A bad boy, a good girl, and one adorable sidekick star in this action-packed dystopian thrill ride.
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.
“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”
I’m a little late to read this book, I know. 3 years a little late. This book was interesting. I’m definitely a fan of dystopian, so I really expected to like this book, and I was right. It took me a little bit to get into,(Insert joke about how this book came out 3 years ago) about 50-75 pages in.
What I liked about this book was the characters, specifically Day and June. Something that I thought was interesting about this book was that usually, heroines in YA Novels always start out as these timid, shy creatures who gradually turn into these kick-butt action type heroes, but not June. You knew immediately that June was serious. She’s not delicate. She started out as the kick-ass action hero and transformed into a more gentle person, but not too gentle. She develops a soft spot for Day’s best friend, Tess. I thought that Tess was so cute, and I wish that I had somebody like Tess in my life, for sure. Day is a criminal, and not just any criminal, only the biggest, most notorious and most wanted in the entire republic. He really gets a bad rap. When you here “criminal” you think that this must be a bad person, but that’s the thing, Day may give off this tough, dangerous vibe, but he’s only protecting his family. This book also had something that is really hard to pull off nowadays because it seems so overused, which is the terrible, secretive government card. Marie Lu really did this well. You didn’t really know what was going on with the government until the end, where all the other big revelations are. The plot twist at the end is really great as well.
“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.”
I really liked this book. I will probably be recommending this book, you guys should definitely read it! It was awesome. Marie Lu did a great job with this book and I will hopefully read the other books in the series. I hope you pick it up!