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Series: Legend #2
Published by Putnam Juvenile on January 29th, 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: blog tours
Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic's most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots - a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?
June and Day, both from completely different worlds have come together to take down the Republic and oppose all who stands in their way. Day is searching for his little brother, and June is struggling to find out where she stands in this entire war against the government she has grown up with. Together, they go through enough trials and tribulations to withstand a lifetime.
It’s safe to say I completely forgot what happened in the first book, Legend, but I was happily reminded as I kept reading along. I absolutely loved the fact that Prodigy finally included answers to all my world building answers and I must admit it was a very realistic theory and one that I need to remember for the future. We find out how the Republic was formed and all the other detailed facts that were missing in Legend. The plot was wonderfully developed, a little predictable, but nonetheless an intense read that made you want to keep turning the pages.
As for the character development, BOTH June and Day go through so many heartaches, problems, and teen angst that all you wanted to do was hug them and tell them it would be all right. June, this tough incredible character shows a vulnerable and sensitive side this time around, and I also enjoyed reading how June was dressed like a doll, a certain common thread in dystopians. I remember thinking of other strong characters who matched in strength and grace such as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games trilogy, and even Juliette from the Shatter Me novels. And we can’t forget about our handsome and strong hero can we? Day who has rebelled and fought against everything he has ever known is a lot more experienced, but in a way still doubts June as being completely loyal. Their arguments were heated, but also stand true to how different they both are. I LOVE different points of views, and Prodigy nailed it. I have to admit I did NOT see the love square that formed, but what can you do when two main characters are attractive in both looks and personality? I just had to root for Anden because he was such a blessing to read.
LOVE LOVE LOVE! Both characters grow so much. I kind of wished the villain was more present in the plot though.
Incredibly fast pacing, but a little too long.
Nicely done. That emblem is fab, and the spray-painted feel adds more depth to the world building found in the novel. The coloured text was also a beautiful touch.
Woven into the story rather well, but a little predictable.
Overall, highly recommended if you love characters who grow within such a bleak and depressing setting.