Legend by Marie Lu

    Review by:  Lisa

Title:   Legend

Author:  Marie Lu

Collection:  Teen Books

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.  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.

Fans of the Hunger Games trilogy will find that Lu’s Legend comes as close to capturing the magic as any effort publishing has attempted to date.  The story is fast-paced and original, and deserving of the buzz the book has received prior to its publication.  I zoomed through the pages, anxious to see what would happen next, and happily await the sequel to find out what happens next.

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