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Respect the Legend. Idolize the Prodigy. Celebrate the Champion. But never underestimate the Rebel. With unmatched suspense and her signature cinematic storytelling, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Marie Lu plunges readers back into the unforgettable world of Legend for a truly grand finale. Eden Wing has been living in his brother’s shadow for years. Even Respect the Legend. Idolize the Prodigy. Celebrate the Champion. But never underestimate the Rebel. With unmatched suspense and her signature cinematic storytelling, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Marie Lu plunges readers back into the unforgettable world of Legend for a truly grand finale. Eden Wing has been living in his brother’s shadow for years. Even though he’s a top student at his academy in Ross City, Antarctica, and a brilliant inventor, most people know him only as Daniel Wing’s little brother. A decade ago, Daniel was known as Day, the boy from the streets who led a revolution that saved the Republic of America. But Day is no longer the same young man who was once a national hero. These days he’d rather hide out from the world and leave his past behind. All that matters to him now is keeping Eden safe―even if that also means giving up June, the great love of Daniel’s life. As the two brothers struggle to accept who they’ve each become since their time in the Republic, a new danger creeps into the distance that’s grown between them. Eden soon finds himself drawn so far into Ross City’s dark side, even his legendary brother can’t save him. At least not on his own . . .


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Respect the Legend. Idolize the Prodigy. Celebrate the Champion. But never underestimate the Rebel. With unmatched suspense and her signature cinematic storytelling, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Marie Lu plunges readers back into the unforgettable world of Legend for a truly grand finale. Eden Wing has been living in his brother’s shadow for years. Even Respect the Legend. Idolize the Prodigy. Celebrate the Champion. But never underestimate the Rebel. With unmatched suspense and her signature cinematic storytelling, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Marie Lu plunges readers back into the unforgettable world of Legend for a truly grand finale. Eden Wing has been living in his brother’s shadow for years. Even though he’s a top student at his academy in Ross City, Antarctica, and a brilliant inventor, most people know him only as Daniel Wing’s little brother. A decade ago, Daniel was known as Day, the boy from the streets who led a revolution that saved the Republic of America. But Day is no longer the same young man who was once a national hero. These days he’d rather hide out from the world and leave his past behind. All that matters to him now is keeping Eden safe―even if that also means giving up June, the great love of Daniel’s life. As the two brothers struggle to accept who they’ve each become since their time in the Republic, a new danger creeps into the distance that’s grown between them. Eden soon finds himself drawn so far into Ross City’s dark side, even his legendary brother can’t save him. At least not on his own . . .

30 review for Rebel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    wake me up when October comes

  2. 4 out of 5

    may ➹

    will I admit that this was a mostly useless book? yes. but do I still love it because of the June/Day content? also yes. -------------------------------------- the cover was released and I only have one thing to say: how is Marie Lu finally getting the cover she deserves after EIGHT YEARS

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I AM NOT READY FOR THIS. MY HEART WAS SHATTERED IN MILLION PIECES WITH CHAMPION AND NOW... NOW, I AM CRYING. I need to re-read the trilogy the next year. It'll be hard and a ride full of emotions but I'll do it. I'm excited for this new book and the series. I've always had questions about what happened with June (my love) and Day after they reunited in Champion and I don't know how many answers I'll get from this book but I'll be reading this.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Monroe

    I have very mixed feelings about this. The trilogy ended on such a perfect note and now you want to drag my babies out of retirement?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    AHHHH!!! I'm getting emotional just thinking about this. Friendddds. Day. And June. And Eden. Their story isn't over. *cries ugly tears into my tea*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hamad

    Why is no one talking about this cover? While it does look good, why doesn't it match the other covers?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    This book was like a freaking gift! I loved how the Legend series ended, but I always wanted more, needed more, and I finally freaking got it! This one has perspectives from my boy, Daniel AKA Day, and his little bro, Eden. Eden was so young in the last one and I loved his character, so it was awesome to see how he turned out. He isn't like Daniel in a lot of ways, but he's brave like him! And he's so smart, too! I will say that the highlights for me were when June and Dani This book was like a freaking gift! I loved how the Legend series ended, but I always wanted more, needed more, and I finally freaking got it! This one has perspectives from my boy, Daniel AKA Day, and his little bro, Eden. Eden was so young in the last one and I loved his character, so it was awesome to see how he turned out. He isn't like Daniel in a lot of ways, but he's brave like him! And he's so smart, too! I will say that the highlights for me were when June and Daniel were together! Seriously, I needed those moments in my life! There was swoon, there was action-packed stuff, brotherly love. Also, the addition of Pressa was awesome! She and Eden made such a great team. Thank you, Marie Lu, for making my heart grow while reading this story!

