by Marie Lu
November 29, 2011: Putnam Juvenile
"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."
I love this book! I don't know why I waited months before I read this. I think after Divergent, this book comes next to my favorite list.
The characters of June and Day are cleverly written. June is The Republic's prodigy, while Day is considered the city's most wanted. They are both strong, smart, and the perfect match for any given battle. The circumstances that led to their meeting turns out to be a conspiracy but you can see it also as fate. They unwittingly saved each other and will start the shake-up that the Republic needs to brace itself for.
I felt June's grief when her brother died and understood her when she came after Day, believing he is the murderer. I love her character because she might be smart and skillful, but she still has the heart to know the difference between right and good.
Day's character seems to be straightforward at first, but then you realized that it's also complicated. He knows firsthand how deceptive The Republic really is. He might be considered a criminal but he was a victim first. It's interesting how similar the city's most wanted is to the city's prodigy.
I really recommend this book if you're into dystopian readings, or just love reading action-filled story with an unlikely love story to match. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book, Prodigy!