by Marie Lu
Legend is set in the future, when the United States no longer exists. It has broken up into warring countries, with the Western states making up the Republic. Legend is told from the alternating viewpoints of fifteen year olds Day and June. Day is the Republic’s most wanted criminal, while June is a military genius working for the Republic. When Day’s brother is inflicted with the plague, Day breaks into a hospital to steal a treatment. Following the break-in, June’s brother, a guard, is found dead, supposedly murdered by Day. June is given the job of tracking him down. As she goes undercover into the poor areas of the Republic, she discovers that the Republic’s government s not as wonderful as she thought.
I really enjoyed Legend. It kind of had a Robin Hood feel to it (I LOVE Robin Hood), with Day targeting the rich to help the poor. Except in Legend, June as Maid Marian can totally take care of herself, which makes it that much better. Even though it was a little predictable, it was still fast paced and I couldn’t put it down. My only problem with this book is that it didn’t really explain how the United States was broken apart and how things ended up this way, but I get the feeling that this will be explained in the next book, and I can’t wait!