Legend by Maire Lu
My name is Jasmine. I love ski racing, snow/winter, and many other fun things.
In futuristic LA, the city is part of the Republic. It is a totalitarian state, meaning that the government controls everyone’s public and private lives. From the moment one is born, they are strictly monitored and forced into the republic lifestyle. Everyone must take a test called “the trial” as a teenager to determine what job and ranking they will have.
The republic was practically unbeatable, except for one teen named Day, the most wanted criminal, and a legend to the people. When he failed the trial he turned to blowing up military aircraft, vandalizing public buildings, and staging bank robberies. June, on the other hand, is a prodigy and the only known person to have achieved perfection during the trials.
When June’s elder brother dies, Day is rumored to have killed him while performing another one of his famous scandals. The Republic sends June on her first solo mission to find Day and capture him. Although it seems impossible to find Day, June is determined to seek revenge. The problem is that no one knows what Day looks like.
As June starts her mission she meets a beautiful boy from the streets, and sparks start to fly between the two of them, though she never really catches his name. Later, she figures out who it is, and is forced to make the choice between love and her mission. Overall, I loved how the story was told by both June and Day, for it gives it so much more depth.