Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

One of the Best Reads of the Year

Legend by Marie Lu

'Dystopian'/Futuristic Thriller

This novel is set in a dystopian future where the United States is divided into two warring nations--the Republic of the west, and the Colonies of the east.  Fifteen year-old Day has grown up in the Republic.  Born into the slums and desperately poor, Day is a futuristic Robin Hood, stealing from the 'haves' and giving to the 'have-nots'.  He's always circling his family and very protective of them, even though he is constantly on the run and living on the streets.  With him is a protegee, a young girl he saved and who now idolizes him.

June is a true modern-day princess of the Republic.  Trained as a warrior, she has been working towards the Republic Army her entire life.  She finally achieved her goal and is rated #1 in the entire Republic for her fierce skills and intellect.  June's world comes crashing down when her beloved brother and sole remaining family member is murdered.....by Day.

June decides to go undercover to capture Day.  But, the boy she finds is not the cold-hearted killer she expected.  Soon, she's questioning her motives, her history, even her very way of life.

I was addicted to this book as soon as I started it.  Amazing from start to finish!  It is a book that will make you forget everything else around you--food, sleep, family!  It is a more militaristic 'Hunger Games' type book.  I loved the duality of the story.  The color and fonts of the alternating chapters by June and Day kept pulling me in and I just couldn't put it down until I read one more chapter...then one more...just one more!  The characters are so real they practically leap off the page and the reader gets taken along for the ride, unable or unwilling to stop.

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