Legend is the first book in the Legend trilogy. It is a dystopian novel set in a time when the United States was split in two by the effects of climate change. Like most societies the rich try and stay in power and the poor suffer. When you push people down they try to rise up. However, Legend is the story about two people. Day was born poor and failed his trial - a test to determine where you fit into society. The rare children who fail are ultimately used for experiments and killed. Except that Day escaped. He lives as a ghost, helping his family from afar and hurting the Republic as much as possible. The second story belongs to June. June is a prodigy, the only person to score perfectly on her test. At fifteen she has been fastracked through college and is set to soon receive a prestigious assignment in the military. She was born into the privileged class, although her life is not without challenge. Her parents both died when she was young and she was raised by her older brother. When Day is accused of killing June’s brother she is sent to track him down.
The book is full of strong characters. Day and June are both unique and relatable. Although, even the side characters have there own complexity. The world building is also captivating. It is scary how easy you could see society gravitating to a similar structure. Overal the story really gripped me. I could not put the book down. Although, all the death was depressing and the YA love was a bit too much. Although, thankfully, it was not the focus of the story.
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