Legend by Marie Lu
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Part of me really wanted to give this a four-star review, but as much as I liked Day and June, the plot just seemed like such a mash-up of Divergent and Incarceron that I just couldn't. That said, I can see this being a huge hit with readers come November (when it's published).
This time we're in a dystopian/post-some type of apocalypse Los Angeles. Day is a rebel of sorts - not allied to the Patriots, just causing trouble all on his own. He's paired up with Tess, another loser/outcast, trying not to get caught and to keep watch on his family (who think he's dead). When they get infected with the recent plague, he desperately tries to get the cure vaccine to help them. June, on the other hand, is a pampered member of the elite, the only perfect score on the Trial. When her brother dies she's immediately graduated from her college training and made a part of the cadre hunting her brother's killer. Of course June and Day cross paths, and of course they have an effect on each other... to say more would be a huge spoiler. However, the usual tropes of this genre are there: government misleading the population about their history and what's "out there", manipulation of testing and lives, and star-crossed lovers.
ARC provided by publisher.