  8. 4 out of 5

    ✨ jamieson ✨

    OMG I cannot believe we’re getting more Day and June my ass is shaking move over every other 2019 release queen Marie lu is coming

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    WHAT THE FUCK. I am on the floor and shaking.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mary S. R.

    [12 May 2019] Merlin's pants—would you look at that son of a biscuit of a cover! (yes a delicious biscuit covered in dark chocolate with blueberry jam on it, that's what I meant the cover is and nothing else 😏) If the cover were a woman and I were Kol Mikaelson: I'm now hyped where is October 1st I demand someone build a time machine right now 😐 • • • • • • • [4 Feb 2019] We have a blurb and a title! Eden Wing is a brilliant student. He’s about to graduate a year early from Ross Utitle!Eden2019]We•4😏)If[12 [12 May 2019] Merlin's pants—would you look at that son of a biscuit of a cover! (yes a delicious biscuit covered in dark chocolate with blueberry jam on it, that's what I meant the cover is and nothing else 😏) If the cover were a woman and I were Kol Mikaelson: I'm now hyped where is October 1st I demand someone build a time machine right now 😐 • • • • • • • [4 Feb 2019] We have a blurb and a title! Eden Wing is a brilliant student. He’s about to graduate a year early from Ross University of the Sciences, with honors, and already has an internship lined up back in the Republic. But most people don’t introduce Eden this way. Instead, they say, “This is Eden, Daniel Wing’s younger brother.” But Eden isn’t safe. As the two brothers struggle to accept who they’ve each become, they grow more distant from one another than they've ever been. Eden finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into Ross City’s dark side, until even his legendary brother can’t save him. At least not on his own. When June suddenly steps back into Day’s life, rekindling the flames of their romance, the pair team up to do whatever it takes to rescue Eden. But like the rest of the world, they may have underestimated Eden—what he’s capable of, where his loyalties lie, and how hard he’s willing to fight for what he believes. WHAT DO YOU MEAN ‘WHERE HIS TRUE LOYALTIES LIE!’ Our little Eden??? What mess is he gonna get himself into—or more accurately—what mess is he gonna cause?? 😏 With unmatched suspense and her signature cinematic storytelling, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu plunges readers back into the unforgettable world of Legend—for the most thrilling adventure yet. A truly grand finale. Well, it looks like this is gonna be the last book of the Legend series, this time for real 😂 Expected publication: October 2019 • • • • • • • [Initial review] WHAT. WHAT Yes! I knew she couldn't just leave it there!! There's still so much to be done in that world and I'm so glad she decided to do this! I almost wish she'd write at least a novella sequel to The Midnight Star, *sighs*...

  11. 4 out of 5

    julianna ➹

    edit 5/10/19 HOLY CRAP THIS COVER!!! --- HI THE TITLE JUST RELEASED AND I AM SHRIEKING IF MARIE LU DOESN'T GET THE COVER SHE DESERVES I SWEAR TO GOD (the real question here is, will this cover match the previous covers??)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic

    Can we just take a moment and appreciate this STUNNING cover? I'm deceased by its beauty. My day is made. ------------------------------- Title and blurb has been revealed!!!!! OMFG. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS. I'm excited for the cover. PLEASE LET IT BE BEAUTIFUL AF. ------------------------------- set 10 years after Champion??? THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PRAY TO BOOK GODS AND GODDESSES. GOD BLESS YOU MARIE LU. 😭🙌🏼👏🏼 I'M SOBBING

