Legend is the exhilarating first book in its series by Marie Lu.
Once known as America, the western coast of the United States in now known as the Republic. The Republic is a nation that is constantly at war with its neighbours, the Colonies.
Fifteen year-old June was born into an elite family in a rich sector of the Republic. June is a prodigy. Highly skilled, obedient, passionate and dedicated to protecting the Republic, she is the perfect soldier.
In a poor area of the Republic, fifteen year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. Although Day might seem dangerous, his motives aren’t nearly as wicked as they appear to be.
June and Day have no reason to cross paths. Until June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes a prime suspect. In a ferocious game of cat and mouse, Day races for his family’s survival, while June tries desperately to avenge her brother’s death. But then the truth about what really brought June and Day together is unleashed, the pair discovers that the country is going to sinister lengths to keep its secrets.
I loved reading Prodigy. The very first sentence, ‘My mother thinks I’m dead’, really captured me and made me want to keep reading. At a glance, I was a little sceptical of how well the alternating chapters from June and Day’s perspective would work out. Although when I started reading it, I understood why the author needed to do this and how everything that happened from the different points of view were important to the story line. There was never a boring moment for me as the story was so full of action the whole time. It was fast-paced and never left me any time to find a good place to put the book down, which meant I read the whole book in a matter of two days. I was completely in love with the main characters. I was really curious to learn Day’s full story. He seemed like a really mysterious, yet caring person. Because Day looked after Tess, a girl who he took under his wing years ago, I knew Day wasn’t as evil as the Republic saw him as. The way he looked after Tess and always worried about her made me care for him and want him to commit these crimes to help his family. Doing those things to help his family and Tess made me feel so empathetic towards him and the situation he’s in. When I first met June, I immediately believed she was just a spoilt, arrogant girl who thought she could get away with anything just because she was a ‘prodigy’ and scored 1500 on her Trial. Little did I know how connected I’d end up feeling to her. When June and Day first met… wow. I immediately felt the chemistry between them. I loved how the story flowed perfectly when June and Day were together. I found myself loving every second they were together and I couldn’t believe what happened in the end. I struggled to tear my eyes from the page and longed to find out what happened. I absolutely loved reading Legend by Marie Lu and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. I’ve already started reading the next book!