Recently I have felt the yearning to flip through the pages of an action packed novel, and so I decided to remove a book from my Christmas wish list and purchase it. Based off of the description of “Legend” by Marie Lu, I knew that this plot line was exactly what I was looking for. Not once was I disappointed with the book I had chosen, and even after finishing the book days later, it is still consuming my thoughts.
“Legend” takes place in a futuristic United States that is now called the Republic. It follows a girl named June who is a soldier within the Republic, as well as a boy named Day who is a thief living in the outskirts of the city. On one of Day’s night raids, he runs into June’s older brother and has to assault him in order to escape. June is made aware of her brother’s untimely death and told that the person who is responsible is the celebrity thief known as Day.
She is so wrapped up in her rage that she insists on going under cover and portraying a girl in poverty to draw out her brother’s murderer. After being in the city’s streets for days, she finally meets Day and his friend Tess who take care of her after she had been severely injured. As June gets to know this mysterious boy, she doesn’t see a person who is capable of murdering another human. In fact, she is introduced to the reason why he goes on robbing escapades and starts to understand the boy behind the legend.
There are plenty of secrets intertwined in this plot, and dynamic characters that will steal your attention. Marie Lu did a wonderful job developing the plot, the futuristic world, as well as the people known as Day and June. There are twists in the plot that I didn’t predict and I found that to add to the overall suspense and intrigue of the book.
“Legend” is the first installment of a three book series. The second book is called “Prodigy” and I am eager to see how Lu continues the story.