“This was a sequel that lived up to the excitement of the first novel in the series. That first novel was called "Legend" and was set in a not-so-distant future where ecological flooding caused massive loss of land along the East coast of the United States. As people rushed west for safety, civil war broke out due to fears of shortages of supplies. Day and June are two residents from out west, which is now called the Republic, a dictatorial state that would not be all that different from the closed society of North Korea.
You would think they would have a lot in common, except that June's family was part of the rich elite who ran the country. June and her older brother were highly trained members of the military, which is what brought June and Day together. Day has become sort of an underground, revolutionary hero as he fights to rescue his brother Eden and protect his adoptive cousin after his parents have both been killed by Republic agents.
June and Day find themselves thrown together as enemies of the Republic as June learns more about the death of her bother. Originally, Day was accused of murdering him, but it turns out that June's brother was killed for being a traitor. Out of a sense of dedication to justice, June feels she must help Day escape from approaching execution, which sets them on a journey to get help from the Patriots, the revolutionary underground that is allegedly being supported by the Colonies that were formerly the Eastern states of America.
I have found Day and June to be really interesting characters and quite realistic, though I do find the romantic elements that run between them to be a bit distracting. It is logical, when considering so many action stories like this, but I would rather them focus on the adventure than their falling in and out of love as the story progresses.
This series is really enjoyable and would hold its own with fans of "The Hunger Games."”