I find the dystopian fiction genre very fascinating. Unfortunately, it's find one in the genre that isn't so chock full of violence that it becomes unentertaining. So I found "Legend" to be a very refreshing read. There is some violence, but nothing on the level of many of the other dystopian fiction novels out there.
Despite the not-so-moral Republic, the characters in "Legend" are brave, loyal, willing to sacrifice for others, and aren't afraid to stand up for what's right.
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
Switching between the point-of-view of Daniel (Day) and June, we see both sides of the story. Day is willing to do anything for his family. However, he doesn't kill. He steals and runs from the Republic, but he doesn't kill anyone. He's strongly against the Republic, and he's had some pretty nasty things done to him, but he isn't bitter or spiteful. June is determined to bring Day to justice for what she thinks he did to her brother. She's a strong, smart girl, willing to fight, but she still has a soft, caring side. She doesn't want to see innocent people get hurt. Day's friend, Tess, is sweet and caring and you instantly like her. John, Day's brother, is willing to do anything for his family--even if it means he gets hurt. Metias, June's brother who is killed, despite working for the Republic, is a brave, caring person who would do anything for June. We also see the stereotypical bad-guys, the cold, uncaring Commander Jameson and Thomas, whose biggest joy in life seems to be hurting others.
Metias is murdered "off-camera"; we don't see the murder but we are told about it later. There is some brief torture in "Legend". Day is frequently wounded, but rarely described in graphic detail. June is stuck competing and a fight and is wounded, although she defeats her opponent. Several characters die.
A few kisses.
Language is very mild.
Day and June both go into a bar on separate occasions, although neither drink anything but water. Later, though, both drink wine.
I would definitely recommend "Legend". It may not be the most thought-provoking dystopian fiction I've read, but it was still an entertaining read. The novel had good role models and was hard to put down. Looking forward to reading the sequel, "Prodigy".