Sagas, Myths…. and Legend.

So there’s this author. Her name is Marie Lu. I have this friend who let me borrow her book. I. Am. Not legend, but Amazed!!!

The name of the book is Legend. And this is how it goes:
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 keep its secrets. (~The Penguin Group)

So the first thing I noticed was the use of the word “districts.” Automatically, I thought of the Hunger Games, and it turns out, I wasn’t that far off the mark. The only differences between these two books is that 1 . This takes place on the west coast of the US; 2. the conflicts in the authoritarian government; and 3. this government tries to hide it’s power. But despite the similarities, it was the differences that captured my attention and made me fall in love with the book.

The characterization of the female character is amazing. I still can’t decide whether she was an antagonist or a protagonist. From the very beginning, even though you want to hate her, you can’t help but feel awe inspired by her, even though she (and I know this may be shocking) isn’t real. Her feats of accomplishment and attitude and naive innocence of a MILITARY PRODIGY combine to create a teenager who you want to befriend, through the stupidity and blindness she shows.
When you first meet Day, however, you are amazed not by his athleticism or intelligence, but by his intense care for his family. As you learn about what he knows from experience, as you read back and forth between the points of view of the two characters, the emotion that rises inside you becomes real – your indignation, your love, your hate, your shock and fury. Through the intrigue, mystery, and little bit of romance as two young teens grow up in a harsh world, you become entangled in a story so heart-wrenching and entrancing that you lose sight of everything else but the lives of your friends from the pages you can’t stop turning.

Regretting the end of a beautiful story,
Yours Truly

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