Legend by Marie Lu

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.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias' death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
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Publication Date: 19th November, 2011
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Country: United States
ISBN: 039925675X
Original Language: English
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian/Romance/Adventure
Source: Library
Buy the Book: Amazon
Lootability: Grab it and go!

One of the most exciting releases of 2011 Legend has the spunk of Divergent, the fearful control of 1984 and the desperation of The Hunger Games. The debut release of dystopian author Marie Lu (coincidently born in 1984) Legend is the start of an exciting new fight for freedom.

What I Liked: Day and June were dynamic characters. They both got their opportunities to talk, and the alternating point of view gave a lot more to the story than if June or Day had been the only voice. 
Their passions and clever determination made them enticing as protagonists and they had such strong passions they were very easy to like. They were both mischievous but clever and passionate. 
The supporting characters, like Days family, Thomas and Tess were well developed, better than in most stories where they nod blandly and act as Yes Man sidekicks.

What I Didn't Like: Some of the world history was confusing, and I struggled to understand a few details of why children were tested, and what for, but mostly everything fit together quite nicely. 
Grab it and go
Legend is the fun new adventure in a dystopian trilogy with an unnamed sequel due out in September.

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