I tried to read a lot while I was away for the holidays. Spent a lot of time reading the Y: The Last Man series (amazing! thank you Brave New Worlds!) and starting a number of books in my backlog. One of which, was Legend by Marie Lu.
I picked it up for $1.99 during an Amazon Kindle Deal of the Day. It was a book I always meant to pick up, because I really love me some dystopian YA. But with so many other great books out there in the genre (Hunger Games, Divergent), I wasn't in a rush to pick it up.
Turns out, that was a mistake.
Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
The Story: One of the interesting things that Legend does incredibly well, is balance two voices of two very different characters in a believable, thought out way. I loved how Lu told the story from the perspective of Day and June, and found myself sucked into the world they were painting.
See, each of them is on an opposing side, and each sees the city they live in, the world they live in, in a unique way. And as their worlds come closer together, so do their viewpoints... it's just done so well. Loved it.
And the story stands on its own. The corrupt government, the intrigue, the fights... everything feels so very real. I tore through this book in a day, and found myself eager for more from Lu.
The Art: The new paperback and hardcover look BEAUTIFUL. The cover for the sequel mirrors the effects on the revamped original. Good stuff. I didn't dig the original hardcover on the book, so I'm glad it got revamped. The paperback hits in April.
The Verdict: I was thrilled to discover there's a sequel coming out later this month. Pre-ordered the hell out of it. Do yourself a favor and buy both right now.