  13. 4 out of 5

    julia ♥

    That last chapter added about 20 years to my life. 600000/5

  14. 5 out of 5

    Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon

    RTC I hope Day and June didn't hurt their backs carrying this entire book. Update May 2019 We have a cover, and to be honest, I don't love it :( It's fine by itself, but it doesn't really match the rest of the series, it actually seems to match the original Legend cover better, here's my evidence; Edit February 2019 WE HAVE A TITLE AND IT IS OMINOUS! So now the series goes Legend, Prodigy, Champion, and Rebel. I wonder if this will connect thebook.Update RTC I hope Day and June didn't hurt their backs carrying this entire book. Update May 2019 We have a cover, and to be honest, I don't love it :( It's fine by itself, but it doesn't really match the rest of the series, it actually seems to match the original Legend cover better, here's my evidence; Edit February 2019 WE HAVE A TITLE AND IT IS OMINOUS! So now the series goes Legend, Prodigy, Champion, and Rebel. I wonder if this will connect the trilogy with Warcross since we're going deeper into Antarctica. I also wonder if the actual cover will have hexagons and\or purple. Prereview October 2018 I'M NOT FREAKING OUT JUST MY FAVORITE TRILOGY OF ALL TIME THAT GOT ME READING YA HAS BEEN RESURRECTED FROM THE DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lerizza Mae (books&teacups)

    We held our breaths when we read Legend, got at the edge of our seats when we read Prodigy, then our hearts were broken but got eventually repaired when we read Champion. Now prepare to do that all over again with Rebel. I read the first three books a few years after Champion was released. It was just a trilogy back then and I thought that it ended on a perfect note - an open but hopeful ending. So when Marie Lu announced that she's going to publish a fourth book I was a bit skeptical. I loved Day and June. And so We held our breaths when we read Legend, got at the edge of our seats when we read Prodigy, then our hearts were broken but got eventually repaired when we read Champion. Now prepare to do that all over again with Rebel. I read the first three books a few years after Champion was released. It was just a trilogy back then and I thought that it ended on a perfect note - an open but hopeful ending. So when Marie Lu announced that she's going to publish a fourth book I was a bit skeptical. I loved Day and June. And so many other characters. I loved the trilogy so I didn't want to ruin that if ever the final installment was not on par with the other books. A week before this book was published I had to reread the first three books for me to get into the world of Legend again. And after finishing Champion, I started reading Rebel. So what did I thought of the book? It was perfect! From the start until the end! The ending was the most perfect thing that I could ever think of this series (view spoiler)[unless Ms. Lu decide to make a novella about the married life of Daniel and June - with kids of course! (hide spoiler)] But of course there are noticeable changes in the characters, having the book set ten years after the events of Champion, especially Day/Daniel. Daniel Altan Wing A.K.A. Day, the legendary hero of the Republic. He saved the Republic from the Colonies when he was still a teenager, with the help of June Iparis, the Republic's prodigy, and many others. He had sacrificed a lot before achieving that title, including his memories, his life, his self. But what he was not able to sacrifice was his remaining family, Eden Bataar Wing. He wouldn't have done what the Republic was asking him if Eden himself hadn't stand up to him. And now, ten years after saving the Republic and moving into Antartica, something evil is brewing in the bowels of the nation he's currently in. There are two main conflicts in the book: 1. The relationship between Daniel and Eden. “I couldn’t protect you any more than John could protect me. You’ve seen the wrong in this world, powerful forces that no brother could ever hope to hide from you. And no matter what John did—or what I do—those things stay with us forever.” Daniel and Eden are the narrators of the book and even from the start, I can sense that there is something wrong with them. They are not how they used to be. They used to be so close that they know what the other was thinking by just pure observation. But then they began to drift apart. This began to happen since Daniel was recruited by the AIS or Antartican Intelligence System because Daniel cannot disclose his job to anyone outside the AIS. And since Eden began having his nightmares about the Republic and what it had done to him and his family because he didn't want to be one of Daniel's burden. Moreover, Daniel was so traumatized by what happened to Eden back in the Republic to the point that he was overprotecting Eden and was suffocating him. Daniel still sees his brother as a child that needs constant guidance and protection. Another thing is the way Eden was constantly being referred to as Day's brother. The brother of the hero of the Republic, not Eden, the engineer, the tinkerer. Eden was living in the shadow of his brother and even if he don't want to, he gets shoved back. These are the instigators of the chasm between Daniel and Eden. I loved the way Marie Lu resolved this conflict. The chapter where Daniel showed his brother his way of life back at the Lake District was so perfectly done. Eden knew that Day had a very hard time trying to survive each day back then but he didn't live through it, didn't understand it much because Daniel didn't show it to him until the night he brought him back at Lake and showed him how he survived. They opened up to each other and began to draw close again. They are brothers, they are family, so in times of need they should help each other. “It is not weakness to open your heart. It does not make you less of a man to ask for help. To turn to someone when you’re vulnerable. To need a shoulder to cry on. You don’t have to bear the weight of anything by yourself. Do you understand me? I know what it’s like to be forced to go it alone. I never want you to feel that way.” So when Eden had to stand up to their enemy, he had his brother by his side. Which is the way it should be. 2. The relationship between Daniel and June. “Even if we don’t know where we’ll go in the future, perhaps our lives were always meant to collide again and again. Perhaps we are forever meant to be each other’s catalysts.” Daniel regained some of his memories, but it is not entirely back yet, this includes his memories of June. And then there are the years that he and June are apart from each other so there is no mistake that there is a wide gap between them. Although they are still attracted to each other, even if they are still in love with the other, they had to do something to bridge that gap. But the problem was June and Daniel were hesitating. June because of her promise ten years ago to not be a part of Daniel's life again because it was her decision if ever he survived that tragic night - and he did. So when he lost his memories, she sacrificed their relationship. Daniel because he thought that June is completely at ease with her current life that he didn't want to disturb it. And because he was still in doubt of June's real feelings even after meeting her again. Because he didn't get to hear her say her affection to him during their time together. "I’ve been in love with you for years, even when we were separated. Especially then." “I never had a chance to tell you, before you and Eden left for Antarctica, that I love you too. So fiercely that it frightens me.” These two had gone through so much. So now that they have the chance to be with the one they love, they have to take it, yeah? I loved the way Marie Lu brought them back together again. In times of crisis, you go to the ones you love and trust. This was how these two got together again. Because they work best when they are together, because they understand each other, because they are so in love with each other, so much that they are hurt when the other is hurt and they hurt if they are apart. "That in this big world, somehow, I found my way back to this city, to this place, and somehow, after everything, the world still chose to put us back in each other’s lives.” I was so overwhelmed with my feelings when I read this book especially the ending. Their love is overflowing so much that my heart is feeling it also. Daniel and June is together and Daniel got to one knee and proposed. What did June say? "Yes. Always. Forever."

