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Legend

Author: Marie Lu
Published: November 2011
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Ages: 12 and up
Format: Read eBook on Kindle for Droid

15-year-old Day is the Republic's most wanted criminal. He didn't set out to be a criminal, he just wants to help his family survive. In the future Los Angeles of the dystopian Republic, where most of the coastal areas are flooded, and citizens barely eke out a life avoiding the various plagues, daily survival requires criminal behavior.

15-year-old June is the Republic's most promising student, the only one to ever achieve a perfect score on the Republic's important Trial, and a secret admirer of Day.   Being rich and privileged hasn't made keeping her family alive any easier though. When June is tasked to track down Day, she knows she'll do the Republic proud.  It's a job that's going to change Day and June forever.

Legend was one of those books that I ended up reading in just a couple days.  I read slowly for the first 100 pages but then finished the last 200 or more pages in one night.  Day and June are both likable characters and pitting them against each other made the story exciting.  Lu's dystopian world is interesting and she wisely fits the details of that world into the action from the start.