*SPOILERS FOR LEGEND-MARIE LU*
Have you ever thought about what would happen if the United States would be if it was split up? And if that did happen, why would it? In the book Legend by Marie Lu, that is the setting throughout the entire book. In this setting, the story follows two characters, Day and June, as their paths cross over. In this book, Day is a poor fifteen year old boy, who is the most wanted criminal in the country. June is a fifteen year old girl who is a officer in the Republic. Day is framed for the murder of June’s brother, which causes June to want to capture Day.
A theme that is explored throughout this book is acceptance. In the Republic, when a child turns ten years, they have to take a test called the Trial. If you pass your trial, you’re regarded as one of the strongest and smartest people in the Republic, but if you do not, then you are regarded as a waste of space. This relates to real world society in that if you are unable to provide any services to your country, should you be cast out of it. It raises anintresting question as many people do not contribute to the country in any way, shape, or form. The acceptance in modern day society shows how Another theme that is explored in Legend is courage. Near the end of the book, Day is in a prison and is broken out by June. As they are breaking out, Day’s brother who is also in the prison stays back so that Day and June can safely escape. I thought courage was represented in a generic way, where a loving family memebr sacrifices the
mself and was not presented in a new way or as a new idea. I liked this book, but I didn’t think it was crazy good or anything like that. I enjoyed the the two main characters and the journey that they are taken on. Something I couldn't understand was that even though these two characters are set up as polar opposites, they act the same way, think the same way and they are basically the same characters, who are different genders and are in different situations. I did though really like how the Republic is presented and how it is portrayed in the book.
Overall I thought this book was really entertaining and I found it enjoyable. The various themes explored in the book also made this book a lot more interesting. If you like books about dystopian societies, and a story focused in on its characters, I would recommend that you give this book a try.