Author: Marie Lu
Summary From Goodreads:
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.
Oh my goodness! I loved it. And for once, I did not hate the female lead. This is a pretty rare occurrence for me since I usually find that female leads are ridiculously stupid in the authors attempt to make them the perfect feminist character.
I liked the world that Marie Lu created for this series. It isn’t uncommon to have a dystopian novel set in the former United States, so that was nothing new. But to have parts of the former United States fighting with other parts of the former United States was rather interesting. Like when they mentioned a rebel colony in Madison, North Dakota, whereas this novel was taking place in Los Angeles, California. To not have the names changed to weird things was rather nice. Plus it helped me to mentally picture where everything was suppose to be taking place.
The characters were also likable. They were nice, yet still edgy. They had their flaws, but they weren’t too annoying. They tried to always do the right thing, even when that was difficult. June made some mistakes along the way, but when she realized what she had done, she tried to correct her ways while she could. She didn’t close her eyes to everything happening around her just because the reality was too difficult to deal with. And then there was John. I love John. Being an oldest sibling, I understand the powerful desire and drive to do everything in your power to protect your younger siblings. I have three younger sisters and I can tell you, there isn’t a line I wouldn’t cross in order to keep them safe. This is something that I sometimes thinking about when I watch them (sometimes even creeper style while they are sleeping). “How far would I go to protect you?” And as I watching them sleeping or chatting or laughing or fighting, I know the answer. I would do anything. So I get John. And I love him for being him.
Anyway, back on track. This novel isn’t so different than many other dystopians in that it is good vs evil. The poor and oppressed vs the government. But I still like watching the battle between the two sides take place. And maybe in the next book, we will find out more about the colonies. Are they good or are they evil? I cannot wait to start Prodigy!