- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 48 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Listening Library
- Audible.com Release Date: November 29, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006FS2EW8
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The story is told in the first-person perspective, with alternating chapters between our hero, Day and our heroine, June. The layout for this book is very unique, Day's chapters are written in gold and June's chapters are written in black. I have never seen this type of format before in any books I've read which makes this novel stand out more. Legend has a Romeo and Juliet feel to the novel, where June is the Republic's prodigy child and Day is a poor street-smart kid who is the Republic number one most wanted criminal. The way they think and act is almost one in the same, but at the same time are total opposite, with June living in the life of comfort and Day wandering the streets for whatever he can find and sell. As I mentioned before June and Day are one in the same except their gender and where they live, but they are both likeable-kick ass characters.
I pretty much loved everything about this novel; it's full of action, mystery and a sprinkle of romance (yay for no love triangles!). The only flaw is the world-building and the ages of the characters, I wish I knew more about The Republic and The Patriots. Also the characters are both 15 years-old and the way they think and act are so mature for their age, and at times makes it unbelievable. Theses are just small flaws that don't take about from the great storytelling. While Legend is somewhat predictable at time, it's still a gripping read that will keep you on your toes and flipping through the pages till you reach the end. I can't wait to read the second book in the series, Prodigy which hits stores January 2013.
I'll start with our badass heroes. And I really do mean scale-a-building, gun-wielding, kick-your-face-in, defy-a-nation badass heroes. Day is the most wanted criminal in The Republic. He has set fire to police stations, robbed a bank, and exploding some military jets among other things, but he has never killed. Then when his family catches a new mutation of the plague, he breaks into a hospital to steal the cure. But things go wrong! Day's forced to attack a soldier during his escape, barely making it out with his life.
June is a prodigy of The Republic and the perfect soldier. She got a perfect score on the Trials, she is super smart, extremely athletic, and has attitude. Then she receives the terrible news that her brother has been killed by Day. June vows to catch him and devices the perfect plan to do it. She goes undercover! But after getting to know Day, and seeing the terrible things done to civilians by her fellow soldiers, June begins to question the system. What she'll uncover is bigger than her brother's murder. Following orders blindly is no longer an option.
Day and June are such great characters to read, and both POVs managed to keep my eyes glued to the action, the suspense, and the romance. They're both very precise, noticing every little details of everything they see, especially June (we get her details in parentheses). Their thoughts are always running a mile per minute, and keep you wondering what they will do next. The other characters were also very well written. I loved Metias from the short scene he got. Quiet Tess, was lovable too. I grew to hate Commander Jameson and Character X (named so by me to avoid spoilers) with a passion!
There isn't one boring page to this book and I will be pushing everyone I meet on the street to read it! This is one exciting and not-to-be-missed debut!