Day is the most wanted criminal in the Republic. No one knows what he looks like, who he is. Only his name. And even this is not his real name. He had a better life once, a family who loved him.
Day is the most wanted criminal in the Republic. No one knows what he looks like, who he is. Only his name. And even this is not his real name. He had a better life once, a family who loved him. But then he failed his Trial, his family was told he went to a labor camp, where he supposedly "died". In the Republic, everyone takes the Trial when they are ten years old. If they get a good score, they get a good job in the military. If they get an okay score, they become a crafter or artisan. If they get a bad score, they live in one of the poor sectors and try desperately to get by. And then there are those who fail. They end up in labor camps, working to death.
June is the only person in the history of the Republic ever to get a perfect score on her Trial. She is a military prodigy, graduating from the best military school in the country at age fifteen. She is being trained to command an army against the Colonies, the eastern half of what used to be the United States. Her parents died when she was younger, so she lives with only her brother Metias.
The Republic has frequent plague outbreaks, especially in the poor sectors. When Day's family's door is marked with the plague symbol, Day breaks into a hospital to steal a cure, because he knows his family will die without it, and they have no money to afford it. Metias, also in the military, tries to stop him from getting away. Day is delirious and desperate to save the lives of his family. He escapes with the medicine, making his way back to his home sector.
The next day, June finds out that Metias is dead. She is crushed by the loss of the only family she had left. Everyone suspects Day, and June's instructor sends her on a mission to find and arrest Day for execution. June hunts Day with a vengeance. She had no living family, and does not understand why some one could possibly kill her brother. She disguises herself as a poor sector person, searching to trick Day. Will her tricks work? Will Day be executed? Will his family live? And, most importantly, did Day really kill Metias?
Written by Marie Lu, Legend is a dystopian romantic thriller. The whole story is one big mystery; the reader trying to figure it out just as much as the characters. I would recommend it to ages twelve and up, as it does have violence. Legend is a wonderful book that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was non-stop action, never a dull moment. The characters were well-developed, and the reader really gets to know and love them. The book is told in opposite chapters by Day and June. This put an interesting twist on the story, and made the book better. Legend is a thought-provoking dystopian that really makes you wonder about, despair over, and have hope in humanity.