Author: Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Published November 29th 2011 by Putnam Juvenile
Source: Own copy, bought in National Bookstore
“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”
What once was the United States is now the Republic and the Colonies which are at war.
Fifteen-year-old June from the wealthiest district is the Republic’s Prodigy and fifteen-year-old Day from the slum sectors is the country’s most wanted criminal.
Two people who would never have thought that they would cross paths until Metias, June’s brothers death. With Day being accused of his murder, June is on the hunt for him.
With the truth uncovered, June finally knows where her loyalties should lie.
Erika: Miedjel and my cousins’ have been telling me nonstop how great this book is and that I should read it. Since Marie Lu is having a book signing here, I thought now is the perfect time to read it. Now that I finally did what I can say is…. Why didn’t I read this sooner?!
“My mother thinks I’m dead.”
From page one more like from the first sentence, it’s already soooo exciting. We first meet June and she is badass and I love her. She’s just 15 but she’s so freaking smart (like the only one who got a perfect score on her Trial, which is a required test they take once they turn 13 smart) She’s pretty. She is what you want to be at 15 which I wasn’t. I’m 21 and I’m nothing like her. It’s getting embarrassing…
Miedjel: Erika, I’m sure your glad you listened to us. Am I right?! I absolutely love Legend! Because I’m all for feminism and when I found out that the female protagonist was badass, I instantly knew I had to read it. You know you have a good book when you’re just at the beginning and you never want to let it go. That’s a how I felt when I read this book.
At the beginning something happens but I don’t want to spoil so let’s just leave it at that but when that event happened I was like wow is it the climax already and I think I was just in Chapter one or two anyway you get my drift. I was legitly crying and I felt so stupid because I just started the book. But MY GOD I just really loved it. The book didn’t have a single sour note for me it was just all crescendo throughout the whole thing (Actually the series but let’s just focus on the first book first) I seriously can’t stop raving!
Let’s talk about Day now, Day is as equally bad ass as June which is AWESOME . I liked how in the book nobody knew Day cause that just made him more mysterious. I love how Day is family-oriented. Guys, I’m not sure if I should still say this, if it’s not obvious enough but I will just for the sake of saying it… DAY IS HANDSOME. There I said it.
“You’re brilliant,” he says. “But you’re a fool to stay with someone like me.” I close my eyes at the touch of his hand.”Then we are both fools.”
Erika: Now that it’s out there Miedjel, I’m sure we’ll have so many competition. Sooooo dibs! Day is a wanted criminal. He is freaking awesome that I can’t even comprehend how two such amazing people are in one book. He’s also just 15 and he’s done so many things that people who are already so old or even the same age haven’t done/would never do anything like it. He is that cool. The most shocking thing about it all was that he failed his Trial. He FAILED. How can the most wanted criminal fail that test? His done so many devious things and he never got caught. My initial thought: Impossible. He’s a freaking genius. It’s all a lie!!!!!
I cannot tell you enough how perfect June and Day are. It’s like they are exactly the same person but with different genders. They are a match made in heaven seriously. It makes me so sad that they were pinned against each other. June thinking Day is the enemy when in fact he’s not! He can’t be.
Miedjel: How Marie Lu wrote the characters was very well thought of usually if you put two very strong characters together there would be a battle of wills which is great cause it’s funny when the guys react when the girls are all “I am alpha female” but then this book, how she wrote them its like they are a puzzle perfectly placed together which I think is very heart warming.
This book is amazing cause come on guys both the male and female lead have super strong charisma, super smart, and every good thing you can think of! I’m so jealous of them their like the perfect couple! OH. MY. GOSH. I just thought of it now if they were real and were a little older they would kinda be like Brangelina! They both are super kick ass!
“She’s pretty in a way that distracts me just like she did in the Skiz ring. No, pretty’s not the right word. Beautiful.”
Erika: The first time they meet it was super duper intense and I could feel the tension between them. Ugh. I love them together. The way June calculates everything is so freaking cool. So many shocking things will be revealed with nonstop action. Definitely a book you would want to read!
What I love the most is that Marie wrote from both June and Day’s perspective. You will be able to understand both of them which is the best way to go. Aside from the fact that their POV’s are color-coded, her writing is so distinct there is no way you’ll mix up June and Day. Marie is amazing at what she does. I’m a fan.
Rarely do you read a book with 2 super strong leads—- no damsel in distresses. This is that book!!!!! Both super hardcore and awesome. The best thing ever. Now off to Prodigy. I can’t wait another second.
Miedjel: The plot of the story— I can’t honestly say anything bad about this whole book. It’s like a readers dream. Great amount of action, just enough romance, and a well thought of plot! *sigh* I just can’t. Just making sure if you didn’t get all that raving above that I really, really want you to read this book.