Published November 29th, 2011 by Razorbill
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Born into the slums of Los Angeles, fifteen-year old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. A mysterious boy with no recorded image or fingerprints. A boy who should no longer exist. A boy who watches over his family until one evening, when the plague patrols mark his family's door with an X--the sign of plague infection. A death sentence for any family too poor to afford the antidote. Desperate, Day has no choice; he must steal it.It's very rare to hear of someone who doesn't like Legend, so I went into this book with very high expectations. For the most part, those expectations are met.
Born to an elite family in Los Angeles' wealthy Ruby sector, fifteen-year old June is the Republic's most promising prodigy. A superintelligent girl destined for great things in the country's highest military circles. Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country--until the day her brother Metias is murdered while on patrol during a break-in at the plague hospital.
Only one person could be responsible.
And now it's June's mission to hunt him down.
The truth they'll uncover will become legend.
Day and June both have very different stories. June, the prodigy of the Republic. Day, the fugitive that the Republic would do anything to capture. Legend is told from both their points of view, and for once, an author has done multiple POVs right. It's so easy to tell the difference between them, not only because of their actions but also because they think differently.
I love dystopians. Legend is probably one of the best ones I've read, but I can't help wondering how the Republic took over. What went wrong in our world that meant it had to change into their world? And I feel like we could have used more interest on the Patriots. All I really understood is that they're the enemies of the Republic. World-building is a really important aspect in dystopians to me, and too often the details of how the world came to be is skipped over.
The only other issue I really had - predictability. It was fairly easy to tell what's really happening with the Plague and June's brother. Considering that's the big issue in this book, I wish I could have been a little more surprised. I don't know how, but I still wish. :P
Still, I do think it was very easy to imagine the world they live in, which is definitely because of the way Lu writes. It's not complicated prose full of words I'll never understand, but it's not so simple that it's almost amateur. It's the perfect blend, and the imagery is great.
For once, just because I didn't connect with the characters didn't mean I didn't like them. I felt absolutely no connection to neither June or Day, but I still enjoyed reading from both their perspectives. I can't imagine ever being in any situation like theirs, so I can't imagine what I would be feeling like, therefore I found no connection. But June is hunting for her brother's killer, and Day is searching for a way to save his family. They're both completely and utterly brave, and I love that about them, regardless of the fact that I can't connect to them.
Overall: Legend is full of action and plenty of amazing characters - both main and secondary. While I feel some details were skimmed over, I think the ending was perfect and that I'll be right there with all the raving fans waiting for the next book. 4 stars.