By Marie Lu
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2011. 305 pgs. Young Adult
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.
This was a great book! It's one of my favorite dystopian books to come out of the last few years. The story was engrossing and easily kept me reading late into the night. I wish there had been a little more depth in the story, but on the other hand it kept the plot moving quickly. This appears to be the beginning of a series as there are quite a few things left open at the end, and I am eagerly looking forward to the next installment. You won't find much here that is new to the growing dystopian genre, but this book is among the top in that group.