Legend by Marie Lu is the first book of the Legend trilogy, which is a dystopian novel much like Hunger Games and Divergent.
Summary (Via Goodreads):
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’s 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.
My thoughts: While the summary gives a brief synopsis of what the book is about, what I really like about the book is the political intrigue that is included. First let’s describe the characters. My favorite character is June. What I like about her is that she goes through an arc within the book from Republic prodigy to fugitive. She is both very intelligent but also a fighter and uses both to solve a majority of the problems she goes through. Then there is Day or Daniel, who is a Republic fugitive who is accused of murdering Metias and gets caught up in the Republic’s government conspiracy. What makes Day great is his love for his family, and his willingness to protect them.
Other supporting characters include Tess, a girl Day takes care of, Commander Jameson, one of the lead Officers in the Republic, Thomas, another Officer of the Republic, Kaede, a women from the slums and a former pilot, and Anden, who has a brief role in this book, but a major role in future books. The supporting cast also does a great job adding to the story and plays a role in the books twists and turns
Another main strength of the book is the political intrigue. The US is now split into two countries. One side is the Republic another is the Colonies. A main comparison would be North and South Korea in which two countries are engaged in a “Cold War” with one another. Also that comes with it is the twists and turns that the story takes and without getting into spoiler territory in truly surprises you. This is a very great first book in a great trilogy.