Here we go, with yet another dystopian YA novel. Not that I don’t love them, but there sure are a lot of them, it’s a struggle to differentiate between my reviews sometimes! This will be a short and snappy review much like the book.
The novel opens with Day, a boy on the run. Quickly followed by June, the Government’s prodigy. The dual aspect of the male and female protagonists is a welcome plot device in the book, we get to experience a voice from below and within the hierarchy. The two characters are different and distinct enough to carry the novel.
Now the usual rules apply, the conventions of the dystopian novel are observed. Right down to the could be romance which will inevitably (I’m guessing) come second to the greater course. However, it works well and I think that the concept of the book is different enough to stop too many comparisons.
Probably, the best quality of the novel is it’s pace. Lu doesn’t make time for over flowery passages, the action is fast paced and ongoing. In some cases I would find this a negative, however because the book is short it works. I have only read Legend so far but it was good enough for me to want to read the rest of the series, which I will hopefully do soon. If you’re looking for a quick enjoyable read, with an interesting story line, then give this one a go. However, if you like a bit more context, a bit more character development, then maybe Legend isn’t for you.