#1: Point of View:
A certain book (that I won’t call out) recently caught flak for the way it had alternating narrators but was lacking in differences between the two voices. Legend is not like that at all! Sure, each chapter names the narrator and there are visual differences, but there are strong differences in characters to the point that I would know who is narrating even if the chapter heading did not tell me.
I’m almost tired of dystopian novels, but this is quickly redeeming the genre for me. The world is harsh and the reader can sense the excitement and danger.
All this said, I’m already recommending Legend to others even though I’m not yet done with the novel. Here’s the summary if anyone hasn’t heard of it:
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.