With beginning like: “My mother thinks I’m dead. Obviously I’m not dead, but it’s safer for her to think so” I decided to pluck Legend off my to-read stack. 15-year-old renegade? Military prodigy? Plague? A dystopian twist on the United States? Murder? Lies? Betrayal? Secrets? And sickeningly brilliant twists of events? I’m in.
Legend is written in present tense, first person, alternating chapters between Day and June – enemies by circumstance. I’m a huge fan of that style, so I dove right in with no concerns. It’s written like I would write (not saying that I could pen something as brilliant, but saying the style vaguely resembles…well…mine). That being the case, I found myself figuring out where the plot was going ahead of time (now that rarely happens). Did I mind? No! I loved the plot, the characters, the concepts and the heart wrenching twists at the end. While my fingers went white from gripping the pages as I neared the climax, I didn’t get any huge surprises. Which is unfortunate. I do like a gobsmacking spin to make me hug the book and weep bitter tears as I close those final pages.
The characters are perfect. June – your feisty, intelligent, kick-butt heroine. Day – your savvy, caring, tough, invincible “bad-boy”. Nearing the end I felt June had more “voice” than Day, which bothered me. But June’s predicaments were nearly equivalent to Day’s at the end, so I’ll forgive her. Tess comes as a welcome “secondary” character. Sweet. Small. In need of Day’s protection. I like Day’s family and his relationship (though secret) with them is written in an absolutely precious way. June’s brother, Metias, is too good to be true. And Thomas? I had a nasty suspicion about him from the beginning.
The story kept me hooked and wondering. When I put the book down, I kept wondering about it (mark of a good book there) and I wanted to finish and find out where everyone would end up. No surprises, but I felt vaguely satisfied when I closed the cover. Of course the novel screams for a sequel (which I will read come January the 29th. Yes. I found out the date). And if it tops this one, then I can’t wait!
Perfect description, weaving of plot, story arch, climax and conclusion. Everything fell into place with ease. The author didn’t leave anyone or anything hanging in an awkward position, as sometimes happens with trilogies. It hard horror elements, murder, military mindlessness and the occasional kiss. The romantic scenes don’t go very deep. They’re not overly convincing either. But the action scenes are breathtaking and vivid.
The themes are strong, wound in and out of the dystopian setting. One really stood out to me, mainly because I haven’t seen it before (which is always very exciting!). Mindless obedience. In these kinds of books, we rarely see from the eyes of the “enemy”. June is on the “enemy side”, that demands complete and military obedience in all cases while they wage war on the Colonies. It’s interesting seeing her swallowing the information the government crams down her through and then…slowly…seeing for herself. June is on the “side” that mindlessly kills people. And it’s interesting seeing how she, and those around, her react to that. A thoughtful angle that I appreciated reading.
Legend is a brilliant book with characters not to be missed, full of action, escapes, guns, prisons, wanted teen criminals, rebels and a terrible ending.
Another read from my list of “books-to-read-if-you-loved-the-Hunger-Games“
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.