Synopsis : 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. . . in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what [has ]brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
Legend is the ultimate cat and mouse game.
15-year-old June is the government’s greatest agent. Day is the government’s number one fugitive. When a series of events leads the two to cross paths, Day becomes June’s first mission and she will do whatever it takes to find him.
Lu’s writing is amazing, I could visualize the militaristic, dirty, smoke-filled dark streets of futuristic Los Angeles. The different worlds of Day and June played out so vividly that you could really tell where they stood within their society
I listened to the audiobook and the male voice actor was perfect for the voice of Day, usually I find male voices sound too old but his was spot on. June’s voice actress actor was okay, but I felt like the voice she put on was a little too high and nasally for a 15-year-old.
Day has to be one of my favorite YA male protagonist to date. After escaping from the government clutches as a child, Day has been committing crimes and making trouble ever since. I mean he’s like Batman hiding in the shadows taking from the government and giving to the poor. I liked how his allegiance wasn’t with a government entity but to his family and friends. However, I was surprised that the characters were on the younger end of the YA age scale, considering all of their accomplishments.
On a side note I also like names of the characters in this novel; June, Day, Metias and Tess. I got sort of a dark turn of the century feel from the names and the constant mention of characters wearing vest and newspaper boy caps.
Legend relies on a lot of YA dystopian cliches. There were certain passages I felt like I’d heard them before when it came to the developing relationship between Day and June. I found the “secrets” of the government to be cliched and drawn out. I would have much rather spent more time learning about Day and June and the city they live in.
Legend features an original plot and intense action and world-building. It explores the idea of allegiance, duty and the truth at all cost.