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Legend by Marie Lu
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Dec 13, 2011

really liked it

This is one of the better dystopian YA books I've read this year. I don't want to marry it and have its babies or anything (and yes, there are books I do feel that way about), but it's a solid, enjoyable read. Apparently the author had Les Miserables in mind, which I guess I can sorta maybe see, if Les Mis was set in post-apocalyptic Los Angeles and Jean Valjean was a street urchin and Javert a 15-year-old girl... This girl, June, is a military prodigy tasked with hunting down her brother's killer, a young man known as Day who has been the republic's most wanted for a long, long time (although nobody knows what he looks like). June and Day are very well matched, as far as stealth and badassness go, so there's some fun cat-and-mouse type shenanigans before the inevitable showdown. The catch is that (drumroll, please) not all is as it seems in this fine republic - a lesson June learns through much pain and heartache. The action is very well done, I feel, and the romance is nice and subtle (although not particularly well developed - why do starcrossed folks always just happen to fall for each other?). I liked a lot of the supporting characters, too, and I look forward to spending more time with them in the subsequent books. Very curious to see where this one goes...

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