Hi people! If you think I’m a reviewing legend, you’re wrong. It’s the title of a book you have now definitely heard of. I have been useless at posting this week, so you’ll have to deal with it, btw. After all, blogging isn’t the only thing in my life (more on that later this week, hopefully). Anyway, here’s a review for the first book in a dystopian series that I liked (warning: the ending of the last book will break you)
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA Dystopia
Themes: Friendship, poverty, rebellion, military, boys with blonde hair who call themselves weird names because Daniel is too mainstream.
Brief Summary: Day is the Republic’s most wanted criminal. He’s trying to fight for justice and care for his family while living on the streets. June is a prodigy—the only person ever to score 1500 on her Trial. But when Day kills June’s brother, she decides to hunt for him. Things gets dramatic.
I’ll admit I avoided this book because I thought it was fantasy. Then I found out it was dystopia, and I was like ‘IIIII WANT’.
I loved the characters and alternating perspectives. June had always dreamed of serving the republic. Over the course of the novel, you can see her change as she becomes less sure. And I loved her relationship with her brother. I wish we got to see more of it. Like June, Day is also rather morally grey, because he does ‘bad’ things for good reasons. Tess, Day’s sidekick, was AWESOME and I wanted to see more of her, and Commander jameson (June’s terrifying commander), Thomas (June’s brother’s friend), and Kaede (a street fighter whose name I have no clue how to pronounce).
I also liked Legend’s setting. It was probably my favourite element. There was a stark contrast between the ‘rich’ sectors, which had electricity, food, and luxury, Batalla (the police/military headquarters ), and the Lake Sector (a section of the city which is poor and run down. Day is from here.) It was in a dystopian L.A, I think, and I found the level of technology as well as the scenario—an American Republic, colonies that they fight, and Patriots who want to unite the two) realistic, unlike a lot of other dystopias. Without infodumping, I felt a good sense of what the city was like.
My biggest problem was the plot. There was a lot going on—a hunt for Day, some romance, a plague, an escape—and it felt really rushed, especially at the end. I feel like either some exciting element should have been removed or the book could have been longer (it wasn’t THAT long – and I wanted to know more). I liked the action and excitement and kajillion things going on at once—but I just got lost and confused and overexcited.
I also felt like there was not a lot of uniqueness in the dystopia. I guess and American Republic fighting Colonies was new, but the lying government-not sure who to trust-test that determines your life didn’t feel that surprising.
Still, I’d recommend this to people who like dystopias, action, romance in small doses, and being confused. (Note: you will not be confused if you read the other books. Probably)
Have you read this? What is your favourite level of romance (high, medium, low)? Do you feel like there are too many rich girl-poor boy (or vice versa) stories? How do you feel about rebellion(ish) stories?