Series: Legend, #1
Author: Marie Lu
My Rating: 5 / 5
This review is spoiler-free.
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.
(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)
I decided to reread this because of my renewed interest in the series. It’s been a couple years since I last picked up the Legend series, and meeting Marie Lu led me to rereading it.
I have to admit, it felt good rereading Legend. This time I picked up things I never picked up the first time I read it.
One thing I realized is how young June and Day are. They’re both fifteen years old. Excuse me while I cringe at the thought of kids younger than me making out intensely. The first time I read it, I thought nothing of it because I was younger and thought that kissing is what the “older kids” did. Now that I am slightly older, I beg to differ.
Also, I saw the resemblance that June had with Sherlock. They both assess situations analytically before acting. They’re both scary smart and good at fighting. She’s like the child version of Sherlock with emotions.
I sped through the story. It was quick, action-packed, and had a mystery element to it.
She’s 15 years-old. FIFTEEN. And they’re making her do the things that even grown adults can’t stomach.
Anyone else think that Day isn’t human? I secretly think he’s an alien.
She’s the friend you want when you’re in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.
He’s the older brother that everyone wished they had.
Screw you, Thomas, no one likes you. Show some emotion, gosh dangit.
I’m not sure who I hate more, Thomas or this [insert choice of words here].
I love this book and it felt great to reread it. I give this book 5 / 5 BBC Sherlock heads.
Until next time….