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Marie Lu
Putnam Juvenile, 2011
Source: Library
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

I’m so over dystopian books. Still, I decided to give Legend a try because I had heard such good things. I started it and couldn’t put it down! I can’t wait to read the next two. Reluctant readers will appreciate it - both boys and girls (because there are strong, likable characters from each gender.) The action was interesting and the sense of peril strong. It was well-written and didn’t talk down to young readers. Honestly, I think that was why I liked the book so much in spite of my dystopian fatigue.