The Legend trilogy by Marie Lu is the best series out there. No doubt in my mind. I know everyone has their favorite and you might not agree with me. However, my goal is to make you want to read this series by the end of this post:
First of all, I think you should read the synopsis if you haven't already:
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, 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. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks 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 their country will go to keep its secrets.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
Action! Suspense! AND romance! Still not convinced? But it sounds so awesome! Fine, I'll tell you a little bit more about it.
The one thing that I can't live without is a strong female character. Luckily, June is my everything. She's tough, brilliant, ruthless, and focused. She might even be a little bit difficult to love sometimes. But I love her, flaws and all. Then there's Day. I could sit here all day and tell you why I love him as a character but all I'm going to say is this: Day's journey is beautiful and tragic. There's no other way to describe it. I think you'll have a hard time not falling in love with them.
If you're concerned about the age of the main characters, don't be! That's one of the reasons I didn't read this series sooner and I regret it terribly. They are not immature or annoying in any way. If anything, both of them are so mature that you'll even forget that they are only fifteen.
If amazing characters are not enough for you, how about this: You won't see anything coming. Honestly. The story takes the most unexpected turns and the most brutally painful twists you'll ever read. Period.
Another aspect that I really like is how the romance doesn't overpower the story. If anything, the relationship between Day and June takes a backseat. Yes, it is one of those complicated relationships that we all love to hate. I can't even tell you how many times they broke my heart. I do hope that you'll allow them to break yours, too!
Just know this:
You WILL cry. I'm sure of it. If not during Legend (which I did), and if not during Prodigy (which I also did), then definitely as you read Champion. I love a lot of series and I had a difficult time choosing my all time favorite. However, none of them made me cry the way I did during the final book in this series. Not even Allegiant. It wasn't a pretty cry either. It was more of an ugly why-did-you-do-this-to-my-heart-it-hurts-so-much kind of crying. You've been warned.
If you're ready to experience the awesomeness that is the Legend series but don't own the first book, you might be in luck!
Giveaway: One (1) Paperback Copy of Legend by Marie Lu (US Only)
Note: The use of Matt Smith's face was intentional. Who can say no to that face? NO ONE.