What was now the United States is now the Republic, which is now perpetually at war with it’s neighbors and has strange plagues run through here and there. Born into an elite family in the Republic, fifteen year old June is considered an up-and-coming prodigy who is being groomed for success in the Republic’s military ranks. Born into the slums, Day is the Republic’s most wanted criminal. They have no reason to cross paths until June’s beloved brother, Metias, is murdered and Day is charged with the weighty title of prime suspect.
Brought together by a game of cat and mouse, Day seeks to save his family while June rushes to avenge her own. 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 protect their secrets.
1) I enjoyed Day and June equally (they’re the two narrators), and that rarely happens. Often times, one person is more interesting to write about than the other. Take the villain and the hero, for example. One is almost always going to be more fun to write than the other, therefore, you will give more time and effort to that character. Just imagine what happens with two heroes, two narrators, two villains. It’s a million times easier to give more goods to one character. But Day and June were balanced for me. I really liked how Marie Lu designed the two of them. Many people don’t like the fact that Day’s writing is in gold, but I didn’t care. It was a nice touch, but when I got my hands on a copy of the ARC (advanced reader’s copy, the copy sent to publishers, reviews and given out on some websites and events) of Prodigy, the sequel to Legend, I was glad that Marie Lu put Day’s writing in a nice blue instead of gold.
2) Original ideas behind the government. Geez. Sometimes, I swear, you see the same ideas over and over again. I was watching a video the other day where this one kid suddenly turned on his little follower who really looked up to him. Ten years later, they meet and the little follower realizes that the big kid was just protecting him. I was like, “what?” I thought they had already mentioned that earlier in the vid, but no, they didn’t. I had just expected it.
I liked the ideas behind the government. They were original, and I felt bad for Day, who is such a cool character. I liked the way June had to go through some puzzles to get them, because in some books it’s just, “Oh, luckily for me, I’m an experienced coder”. And it takes only three seconds to get into military grade security.
3) The action. The adventure. The addictive-ness. I planned to be done with this review by 8:00. It’s 8:05 and I haven’t even finished the tags yet. Thinking about Legend has me looking at reviews for Champion, the third and final book in this series. Marie Lu made Prodigy so good, and I was like, NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! YOU DID NOT DO THIS TO ME! I was so sad when I finished Prodigy. It’s kind of funny actually, if you go to the Champion page on Goodreads, you see all the people who agree with me. If you just looked at the GIFs alone, you would be amazed how many people are dedicated to Marie Lu. The action and adventure is so well-packed in this, and it’s not like it’s just raw savagery and no story. Nothing like that. Plus, it’s present-tense, so it keeps you in the moment.
pg count for the hardback: 305