Review by: dancingonrain.
June and Day’s journey continues in Marie Lu’s second book in the Legend Trilogy. They have been on the run ever since the conclusion of the first book. Day is presumed dead by the public and June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate, these two seek help from the Patriots, a rebel group determined to crush the Republic. In return for their help, Day and June agree to assist in the Patriot’s assassination of the new Elector Primo, but when new information is brought to light, Day and June must make a decision that will affect the future events to come.
I really enjoyed how this book continued to delve into the characters’ emotions and make them seem like actual people and not just some emotionless first person point of view book. June and Day have both dealt with trauma over recent events (Day more than June) and they both have to deal with it in their own way.
June and Day did argue a little more during this book than the previous book, which I thought made the characters all the more realistic. How many book couples now-a-days have arguments and I mean actual, full-blown-out arguments, especially in the young adult genre? Not a lot. I’ve read a lot of “oh they’re just so perfect for one another that they never ever even fight.” While I suppose there could be people like that out there, I doubt that it’s many people and it makes the characters and story not as relatable. When June and Day fight, you know what each one of them is thinking and what their motivation is behind it. A few scenes prior to one of their fights, we see Tess, Day’s childhood friend, planting some ideas in his head that June is going to betray them and choose to go back to the Republic. Later, when he reunites with June, she’s siding with the Elector Primo and doesn’t want to go through with the assassination attempt anymore. She has her logical reasons, but Day refuses to listen because everything that Tess had told Day, but he had refused to listen to her comes back to him and the argument ensues.
One problem I had (and I had this problem in the first book too) was that June and Day are the two main point of view protagonists and both of their viewpoints are in first person. Even though June’s point of view is in black and Day’s view is in a different color, occasionally I still got the two point of views mixed up. I was able to quickly figure it out if I just read a little further, but that was one of the downfalls for me.
Overall, I thought this book was well done and probably one of the best young adult trilogies I have read in a while and would recommend it to anyone who is interested.