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lara (Bookish_turtle)

    ASDFGHJVFGSvdfCFCDXSWAERUXFLG I CANNOT BELIEVE MY EYEBALLS OH MY GOODNESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So long I have suffered from the Champion epilogue... Will I finally have a satisfying conclusion?????

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Brigid ♡

    "I'm grateful that we still, in spite of everything, have all found each other ... sometimes, broken pieces find a way to make a new whole." ♡ It pains me to give such a low rating to this novel, but ... I expected so much more. The Legend trilogy holds so much nostalgia for me, being that it was one of the first Young Adult series that I ever read. With that being said, I couldn't help but feel that this one wasn't even close to performing on the same stage as its predecessors. Champion concluded on such a perfect note "I'm grateful that we still, in spite of everything, have all found each other ... sometimes, broken pieces find a way to make a new whole." ♡ It pains me to give such a low rating to this novel, but ... I expected so much more. The Legend trilogy holds so much nostalgia for me, being that it was one of the first Young Adult series that I ever read. With that being said, I couldn't help but feel that this one wasn't even close to performing on the same stage as its predecessors. Champion concluded on such a perfect note, so I had some doubts heading into this one. What upset me the most is how the setting doesn't offer anything new or invigorating, the plot is painfully predictable, and Eden is ... an insufferable child to be perfectly honest. Day and June are mere shades of their former selves, with personalities that are more robotic than anything else. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Bloglovin

  18. 4 out of 5

    Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller

    [2.5/5 stars] I remember loving the original Legend Trilogy. In hindsight, however, I think I rated it so highly because I was only comparing it to other YA dystopians. Of the dozens I tried at the time, Legend ranked close to the top of my list. I don’t know that I would have been so generous with my ratings had I honesty compared them to all books I enjoyed and not just that very specific branch of the YA market. Rebel was just okay. The plot was cute, extending the romance between June and Day. Actually i [2.5/5 stars] I remember loving the original Legend Trilogy. In hindsight, however, I think I rated it so highly because I was only comparing it to other YA dystopians. Of the dozens I tried at the time, Legend ranked close to the top of my list. I don’t know that I would have been so generous with my ratings had I honesty compared them to all books I enjoyed and not just that very specific branch of the YA market. Rebel was just okay. The plot was cute, extending the romance between June and Day. Actually it’s biggest selling point was how much better this ending wrapped up their love story. Unfortunately, everything else was really surface-level. The plot didn’t get complex, the characters didn’t have a lot of depth, and the concept for the story wasn’t really that compelling. In my review for earlier books, I mentioned that I loved the point-system hierarchy (where you rise in rank and status based on how much you contribute) of the society she created in Antarctica, and since Rebel takes place there, it should’ve provided a much more in-depth exploration of it. It did not. I suppose world building is not usually the main focus of a straightforward YA, but even so, I let my expectations drive my experience a bit, and my overall rating reflects that. At the end of the day, I wish this resolution had come out much closer to when I’d read the first three books because it does do a good job at wrapping things up. It’s highly recommendable for Marie Lu’s Legend fans. But for my reading tastes these days, it was a decently entertaining bit of fluff and not much more. Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.NikiHawkes.com Other books you might like*: *I decided to go with less-typical recommends because, let’s face it, if you like the genre you’ve most definitely already read the mainstream ones like Divergent and Hunger Games. I recommended these books for similar vibes, setting, and character motive. :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mizuki

