352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.86 in
April 16, 2013
Penguin Young Readers Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 014242207X
ISBN - 13: 9780142422076
Read from the Book
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIAREPUBLIC OF AMERICAPOPULATION: 20,174,282PART ONETHE BOYWHO WALKS IN THE LIGHTMY MOTHER THINKS I’M DEAD.Obviously I’m not dead, but it’s safer for her to think so.At least twice a month, I see my Wanted poster flashed on the JumboTrons scattered throughout downtown Los Angeles. It looks out of place up there. Most of the pictures on the screens are of happy things: smiling children standing under a bright blue sky, tourists posing before the Golden Gate Ruins, Republic commercials in neon colors. There’s also anti-Colonies propaganda. “The Colonies want our land,” the ads declare. “They want what they don’t have. Don’t let them conquer your homes! Support the cause!”Then there’s my criminal report. It lights up the JumboTrons in all its multicolored glory:WANTED BY THE REPUBLICFILE NO: 462178-3233 “DAY”-------------------------------------WANTED FOR ASSAULT, ARSON, THEFT, DESTRUCTION OF MILITARY PROPERTY, AND HINDERING THE WAR EFFORT 200,000 REPUBLIC NOTES FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO ARRESTThey always have a different photo running alongside the report. One time it was a boy with glasses and a head full of thick copper curls. Another time it was a boy with black eyes and no hair at all. Sometimes I’m black, sometimes white, sometimes olive or brown or yellow or red or whatever else they can think of.In other words, the Republic has no idea what I look like. They don’t seem to know much of anything about me, except that I’m young and that when they run my
From the Publisher
"Legend doesn't merely survive the hype, it deserves it."
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Young Elites
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.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu (www.marielu.org) graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one boyfriend, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.
Praise for Marie Lu’s New York Times bestseller LEGEND: From USA TODAY:"Marie Lu's dystopian novel is a Legend in the making." From ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY:“Fine writing and excellent execution. Sequel, please!” From THE NEW YORK TIMES:“Legend doesn’t merely survive the hype, it deserves it.” From USA TODAY:“Marie Lu’s dystopian novel is a ‘Legend’ in the making.” From THE LOS ANGELES TIMES:“an action-packed love story full of inventive details.” STARRED REVIEW from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:“Lu’s debut is a stunner. . . raises hopes high for the sequels to come. ” STARRED REVIEW from KIRKUS REVIEWS: “A gripping thriller in dystopic future Los Angeles. This is no didactic near-future warning of present evils, but a cinematic adventure featuring endearing, compelling heroes.” STARRED REVIEW from BOOKLIST: “[D]elicious details keep pages turning . . . you’ve got the makings for a potent sequel.” STARRED REVIEW from VOYA: “A fast-paced blend of action and science fiction (with only a hint of potential romance) means that this one will likely appeal to male and female readers alike. Debut author Lu has managed a great feat—emulating a highly successful young adult series while staying true to her own voice. Legend will give Hunger Games fans something worthwhile to read.” STARRED REVIEW from LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION: “This book stands out . . .” FROM KAMI GARCIA, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures trilogy“A romantic thriller set in a post-apocalyptic wo