End of week 2 – Legend
February 8, 2013
I don’t know about you, but I’ve loved this week of reading! Legend has been a thrilling read from start to finish & I even managed to sneak in a couple of hundred pages of the sequel, Prodigy, before moving onto John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars today.
Let me you give a quick overview of the story, which is loosely based on Les Misérables: Los Angeles has been reduced to a post-apocalyptic, plague-ridden disaster area where the infected poor have their doors branded with a large red X. We’re not told exactly how and why, but it’s easy to presume that an environmental disaster may be the cause as, in this world, even water has become a luxury item.
The story is split into alternating chapters that follow June – a military-fueled prodigy orphan who is raised by her overachieving brother to serve the Republic – and Day – a street urchin who just happens to be the country’s most wanted criminal and whose main aim is to find a cure for his plague infected family.
From the moment June’s brother, Metias, was murdered and Day became the prime suspect, I was hooked. Their worlds collided in a plot full of twists and eye-opening events which managed to keep me on the edge of my seat. Even though June is the Republic’s golden child and Day a mere street urchin, the two come to realise that they are not so different and uncover an impossible truth about their leaders.
I was left wanting to know more about the Government’s propaganda to cover-up the split of the once united states of America into the Republic and the Eastern Colonies – especially, as even the characters are left in the dark. I found this hidden history fascinating and, though a few hints were given, I’m keen to keep going with Prodigy to see if it will let me in on some more key information.
I can guarantee that you’ll be addicted to Legend; it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat and you’ll want to keep reading to find out more until, before you know it, it’s 5am and you’ve finished it in one sitting! Definitely not one for the morning commute as you’ll end up so engaged you’ll miss your stop!
Although Legend falls under the Young Adult category I’d definitely recommend it to teenagers and adults alike – there’s something for everyone, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing.
Today I start reading John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. I’ve read a few other John Green titles, including Will Grayson Will Grayson and Looking for Alaska, all of which I’ve loved, so I’m excited to see how this one turns out!
Also, as I’m a big John Green fan, I’m really excited to be going to see The Fault in Our Stars tour this evening. I cannot express all the joys that I am feeling – I’ll report back on Monday for anyone that hasn’t been able to make it along to one of his stops over the past week!
Have you been reading Legend this week? Did this action-packed dystopian leave you wanting more? Let me know in the comments below.