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Author: Marie Lu
Year Published: 2011
Synopsis: 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.
Why?: I don't know why it has taken me so long to read this. I have heard great things about it from many different people. I'm a big YA Dystopia fan, so that enough is a good reason to read this. I've also heard there's some great diversity in this novel, but I don't know the details.
Expectations: I'm expecting a great Dystopian YA. I haven't seen many spoilers so I don't know what to expect other than two characters meeting by chance in a dystopian future.
Judging a book by its cover: I like simple covers, and this definitely is that. I like the reflection of the metal. It seems very militaristic. I have picked up this book on the shelves to check it out based on the cover.