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Legend by Marie Lu
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Nov 14, 2011

really liked it
Read in November, 2011

This is a wonderfully written dystopian novel set in a futuristic Los Angeles that seemed all too real. The United States has been divided into different areas and Los Angeles is part of the Republic run by the military and constantly at war with the Colonies. Personal freedoms have been severely curtailed and every child is forced at 10 years old to take a test that will determine his/her future in society. June scored a perfect score during her trial and is ready to graduate from the top military academy at age 15. Her brother, Metias, is already a Captain of the City Guard and has been raising June since the death of their parents. After failing his trial, Day left his family to live on the streets and become the Republic's most wanted criminal. When June's brother, Metias, is killed during a hospital break-in by Day, June asks Metias' Commander to let her track down Day and bring him to justice. Once June locates Day, she finds that he is not the callous criminal portrayed by the Republic. This book is violent and shocking, yet it seemed necessary for the story.
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