Teen Review: “Legend” by Marie Lu

Set in what was once the state of California, the Republic is constantly fighting the other societies that have formed in the Old United States. At the age of ten in the Republic, you take a test that determines how intelligent you are, and it sets the path your life will take. The smarter you are, the more money you make. June is a prodigy, passing the test with a perfect score. When her brother, and only remaining family member, is killed, she, at fifteen, is graduated early from college to pursue the only murder suspect, a teenage boy named Day who has thus far evaded capture. Day is clearly intelligent and agile, but he completely failed the test. Instead of being killed, he escaped and has been an annoyance to the Republic ever since. While tracing Day down, June finds that what she is fighting for could be shockingly wrong. Day may be the best thing that has ever happened to her. Most books usually take me a while to get into the story, but I was hooked on this one from the beginning.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 17

"Legend" by Marie Lu book cover

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