By Marie Lu
“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.”
Author : Marie Lu
Series: Legend Series
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
Marie Lu has succeed every one of my expectations again. As many of you know I recent read my first Marie Lu book Warcross (click here for review) and I fell in love with her writing style. This book had the same aspects that I adore in Warcross the quirkiness, hilarious banner, a girl who can kick butt and take names, and corrupted government so well describe that you think if this will really become our world some day. I never knew how much I needed June and Day in my life until now.
The world-building wasn’t intense in this book but it gave me what I need to know to snuggle down and enjoy the flow of the story. What I loved the most of all was that we got to see POV from both main character in this book.
The story is set in a version of the United States over 100 years into the future, where the United States has split between the Colonies and the Republic and natural disasters have drastically changed the landscape of California and its surrounding states. Plagues are diminishing the population which has allowed The United States to declare martial law, where the military are the ones who call the shots. Each child at the age of 10 is required to take what is known as the Trail Test and basically this means they take a test that is used in determining a child’s physical and mental capabilities. This test determines your whole life from if you go to high-school and a big college or if you are considered in the poor working class. Serious stuff this test.
One main character is Day ( Daniel Altan Wing) whose a wanted fugitive, smart as a whip, rebel with a cause, and the king of witty remarks. I enjoyed Day’s characters POV more than I did June because I related more to him( I think it’s the sarcasm.) So basically the story starts off letting us know that Day is a fugitive (Dear god that list of his crimes was a mile long.) and has never been caught. Day is accused of murdering June’s brother which is how he meets up with June who is on a vengeance seeking mission. Day is extremely brilliant and feels emotions so intensely that he keeps them hidden behind sarcasm and the easy smile he displays.
“Time for a few confessions.Were you responsible for the break-in at the Arcadia bank?”
“Then you must be responsible for stealing sixteen thousand five hundred Notes from there as well.”
“You got that right.”
“Were you responsible for vandalizing the Department of Intra-Defense two years ago, and destroying the engines of two warfront airships?”
“Did you set fire to a series of ten F-472 fighter jets parked at the Burbank air force base right before they were to head out to the warfront?”
“I’m kinda proud of that one.”
“Did assault a cadet standing guard at the edge of the Alta sector’s quarantine zone?”
“I tied him up and delivered food to some quarantined families. Bite me.”
The second main character is June who is considered a progeny because of her score on the trails test. June was one of the only kids known who got a prefect score on the test because of this and coming from an elite wealthy family she is being groomed into Republic’s highest military positions. I will admit I wasn’t found of June’s character at the beginning of the book she came off as being stale to me. Through the book though she grew on me which was basically when she loosen up a little and let her hair down so to speak. I did however enjoy her devotion to her brother and those she loved.
“You should have taken me with you,” I whisper to him. Then I lean my head against his and begin to cry. In my mind, I make a silent promise to my brother’s killer.
I will hunt you down. I will scour the streets of Los Angeles for you. Search every street in the Republic if I have to. I will trick you and deceive you, lie, cheat and steal to find you, tempt you out of your hiding place, and chase you until you have nowhere else to run. I make you this promise: your life is mine.”
She fought to avenge her brother who was all she has left. She was strong-willed but what I loved most was that she had a very dry sense of humor which I enjoyed especially with Day. I love how her perspective slowing started to change over the course of the book, as she began to see the flaws in the government she was told was prefect. She begins to question her own mind-set and why the government that she was raised to believe in would corrupt the world so much.
“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.”
I adore the connection between June and Day. I loved how it started out as that awkward teenage exchange.
“I don’t know if anyone’s ever told you this”, he begins. He doesn’t blush, and his eyes don’t dart away. Instead I find myself staring into a pair of oceans – one perfect, the other blemished by that tiny ripple. “You’re very attractive.”
I’ve been complimented on my appearance before. But never in his tone of voice. Of all the things he’s said, I don’t know why this catches me off guard. But it startles me so much that without thinking I blurt out, “I could say the same about you.” I pause. “In case you didn’t know.”
A slow grin spreads across his face. “Oh, trust me. I know.”
I loved watching how their feeling for each other grew over time because for me it felt real and not forced like most YA books.
“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.”
All in all I was tight to put my faith in Marie Lu because she did disappoint me. The only flaw I had in this book was that I could guess the way the book was leading and some of the plot was obvious. Honestly though I can live with that. I will probably read the second book after I read Young Elites which is what I am currently reading as of today.
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