Legend by Marie Lu was so intriguing I finished it it in a day. Definitely dystopian book to read now especially with so many things happening in today’s world and in the government. Legend really made me think deeper than what it really means to do.
Futuristic United States is divided by The Republic and The Colonies, and are in a constant war with each other. The Republic is very militaristic and I feel like they almost are under Marshal Law. Kids grow up to be elite soldiers if they pass a trial and if they don’t they get stuck doing rinky dink jobs. There is also an obvious divide among the lower class and the upper class. This is the world one of our main characters, June, grows up in. She is a high ranking military personnel. I like June I really do, and I don’t blame her for her actions and what she did throughout the book, but I still found myself getting mad at her and yelling, “Noooooooo” plenty of times! Her character developed the most throughout the book and it was necessary. I like her though… she meets my criteria of a bad ass.
Day on the other hand grew up on the other side of the tracks in a poorer situation. He did not pass his trials and instead became a con artist and “criminal” and helps hinder The Republic’s advances against The Colonies. He really cares about his family and you see exactly what happens in this kind of society through his eyes and the things he has to do to protect the ones he loves. He is the constant in this book and really compliments June when they find themselves entangled in a situation.
This book really made me wonder about what is right and what is wrong, and if what “they” have been telling us all along is the correct way to do things. I kept thinking about America’s founding fathers, what they did was considered treason and yet it was the “right” thing. But I have a feeling if anyone did that now in days, they would be taken care of on the spot… and not in the good way.
Who is to say what is right or wrong, it is very subjective. There was one line that stood out from the book, something along the lines killing for the right reasons … it’s still killing.
I know a few readers might think it a bit predictable, but despite that I still found it hard to put down and I’m looking forward to finding out more about The Colonies!