Day is the Republic’s most wanted criminal and June is the Republic’s most promising military cadet and charged with tracking him down. Day only stays in the city because he wants to protect his family. June is out to avenge her brother’s murder. When they meet, they uncover secrets and discover they might not be on opposing sides after all.
What a set up! Both Day and June are incredibly smart and likeable protagonists and they’re up against a nefarious government that will stop at nothing (extreme violence which is not for the fainthearted) to not only retain control but also to take over neighboring areas. I was completely drawn into their two points of view, understood their motivations and rooted for them to succeed – which of course creates palpable tension and heart-stopping thrills.
The romance is understated enough not to turn off teen boys, but authentic enough to appeal to teen girls - a tough line to straddle. Theirs in not a relationship that grows merely out of physical attraction and proximity - but rather out of mutual admiration. Day and June are dystopian fiction’s new power couple: Apart they are formidable opponents – but together, they are legend.
LEGEND is genius and I can’t wait for more.
5 Zombie Chickens – The Ultimate Dystopian Reading Experience
LEGEND doesn’t come out until November 29th, but Penguin has donated 3 advance reader copies for some lucky readers. For a chance to win, fill out this form by Saturday August 13th at 11:59 pm CST. US and Canadian addresses only. Find out more about the book at the author’s website. Also, see the trailer and read the first chapter at the official series website.
Song for the Ultimate Dystopian Playlist: The Beginning is the End is the Beginning by Smashing Pumpkins. Sample lyric: “There’s no more need to pretend, Cause now I can begin again.” (Note: Song suggested by the author)