This series is one of my favorite series of all time (probably in the top 5). Though it’s short, its not light, its a read that will stay with you for a long, long time. I really enjoyed it because of the plot and the characters. HERES THE INFO: This book got a 4.15, and the summary:
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.
So this book starts out with Day. We meet day first and we very quickly find out that he is a fugitive and a wanted criminal. We find out that there is a plague circulating around and Day’s family has been infected. We also meet Tess, Days friend who runs with him in the streets, whom he saved from dying when she was younger. I liked reading about day first because it made us not be biased for the rest of the book. I think if i had read from Junes point of view first I would have thought that Day had murdered Metias, but then when I saw how much he cared about human life and how much he cared about his family, I knew that it wasn’t him. Then we meet June. June at the beginning of the book is a really big snob. She’s cocky and arrogant because she knows that she is not expendable. She is the only person in the entire Republic of America who has ever received a perfect score on her test and she knows it. She walks around knowing that she can never get in trouble for anything because there is no one else like her. This annoyed me a little, but I got used to it when we saw the family side of her, and heard her backstory, so we see that there is more to her than just some, smart perfectly cocky teenager. I like Metias because he doesn’t seem like a brother figure and more like a father figure. I like how that is one way that Marie Lu was able to have them be orphans but still have some strong stable figure for June to rely on.
Now we get to the start of the riveting plot. Because Days family is infected with the plague, he goes and robs the hospital for the cure. The police chase him down and he gets stabbed but he makes it away without the cure because the hospital has run out. So Day just runs away trying not to be caught. Then we jump back to June, who is at home remembering how Metias was like her father figure, and she’s just about to leave the house when she runs into Thomas, who is a colleague and a close friend of Metias, and he tells her that Metias is dead, that he was killed in the hospital when Day invaded it. He tells her that Day was the one who killed her brother, and even though its been Junes dream to hunt down and capture Day once she joins the military, now she is even more determined. She will stop at nothing to get him. Then we go back to Day, who is recovering from his wounds from the hospital raid. Tess tells him that he has been unconscious for two days and that they need to run quickly because the government is looking for them by sending out people who are “offering” plague cures because they know that that is what Day was after. It was actually June who was sending the people to “offer” plague cures because she is smart and knows that that will attract Day into her little trap. Day agrees to meet with her one on one, because June has agreed to give him the cure. She is in disguise though, but it doesn’t work on Day, because he notices that she has tied her cloak in a way that only government people tie their cloaks, so he runs away, without the cure. Now June is more determined than ever. So she goes undercover as a street rat to go and find Day, who she suspects is in the lower sectors of society. She finds him, even though she doesn’t automatically know that its him. She thinks she’s just found a good looking boy who is a street rat and homeless. But Day is also skeptical, he doesn’t know who this girl is. Though they are both really attracted to each other, and even though, June finds out that he’s Day, she doesn’t flee, or arrest him right away because she’s fallen for him. And he for her too. But June is too loyal to the Republic not to say anything, so one day when Day has gone to “visit” his family, June calls Thomas and tells him about Day, then the government goes to Days house and lines up his family to shoot them and threaten Day. When Day starts attacking everyone violently, Thomas shoots Days mother in the head, and Day gets even more furious, then someone shoots him in the leg so he cant move, and they capture him. Then there is a while where Day has this deep hatred for June because of what she has done, and there is an execution scheduled for him. June continues to visit Day and continuously asks him if he killed Metias, when he always responds that he didn’t she wants to believe him, because deep down she still has feelings for him. like before when she didn’t know he was Day. Then she finds a website that her brother left her, in order to tell her about what was really going on in the country, and what really happens to the people who fail their tests. That is when she decides to help Day escape the prison, and his execution. But when Thomas tells June that Days execution was going to be sooner than expected, her plan is jeopardized. But they make it out, she helps Day escape and the book ends with them on a train escaping the city.
I really loved this book because of the plot twists, the suspense, the characters, the chemistry, Everything about this book pulled me in and I just couldn’t stop reading it. I also really loved the second book. And i will be doing a review on it soon.