Author: Marie Lu
Recommended for readers of: The Hunger Games Series, Divergent
“Once known as the western coast of the United States, the Republic is now a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors, the Colonies.
Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a military prodigy. Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country, she is being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest circles.
Born into the slums of the Republic’s Lake Sector, 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. Now, caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June tries desperately 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 to which their country will go to keep its secrets.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, Marie Lu has written an exhilarating first novel that is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.”
My one sentence summary: June and Day, two very different people from very different worlds, meet and discover the truth about many things their country has hidden from them after June’s brother, Metais, is murdered and Day is made out to be the main suspect.
My book rating: 10/10
For Marie Lu having started writing this book at age fourteen, I am very impressed. There was never a dull moment, and the double POV definitely helped this a lot. Unlike other books with multiple POVs, however, this one was not confusing. Usually while reading a book like this, I have to go back a lot to the beginning of the chapter to remind myself who’s speaking. This book took care of that problem by making the text for each character a different color. June’s was the traditional black ink, while Day’s text was more of a golden brown. This eliminated any and all trouble when remembering which character is speaking.
The characters in this story are extremely believable, even the characters who are prodigies or “legends”. June, although she received a perfect score on her Trial (a test that everyone has to take to see if they could contribute to society), and is praised by all, she has her flaws. She is set in her ways, and very reluctant to change them even when she knows it is best. She is reckless and somewhat arrogant, but not so much that it makes her an unlikeable character. Day, who is a legend in the Republic, is very similar to June in the sense that both are seen as being perfect. Day, however, is a little too trusting, especially with June at first, and oblivious to his best friend, Tess’s love for him. He is also very proud and sharp-tongued, which gets him into trouble at times.
The dystopian setting is also very believable. This story is set in future America, and mentions many of the cities that we know today, the main one being Los Angeles. It also explains how things came to be this way, and why there is a war between the Colonies and the Republic. This helps the reader to understand further what’s going on in the story.
Overall, this book was a great read, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes dystopian novels.