Saturday, March 17, 2012

Is Day the next Jace?

Have you read Legend, by Marie Lu? It's her first book, and there are sequels (two) planned. She's a very young author (27), but since she's been writing since the age of 14 (trying to emulate the success of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, who was published at age 15), she feels success was awhile coming!

The book takes place in a future Los Angeles; the United States has split into two warring countries, and L.A. is part of the Republic, a country dominated by its military in its battle to overcome the Colonies. One of the two main characters is Day, a kid from the slums who, after failing the Trials (Lu describes them as the SATs on steroids), escapes back into his neighborhood (those who fail the Trials are supposed to be sent to labor camps) and becomes a fugitive and (according to the government) a terrorist. The other is June, a child prodigy (she passed the Trials with a perfect score of 1500) who is being groomed by the military for its upper echelons.

Ordinarily, there would be no reason for these two 15-year-olds to cross paths; but in the course of breaking into a hospital to score some scarce and precious drugs for his sick family, Day encounters June's older brother, Metias, an officer sent to investigate the break-in, and kills him (or did he?), and June's commanding officer sends her undercover out into the city to find and trap Day.

I won't tell you any more than that, but Day's presence and persona reminded me in its glamor and pathos of Jace from City of Bones (although Day has to operate without supernatural powers!), and the connection between the characters is intense, especially when they find themselves unexpectedly on the same side.

The sequel is due out in September, and the book has also been optioned by CBS Films; producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen (who produced Twilight) are attached to the project.

Here's a great story about the day Lu found out her book would be published, followed by an exerpt from the book:
http://www.thestorysiren.com/2011/11/blog-tour-legend-by-marie-lu-giveaway.html