, there are obvious dystopian characters that can hold their own (Katniss Everdeen,  Tris Prior, blah blah blah) but I feel like June and Day are so much different than those characters.

I really liked June, add her to my fictional role-models list. She was so strong, headstrong, and didn’t let anyone define who she was, not even any of her Commanders.  And also incredibly intelligent! I thought it was sooooo freaking cool when she started analyzing every single detail about everything. Marie Lu did a good job at making her feel observant and smart and not annoying and extraneous.

Day is also an equally incredible character. They both share the same score and they both share the same intelligence. They can both analyze a situation and observe the details. That’s one major reasons why I absolutely fell in love with their characters, intelligence makes people (not only fictional) so amazing.

The thing that bothers me though (not about the actual book) is the fact that it’s so hard to categorize books like these– it really could be both dystopian and sci-fi. Dystopian by the government at war with Colonies and sci-fi by the Plague.

Anyway, I really also liked the plot of this book. I like how there’s a conflict inside a bigger conflict. The bigger conflict being the war against the Colonies while at the same time the smaller conflict being the creation and “outbreak” of the plague. That’s what makes this book really unique.

I overall love this book and will start Prodigy tomorrow because I am EXHAUSTED! Goodnight!
A gif that sums up my reaction:

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