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.
My Review: I've been excited to read this every since I stumbled across it on Goodreads. Another dystopian novel? Who'd a thunk? I'm a bit addicted. Legend is another incredible read amongst the flood of other dystopian novels of late. It really stood out with amazing characters, a twisted plot, and some downright badass antics.
The former United States is split. Instead of North and South in the Civil War it is now the East and West. The Republic is the shining beacon of a perfect civilization in the western half of the country, fighting the evil Colonies and the radical group the Patriots. As far as anyone knows in the Republic, The United States of America never existed. Plagues ravage the population and only the rich can afford a cure. The fate of every individual is determined by the Trial. Your score determines where you go for the rest of your life. If you get a high score, you have a cushioned life, and if you have a low one you scrape by. These two worlds collide when June, a military prodigy with the only perfect score in the Republic, and Day, the Republics most wanted criminal are thrown together.
Both Day and June were amazingly strong characters. I absolutely adored both of them. June was quick witted, amazingly keen on details, and can hold her own in a fight. Actually, she kinda decimates anyone in a fight. When her brother dies, she is thrown on the hunt for his killer, Day. She's determined to avenger her brother, who was her only family left. Yet when she finally finds Day, he is the last thing she ever suspects. The young man she grows to know, is nothing like the supposed murderer the Republic claims he is.
Day was just as amazing. You know in Prince of Persia, how Jake's jumping all over the place; from roof tops, and doing flips, and scaling buildings. THAT'S Day. Except for cooler in my mind. His antics were amazing to say the least. Despite being a petty criminal, he annoys the Republic enough that he's the countries most wanted man. Throughout his years of criminal escapades, he has not once been caught or seen. He lives in anonymity and is free from the Republics wrath as long as he is not finger printed. All of his crimes however have been committed to keep his family safe. He has been thought dead for five years, and only his brother knows he is alive. He gives food, supplies, and money to his family to help support them, and even poor communities. Think of him as a modern day Robin Hood. He was just such an amazingly sweet guy with a kind heart, and a killer sense of mischief.
The eventual big plot reveal to Legend was a big surprise for me. Obviously the Republic isn't as good as they say they are, but what they're truly doing to their own people is sickening. It was a very surprising twist and throughout the entire novel your sucked in from beginning to end. I think I read 5/6 of the book in one night. I could literally not put it down. That good. Overall it was an amazing read, and I cannot wait for the sequel! This was amazing on so many levels, I highly recommend it.