How was your Christmas vacation? I had a blast! For Christmas I got the Legend trilogy, three amazing novels about the relationship between a famous criminal and a prodigious detective in a land once known as the western coast of the United States. The author of this astounding trilogy is Marie Lu, I found it interesting how she was inspired to write Legend while watching Les Misérables, and found a way to make a relationship between two very different characters in a more modern story.
One of the main characters of the Legend trilogy is June. A fifteen-year-old June was born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. The second main character is Day, also at the age of fifteen, but unlike June, Day was born into the slums of the Republic and is the country’s most wanted criminal, but his motives are not as malicious as they seem.The two characters are from very different world’s, June and Day have no reason to cross paths, until the day June’s brother and only living family member, Metias, a Republic official, is murdered and Dat becomes the prime suspect. After the horrifying news, June is focused on one thing and one thing only, she seeks to avenge Metias’s death.
If I could meet either one of these characters somehow, I would want to meet Day. Day is an extraordinary person, not only is he the country’s most wanted, he also cares a lot about his family and will do almost anything in order to protect them. I would also like to meet Day because he was able to pull off a bank robbery in less than ten seconds! No ordinary person can do something as complex as that stunt. These are just some of the many cool things Day has done, and I think it would be interesting to ask him about his everyday life running away from the Republic, always looking over his shoulder.
I’m still in the process of reading the Legend trilogy, and I am very intrigued in the series. The novels include compelling heroes, each with their own characteristics and backstories, non-stop action, a strange scenery of the United States, and a strong vibe between the main characters. I would definitely recommend this book to others, and like several critics have suggested Legend is,
“A fast-paced blend of action and science fiction…Legend will give Hunger Games fans something worthwhile to read” –Voya
Like the critics, I agree the series is a bit like the Hunger Games series. Both of the series contain a society that are corrupted. In a way Katniss Everdeen represents both the characters June and Day. Both Katniss and June have a strong female lead, plus both of those characters know it’s like to loose a parent(s). I think Katniss and Day similar people because both of the are against their societies, trying to do what’s best for their families.
Still reading the Legend series, I can’t be a certain what the author is trying to tell her readers, but if it’s similar to the Hunger Games series, I can presume she is trying to tell others how anyone, no matter where they grew up in society, can make a difference.