Guys, Days of Blood and Starlight gives me ALL THE FEELS. Seriously, Laini Taylor just writes these words on the page and gives me all these feeling t...moreGuys, Days of Blood and Starlight gives me ALL THE FEELS. Seriously, Laini Taylor just writes these words on the page and gives me all these feeling that I don't know how to process! Basically I was just one big ball of ugly crying face.
Days of Blood and Starlight is much darker than it's predicesor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone. While we certainly still have Taylor's beautiful writing, the beauty of the story is replaced by something a lot more mature. I really enjoyed how Days of Blood and Starlight leaves the love at first site (sort of) theme behind and focuses on much more difficult subjects like war, rape, and genocide.
Poor Karou! She is just at rock bottom, wracked with guilt. She goes through a lot of terrible things in this book, and I have to say I really loved it. I am a bit of a sadist I guess, but I really like it when the main character's world is completely ripped apart in a way where they can never fully go back to who they were before the beginning of the novel (part of the reason why I loved Mockingjay). I like seeing how events of a novel change a person, for better or worse, and books where the main character never goes through any turmoil feel a little cheap to me. Well, you don't have to worry about Karou not going through abuse in Days of Blood and Starlight, let me tell you. I'm really excited for Dreams of Gods and Monsters to see how all of this bad stuff will change her from the first book.
And Ziri...oh Ziri. He is so amazing and brave and wonderful and all the bad things that happen to him just is NOT FAIR. I didn't think I would grow so attached to a character just introduced in this book, but I DID. His character really expands on the interesting "purity" theme because he is the last of the natural born Kirin and therefore Karou sees him as special. But where Thiago's desire for only natural born women (not resurrected) is very negative and a parallel to the idea that virginity is the most important quality a woman can have, Ziri's purity feels a lot more important. He is the last of her kind, not just in physical appearance but in culture as well. I can understand Karou's protectiveness, much like a big sister not wanting her sibling to lose their innocence.
I have to admit for a while I thought he was introduced to create a sort of love triangle with Karou and Akiva, but now I am a little ashamed that I thought Laini Taylor would take such a cliche road. Gurl, I am sorry I doubted you and your amazing writing abilities. I honestly hope Karou in the end will not be with either of them. I think that Karou will eventually forgive Akiva, but forgive doesn't mean forget. I dont' want her to go back to him. I want Karou to love herself.
We also have to talk about the angels. I really loved how their society is an allegory for today's government. They really show what can happen when you don't question the ethics of the decisions made by the government and just follow blindly.
So overall I think you all can tell that I love this series. It is one of the strongest YA(ish) series out there and I am so so so excited for the final book, Dreams of Gods and Monsters (due April 2014, OMG WHY).
Legend is a great start to a series with will definitely fill your Hunger Games void. It has fight scenes, snappy dialogue, kissing, and a government...moreLegend is a great start to a series with will definitely fill your Hunger Games void. It has fight scenes, snappy dialogue, kissing, and a government conspiracy! I listened to the audio book and really loved the two readers. They were excellent and I recommend the audio book to everyone, especially if the gold text puts you off (as it did for me).
I really enjoyed Legend, especially the two main characters. Day and June were both really great characters and I really enjoyed their banter as they got to know one another. With that said, I do wish they lived up to the described intelligence. We're told again and again how exceptionally smart they are, but they seem to get tricked and trapped a lot. I really would have liked to learn more of Day's back story and his motivations behind his crimes. We know he's done all of these crazy stunts (like attacking an airbase) but we never really learned why because he's kind of rogue and doesn't belong to a rebel group.
I did have some issues with the world building. In dystopian books set in America I really like to understand how we got from present day to the current government in the novel. There were some hints at this so I'm hoping this will be discussed more in future novels. I also would have liked to know some more answers to the Republic plague conspiracy as well as why they are at war with the colonies, but again I think that will be covered more in later novels. I also wanted to know more about the trials, especially what exactly when down with Day's trial. There are a lot of interesting concepts that I hope will be fleshed out in further novels.
Overall I really enjoyed Legend. The writing was really great and the pacing was spot on. I know dystopian is a real trend right now is YA literature, but Legend is at the top of the pack. If you liked The Hunger Games and Divergent, make Legend your next pick. (less)