I rarely read Dystopian novels and with what little experience I have of said genre, I can say that Legend is probably the best, yet.
The world building was gradually done in a way that as you go a
long the story, you would get a piece of the puzzle one by one until you can picture it in its entirety. In short, it wasn’t a giant info dump in the first chapter alone.
I like the idea (not that I want it to happen) of a future America when the states are divided and that the existing “United” States of America now, is just an unfounded myth or legend for the people in that time. I just find it so fascinating that in the many years to come, this moment we are living right now could actually be erased from history, forgotten and whispered around as if it was a forbidden thought.
I also like that the characters were from two different worlds and would later on unite against a common enemy. They used to be from two different sides of the fence that made things a lot more complicated yet exciting.
June Iparis is an easily loveable heroine. She’s smart, reliable, skillful and logical. I love her courage to stand up against the wrong even if it meant throwing away the life she’s only known.
Daniel “Day” Wing, a prodigy lost in the chaotic world of politics but found his way again when he met June. Just like her, Day is intelligent, resourceful, loves his family dearly and is pretty much an amazing person all around.
Come to think about it, Day and June’s characteristics are so similar that they could be the boy/girl version of themselves. It’s hard to differentiate their traits from each other. It’s probably why I didn’t feel their chemistry. In fact, I wanted the romance to happen at the later part of the series like maybe in the second half of the next book or even at the final book. The romance felt forced and even premature. I just thought that they should have known each other better before feeling passionate things for each other.
On another note, the pacing of the story was slow in the beginning but picked up halfway through it. I think that the death of certain characters were rushed and not given much emphasis that I didn’t mourn for their loss as much as I thought I would have, especially since these characters have endeared themselves to me even though they don’t have a very active role in the story.
In conclusion, I enjoyed this book and would gladly continue on the series.
(Side note: anyone else thinks that Day and June’s physical apperances are very anime inspired? June is totally Tiffa Lockheart and Day is Cloud–with the longer hair of course.)