I thought the first legend was a pleasant surprise, but just fell apart a little bit in the third act. But did it make me pumped for the sequel? In eery category possible, yes. I love how tricky June and Day's relationship becomes. I'm not going to spoil whom, but both person is responsible for the death of a loved one from the other and they both have sacrificed so much for one another. Now June and Day decide to join the Patriots, a group working for the colonies and inside the Republic. Among them are their old friends, slugger punk girl Kaede and Day's loyal little "cousin" Tess. Still in war against the Republic, the Patriots decide that June and Day are the perfect way to start a revolution. For starters, some think Day's dead. Second of all, June was already famous and is now infamous but the Republic still worships her, and who knows? Maybe she's still on the Republic's side. Of course, she loves Day, but living with the Republic all your life can make something seem like a family. I think I'm starting to like people taking time and going things through in books. Both June and Day have so much going on inside your head, you can't not be intrigued. Anyway, the Patriots feel that assassinating the Elector is the best way to start a revolution; by defeating the belly in the beast, especially now that the old Elector has died and his son Anden has replaced him, plus a lot of the Republic is in too much hatred to really pay Anden any respect. Day, the criminal who never murdered, is now excited for his demise, but June says a little different because they met face to face in the last instalment.
There's also a minor…well, actually, humungous love relationship between June and Tess for Day, at least Tess is making it so. I haven't found love relationships a bad thing in books generally, but maybe that's only because I've put Wild Geese behind me and I haven't read Twilight. I was a little close to pointing out that the relationship goes a little too far during a few parts of the book until the tense moments ended on a calm note. Basically, everything in this book was perfectly timed. June, Day, and Marie Lu there me everywhere. Nothing in this book was predictable in any way; I can almost call it a mystery novel. Or, I guess I can, and if so, this may be the mystery novel I've been searching for. I can't remember the last time a book made me so mixed up in a mystery about telling the truth or lying, including a moment that involves a lie detector test that goes smooth but makes the reader, and June herself, question whether she's still with the enemy and if the Republic really is the enemy. Basically, I could go on about how this book is so addicting. It makes the first book seem like a prelude and I really enjoyed the last book. I never thought love relationships could be as gripping and heartbreaking as this.
I haven't found a perfect book yet, I don't think, but damn, this book might be the one. Like MV: Rise of the Elgen, my heart was thumping hard on every page, and I can't give higher praise than that.