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Dystopian future with political intrigue, mystery, and romance
Reviewed in the United States on December 15, 2018
I guess you would call this series science fiction. It seemed to me like primarily a political thriller in many ways, with a touch of romance and more than a touch of mystery.
The setting of Legend is a world sometime in the future. Massive flooding and other disasters have occurred worldwide (in the second book of the series it is mentioned that the polar ice cap over Antarctica has melted, and I assume this means the north polar ice cap has also melted). Large parts of most of our current continents are underwater leaving the population of the earth squeezed into much smaller landmasses. A hundred or so years after this process began, the world’s population does not appear to be any smaller than the current population despite nearly frantic measures to kill off incredibly large numbers of people.
Due to the shrunken land area, the former United States split into two countries when the people in the western states rose up to seal their borders against people trying to move there from the east where the flooding was much worse. So now there is The Republic of America, which consists of mostly the western part of the former United States and still has more or less recognizable states (although there is now only one Dakota), and another country they refer to as the Colonies, which is what is left of the eastern United States. The two countries are at war and have been so for so long that the younger people don’t even remember that they were once part of the same country.
Legend is almost exclusively concerned with the Republic, and nearly all of its action takes place on Los Angeles. Everything else is just background. But it is kind of a looming, hulking background. The government of the Republic is absolutely rife with unsavory secrets that they are keeping from their own people.
As in all countries everywhere, past, present or future, real or imagined, society is divided into two groups – the rich and powerful, and everybody else. June Iparis is from the rich and powerful segment of society. Daniel Altan Wing, commonly known as Day, is from the poor sectors of town. Since being left for dead after experiments in a government facility, Day has been living as a thief and something of a terrorist on the outskirts of society.
Then one day the need to get plague medicine for his brother forces Day to attempt a robbery in the government’s main research hospital. Soldiers attempt to stop him, and, in self-defense, Day throws a knife at June’s brother, hitting him in the shoulder. But when June is summoned to the scene, she finds her brother dead. Her brother’s commanding officer pulls her out of school early and assigns her to a place in the squad her brother had been commanding. Her first assignment is to capture Day.