Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 11
Summary: “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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
Legend by Marie Lu is a really great book! It was a bit slow in the beginning, but after 20 or so pages I was hooked. I could not put this book down! One of the two narrators is a criminal on the run. Even though he is a criminal, the majority of what he does is for the greater good. He cares a lot about his family and helps them even when they can’t know he’s helping them. The other narrator falls in love with him while undercover trying to arrest him. The worst of adult content is kissing. The violence in this book is high, which is my reasoning behind the suggested age. I highly recommend this book to those who like mysteries or dystopian novels.