    Pre-review: Look what is happening here: Author Marie Lu is continuing the story of her million-selling “Legend” series. Lu has agreed to a multimillion dollar, three-book deal with Roaring Brook Press, the publisher announced Friday. The first book is set 10 years after her third “Legend” installment, “Champion,” which came out in 2013. Currently untitled and scheduled for Fall 2019, the upcoming novel will again feature such characters as young Eden Bataar Wing and take place/> Pre-review: Look what is happening here: Author Marie Lu is continuing the story of her million-selling “Legend” series. Lu has agreed to a multimillion dollar, three-book deal with Roaring Brook Press, the publisher announced Friday. The first book is set 10 years after her third “Legend” installment, “Champion,” which came out in 2013. Currently untitled and scheduled for Fall 2019, the upcoming novel will again feature such characters as young Eden Bataar Wing and take place in the dystopian Republic of America. Lu’s deal also includes a new series, the science fiction-fantasy “Skyhunter,” another story of young people fighting for their lives. Well, I will be frank here, I can't think of any other reason but milking the cash cow for this series to be continued. And it is supposed to be a new series featuring Eden Wing, a character whom had never done much in the original series, a character whom I never care about. *yawns* At least Marie Lu can laugh all the way to the bank, good for her.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    rEbEl listen WHAT THE FUCK i cant believe i still havent read champion

  21. 4 out of 5

    hillary

    WHAT IS HAPPENING. I don’t know how to feel about this. I’m going to read it because hello, it’s Marie Lu, and I really liked the Legend trilogy, but this same thing happened to the Shatter Me trilogy and look at all the problems I’ve had with Restore Me. I guess I’ll just keep my fingers crossed for this one? Though I’m LOWKEY EXCITED that this takes place in ANTARTICA!! My favorite world building ever 😍

  22. 4 out of 5

    ☆ Mira ✷

    @my fellow Marie Lu fans on here, you're all wonderful but please stop putting this in my feed and reminding me it comes out in a whole year :'(

