The year: 2130 A.D. Two nations at war: The Republic and The Colonies. The Republic are those who are elite, wealthy, and obedient to the rules and regulation set forth by their leader. The Colonies fight for freedom, equality, and they fight against the Republic's censoring ways.
June was born into the elite group. She earned a perfect score on her Trial test, and she became known as the Republic's prodigy. When her brother is murdered by the most hunted criminal in the nation, June will stop at nothing to catch him and see to it he is executed.
Day survives on the streets unable to go back home. He is the modern day Robin Hood; stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. After his family's house has been marked by the dreaded red x implying there is evidence of the plague, Day attempts to steal vaccinations to save his brother.
When these two cross paths they realize that although they are from different worlds, they are both the same. The truths they discover will change their lives forever.
Legend by Marie Lu is a book describing a dystopic future. Two warring nations, that were once united, creating a world completely different than what we know. I really liked this book. It was so realistic that it became a scary reality. The characters represent the two extremes; the prodigy and the criminal. I felt it was a great representation of both worlds, but I have to say I really fell in love with the society she created. Certain events transpire which lead the reader to believe that this could happen in the distant future. Lu did such a great job with her representations of the nations because it is 100% believable.
It will be a trilogy, so it will be interesting to see how the war will play out, especially after the ending to this book. I highly recommend it. It is a perfect dystopic society book with a believable future.