Format: Available for hardcover, paperback, ebook
Series: book 2 of 3 for Legend Trilogy
Rated: 13+ for some graphic scenes
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
The book starts off right where the last book left off as June and Day are on the run from the Republic. The world things that Day has been executed, but the Republic knows he’s not.
Day is still hurt from his escape and they do something drastic and look for the help of the Patriots. In order to get their help, they have to help them with a plan to take out the new elector, Anden.
June returns to the Republic to earn Anden’s trust, but in doing that she learns that he is not like his father and wants to unite the country again. Day, meanwhile, watches as June grows closer to Anden and there is nothing that he can do about it.
When it comes time for the assassination, June makes a decision that has a domino effect that affects everyone involved and forces June and Day back into hiding.
Day gets angry with June for how she handled herself with Anden (and some residual anger from what happened with his brother and mother). He does soften after some time, realizing that she didn’t mean anything to happen to them.
As the rest of the book unfolds, secrets get revealed and June and Day finally pledge their allegiance to a party. They work towards making United States unite once again, but when one of them finds out something tragic, it forces them to make a decision that hurts both of them.
The book is a little bit slower than the first book. The first book had a lot more drama and action and this one was more of a set up for 3rd book (at least that’s what I’m hoping).
I did enjoy reading about the Patriot side of the war. In the first book, we really only got to see how the Republic viewed the war and got their opinions but we didn’t really understand the Patriots motives. This war is no different than any other. Each side has a good reason to do what they do and they both think they are justified in their actions.
In this book, we got the beginning of a love triangle between June, Day, and Anden. I am really not a fan of love triangles because they are overdone and it really bothers me when studios try and force a love triangle into a book adaptation when there isn’t one (i.e. Harry Potter). And this one is not really any different then we’ve seen. June grows close to after spending a lot of time with him, but it just bothers me that it is in there. I probably would have liked it better if there wasn’t anything going on but Day THOUGHT there was. Then it would at least something different.
The only thing that makes it somewhat different is Tess. Tess likes Day and gets angry with him for letting June hurt him. I do feel bad for her because it’s obvious that she cares for Day, but I know it’s a lost cause because he’s in love with June.
I did not like the ending at all, but that’s a good thing. There was a very big twist at the end that leads to me literally getting mad at the book. I am a sucker for happy endings and I really wanted one in this case, but I don’t see how that’s going to happen.
Overall, it was ok, kind of a let down from the 1st book. It was still enjoyable to read, definitely better than the Matched series, but it still doesn’t match up against The Hunger Games or Divergent. It’s going to take a solid book 3 to help this book into those standards but if it falls short, I still don’t regret reading it. It just won’t be a series I read multiple times.
Recommendations: The Hunger Games trilogy, Divergent trilogy, Enclave trilogy