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    3.5 stars My review “Because sometimes, broken pieces find a way to make a new whole.” Call me a believer because my faith in sequels for series-that-should-have-ended has returned. My honest opinion of books like these? Fanservice. But! But, Marie Lu did leave a lot of things unfinished at the end of her Legend Trilogy, especially the outcome of June x Day reunion ten years 3.5 stars My review “Because sometimes, broken pieces find a way to make a new whole.” Call me a believer because my faith in sequels for series-that-should-have-ended has returned. My honest opinion of books like these? Fanservice. But! But, Marie Lu did leave a lot of things unfinished at the end of her Legend Trilogy, especially the outcome of June x Day reunion ten years later, so I actually took my skepticism goggles of and decided to give this release a shot as more than just a lengthy closure. It’s been ten years since he escaped the Republic’s cruel experimentation labs and Eden’s still living in his Day’s shadow from his past days as Republic’s hero. He is the brightest and most accomplished student in the entire Ross City, but wherever he goes he can’t escape from being called “the brother”. Ross City is all bright and shiny – Antarctica is the world’s most prospective nation, or well, only for those who live on the good side of the town. The Level System isn’t as fair as it seems, and the disaffected population of Undercity is getting bigger. Aside from mob, drugs and crime lords, it is mostly known for street drone races, by which young Eden feels slowly attracted to as the only place where his talent is truly appreciated. He found the way out from his demons in the thrill and glory of building the best drone on the streets, but breaking the law is getting kind of hard when his brother is working for the Antartica’s Intelligence System. Day only wishes his rebellious brother was the only problem, but a vicious and coldblooded murderer Dominic Hann has found his way on the top of the Undercity and has a few interesting ideas about changing the way of the Level System. In the time of June and Elector Primo’s arrival, things quickly escalate from bad to terrible. “Because, sometimes, being patriotic means calling out the problems rotting away your country. I'm not saying we don't want to work with you. But we represent millions of voices you're not hearing right now. If you want to preserve the spirit of what made Antarctica a world leader, to begin with, you should take a look at your blind spots.” Marie Lu is one of my favorite YA authors and reading this book reminded me precisely why. Her simple and easygoing writing makes any story and every scene readable – her words feel so ridiculously natural, her stories flow like rivers of thoughts she puts together exactly like she wants them to be. Her work is so easy to follow, interesting but not overwhelming, with just the right amount of dynamic action and character development. I devoured this book, if not for anything else, then for the thrilling descriptions of the underworld, new scraps of Lu’s old, but never forgotten the dystopian world and Eden’s desperate fight between the things he believes in and the right thing to do. Despite my infinite love for this book’s plot and framework, I felt like I couldn’t connect myself with it completely. For the most part, it goes back to characters and my utter disinterest in almost anything about them. June and Day, as the old heroes and guys I still have mixed feelings about, shouldn’t have such an important role in a story ten years after their time, but they managed to find themselves in the center of the action, yet again. It’s not that I have anything in particular against them, but except for Day’s recovery and their final getting together after ten years, they should have been sided so Eden gets some spotlight. And there is Eden, who is probably one of the least interesting characters I’ve read in a while and his love interest whose name I’ve already forgotten. The former has changed his personality about 20 times in the course of the book, while the latter has no personality at all and is just there for the mere purpose of a nice cute girlfriend. I know I’m mean, but I really couldn’t see anything that will interest me in these characters’ development. It was a nice addition to the Legend trilogy, although it could’ve gone without it. I still don’t know how I feel about this book, but I wasn’t a big fan of Legend either so I guess that settles it. It was nice to get some closure after that sad-ish love story, even if it was a bit of fanservice. Blog Twitter Tumblr

  24. 5 out of 5

    Adah Udechukwu

    I loved Rebel. I'm glad it was not predictable. The novel did not toe the line I had in my mind.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ari

