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.
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"Starred Review. First in a series, this story is utterly satisfying in its own right and raises hopes high for the sequels to come. Ages 12 and up." - Publishers Weekly
"Starred Review. [E]ven with all the hordes of dystopian novels out there, this one still manages to keep readers on the edge of their seats. But even the nonstop action would mean little without Lu's well-toned ability to write characters to care about." - Booklist
"The characters are likable, the plot moves at a good pace, and the adventure is solid." - School Library Journal
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Marie Lu was born in 1984, in China. She left Beijing for the States in 1989 and went to college at the University of Southern California.
Lu is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Legend and Prodigy. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin's Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She currently lives in Los Angeles (see above: traffic) with her fiancé, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
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