Sunday was the last day of Comic Con. My sister and I started the day at a BookCon @ NYCC panel, "Diversity, Class Systems, and Equality in Fantasy." (The panelists were Jennifer Jenkins, Marie Lu, Daniel Jose Older, Lara Elena Donnelly, and Laurent Linn. Ali Kokmen of Barnes & Noble moderated.) We arrived about an hour early, so to help pass the time she gave me one of the books she had brought along to be signed. It was Legend by Marie Lu, and I enjoyed it so much that I finished it by the next morning.
Legend is approximately five years old. It's the first of a trilogy, and the sequels, Prodigy and Champion, have already been released. (I plan on reading them, of course.) I haven't read many dystopias, but I'm familiar with some of the big ones. I found it preferable to Divergent, which I disliked, but I enjoyed the characterization and development more in The Hunger Games.
The main characters, Day and June, are quite alike, even though they come from very different backgrounds. For now, I'm going to chalk that up to what they have in common. (You'll have to read the book to find out what that is.) I'm curious to learn what brought on current events in the novel, and what the world is like outside of Los Angeles. I'm also itching to learn more about the Trials. My sister is reading Prodigy now, and I'll be borrowing it from her when I get the chance.
Before I go, I also want to take the time to thank Marie Lu. Since I finished Legend, I've read another book and gotten more than halfway through a third. I haven't read this much in a very long time, and I'm hoping this is the beginning of a good thing.