Series: Legend #2
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Published by Putnam Juvenile (1.29.2013)
Hardcover, 371 pages
Source: From author signing
June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.
It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.
But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?
In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.
Marie Lu’s world building skills never cease to amaze me. She’s so talented at creating a convincing and detailed world! First off, there’s a map. YES. I love when dystopian and high fantasy novels have a freaking map. I’m a very visual person, I need to see the world! Also, there would be parts where she’d get all technical with military things, and it was so realistic! For example:
REPUBLIC SHIP DYNASTY | DEPARTURE: 0851 OCEAN
STANDARD TIME, 01.13 FROM PHARAOH DOCK,
LAS VEGAS, NV | ARRIVAL: 1704 BORDER STANDARD TIME, 01.13 AT
BLACKWELL DOCK, LAMAR, CO
How many authors would go that far? I don’t know why, but that part just wowed me. Finding out that the world was bigger than the Republic was fascinating, too! I enjoyed hearing about the other countries and where they stood in the future, like Antarctica:
Antarctica, believe it or not, was once uninhabited and completely covered in ice. Now, like China and Africa, it houses the world’s tech capitals and attracts a fair share of tourists.
Awesome! Kudos to Lu for the thought she put into the world! Also, totally random, but Day’s perspective is in BLUE font type. And a different font style (which is awesome because June and Day’s POVs are even more distinct). The first time I got to a chapter of his, I was like WHOA. BLUE. Suhweeet.
June and Day’s relationship in this sequel was far from perfect. There were times where they didn’t know where they stood with each other, and they drifted apart. They were doubting each other and wondering if life would be easier if they’d never met. It was heartbreaking, but very realistic. I was rooting for them, and I had faith in them when they didn’t even have faith in themselves.
I didn’t like Tess. I didn’t like how her main motivation was jealousy and hatred for June, and I really didn’t like how she tried to make a move on Day as soon as June was gone. In fact, I kinda hated her. I wanted to throttle her in June’s defense! I understand the mistrust toward June because of who she was, but Tess’s resentment of her went far deeper. It was aggravating! I think she could be a force to reckon with in Champion. Hell hath no fury…
The ending broke my heart a little. I know there’s still another book for it to be resolved…but I hated to see it end that way! *sad face*
Writing style: 4.5/5
Overall rating: 4/5