Wow, three Bookanista Reviews in a row--I am back on track! (Ha--we'll see how much longer I can keep this up.) And today I'm featuring a very highly anticipated book which I really, really enjoyed: LEGEND, by Marie Lu.
Here's how the publisher describes it:
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.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
I guess I should probably admit that--cool as that premise sounds--I wasn't all THAT excited about this book. Don't get me wrong--I had no legitimate reason for feeling that way. I'd heard tons of awesome things about it and Marie was so sweet when I met her. But... I've been SO burned out on Dystopian lately (no, seriously. You guys have no idea how much Dystopian I've been reading) that I picked up this book expecting to make it through about three chapters and then add it to my pile of: books-I-will-finish-someday-when-I'm-done-being-a-big-dystopian-curmudgeon. (Yes, I really do have a pile like that--and no, I will not tell you what books are in it).
But I was wrong!
I read the entire thing in one sitting. My eyes were actually a little blurry by the end and I so didn't care because I wanted to know what was going to happen. It was just so compulsively readable. I couldn't put it down.
I could say lots of things that I loved about it--but most of them would spoil the plot for you guys, and I definitely don't want to do that. Probably the only safe one is to say that I loved the way she handled the dual POVs. Not only did each character have their own story (which doesn't always happen--I can think of quite a few books where every time it switches POV I have to fight the urge to skip through the chapter because I know nothing's going to happen). But she also did a GREAT job of balancing the whole "dramatic tension" thing. So often with dual POVs, we learn something important about a character that the other character doesn't know, and the character continues to be ignorant of it for so long that I have to stop myself from shaking the book and shouting: JUST FIGURE IT OUT ALREADY!!!!!!! Thankfully, that doesn't happen here. She walks a perfect line, letting the tension stretch just long enough to keep us on the edge of our seats, and then letting it go so it doesn't become frustrating.
Oh--and if you like steamy kisses? Yeah, I think you're going to like this book. But that's all I have to say about that.
I have no doubt this is going to be a VERY popular book when it releases in November--and I'm sure many of you are impatiently counting down the days until you can get your hands on a copy. Which is why I've decided to share my ARC (which I wasn't originally planning to do). And it's SIGNED! (yeah, I'm having a hard time parting with it. *sigh*)
To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, September 17th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, September 18th. International entries welcome.
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