Published: Nov 2011
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
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
Told in alternating 1st person pov's, Legend whips along at a rate of knots. There is a sense of inevitablility to the story, but it never becomes predictable. Day and June seem like two sides of the same coin. Raised in different circumstances, but with the same strong sense of right and wrong and a firm belief in the importance of family. Both are very smart and agile, very much their own person. Willing to listen to others, but not follow blindly.
Thomas was a very interesting seconday character and he surprised me. He is one of those people who never questions an order - just follows it, no matter the consequences. I'm not sure I liked him very much.
This futuristic, dystopian world was easy to imagine and believe and the action was compelling. I absolutely loved this wonderfully enthralling story that just wouldn't let me go and stayed with me long after I finished it. If you haven't given it a try yet - go for it!