    I need you to understand that Legend is a trilogy** I absolutely LOVE. (you won't believe just how, after all these years, reading it still fills me with so much delight and emotion!) Looking back... When I first read Legend, it felt insta-lovish and convenient, but there was something about it that took hold of my heart and it did not let go. (I loved it even more after re-reading it along with the sequels.) Then Prodigy made me fall and care for these characters even more, and by Champion my heart belonged to them for ever and I need you to understand that Legend is a trilogy** I absolutely LOVE. (you won't believe just how, after all these years, reading it still fills me with so much delight and emotion!) Looking back... When I first read Legend, it felt insta-lovish and convenient, but there was something about it that took hold of my heart and it did not let go. (I loved it even more after re-reading it along with the sequels.) Then Prodigy made me fall and care for these characters even more, and by Champion my heart belonged to them for ever and ever - and that ending simply took my breath away, as cliché as it might sound. There's something so beautifully tragic about their story, there's something so mesmerising about this world, as terrible as it was at times. There's something so hopeful and sweet about that ending. I would have crossed the ocean just to read one more page about June and Day!!! And then came the hope this new novel gave me. Then came the possibility of my wish coming true. And I prayed to whomever might be up there that Rebel wouldn't disappoint me. *sigh!* I can only assume that there are way better things and wishes deities would involve themselves with, as my prayer remained unanswered. Here I am. Heartbroken! This book did NOT live up to the beautiful cover or the previews books in the series. It pains me to say this, but it was: plotless, boring, unnecessary, frustrating, full of plot holes; the characters incredibly bland and I could only define the dynamics between characters as "static"; the antagonist and the whole situation surrounding him was (let's face it) ridiculous (!); the chemistry between June and Day was inexistent... God damn it, what happened to all the characters, who are these people 10 years later? Without their past they are only some two unidimensional, cardboard copies of their old (better) selves. And Eden?! Eden was naive and stupid, stupid, stupid! I wanted to punch him in the face for being so immature, such an idiot, and so incredibly ungrateful! His POV takes half of the story and I disliked most of it (not that I enjoyed Day's chapters better). BTW, the least of my problems... it's not like I ever liked Tess, mind you, but why the hell did she get simply erased after those "after" build-ups? It just doesn't make much sense considering the timeline. Again, it's not like I cared about her, but I liked this girl even less. I am frustrated. I am sad. I am heartbroken. I truly wish that you will like it better, as there is no worse feeling than being disappointed by something you've waited (or hoped for) for years. Sorry, I won't even rate it. Later Edit, Nov 2019: I decided for the moment to give it one star for the story itself and, as a bonus, one more for the ending (it’s not that good, don’t be fooled, but it gives some sort of closure and at this point I’ll just take it)... but only because I am feeling generous and - after all, I admit that - it's still probably a bit better than the 1star books on my shelf. *sigh* ... Or is it maybe because I still love these characters and this world even though it’s unfair how much they ended up disappointing me? *double sigh* I am too sad... It hurts, it really does... ** I will pretend there are only 3 books in this series, and this fact truly and completely... Breaks. My. Heart! No tears left to cry *sigh* and the irony of having that particular gif with that particular girl in my review speaks volumes, but I find it fitting. ------------------------- Update, oct 2019: Don't get me wrong, it's not like I wanted more Day&June, it's not like I was hoping for it to be more like the trilogy. It's not even about the high expectations either. Nope. As a standalone I would still dislike it with a passion for all the reasons I've already mentioned: the plot is a mess, the characterisation is lacking (if it weren't for the previous books you would have no idea who these people actually are), the action made me cringe. I can't think of one thing I actually liked about it. Maybe the fact that it offered some sort of closure for the original story? But that just makes it feel like a very long (and pointless) epilogue. 1.5 stars? I am too disappointed to put my feelings into numbers. ------------------------- 2018 I guess this is (way) better than the short story I can't find anywhere to buy :D And here comes the moment when I am freaking out because I loved this series and I can't wait to get my hands on this... Wait of it... wait for it... 😱 Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.. 😱 aaaaaaaaaaaaaa 😱 aaaaaaaaaaa! Grabby hands 😍💞😍 2019 And now the synopsis makes me scared. 👀 Please be as good as the other 3, please be as good! 🤞🏻

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    COVER REVEAL!!! Which means one step closer to getting this book in my hands! --- 2/4/19 The synopsis gives me life!!! I can't wait for this. I've missed my children ;D --- Saw the news on Instagram and OMG I can't believe it! This is honestly some of the best news I have heard in a long time. Love the Legend series so much and I cannot wait to be reunited with my favs =D <3

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ails

    5 STARS I’M SCREAMINGGGGGGGG OH MY GOD :((( MARIE LU, THANK YOU FOR THIS FOURTH INSTALLMENT! I FREAKING LOVE YOU!!!! This is Eden’s story, but Day & June play a big role in this book (without taking the spotlight away from Eden.) BUT DAMN, WE REALLY GET MORE OF DAY & JUNE AND MY HEART IS BURSTING FROM ALL THE FEELS!!!! (That’s all I can say for now!) I suggest you reread the three previous books first, then read “Life After Legend” before diving into t 5 STARS I’M SCREAMINGGGGGGGG OH MY GOD :((( MARIE LU, THANK YOU FOR THIS FOURTH INSTALLMENT! I FREAKING LOVE YOU!!!! This is Eden’s story, but Day & June play a big role in this book (without taking the spotlight away from Eden.) BUT DAMN, WE REALLY GET MORE OF DAY & JUNE AND MY HEART IS BURSTING FROM ALL THE FEELS!!!! (That’s all I can say for now!) I suggest you reread the three previous books first, then read “Life After Legend” before diving into this fourth installment. It’s what I did and it made the whole reading experience a lot better. So, PLEASE PLEASE REREAD THEM!! Again, thank you so much Marie Lu. This means a lot to us Legend fans. *sending you all the love* (Thanks to Edelweiss for my advance reader’s copy!)

  28. 4 out of 5

    shannon ✨

    ARE YOU F-ING KIDDING ME????? HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS WAS A THING THE LEGEND TRILOGY IS LIKE ONE OF MY FAVOURITE TRILOGIES OF ALL TIME. THIS HAS BEEN BOOSTED TO LIKE MY TOP 5 MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2019 4/2/19 WE HAVE A TITLE AND I AM OBSESSED. thinking about rereading this trilogy now 100% because i loved it so much and miss june and day so much and can’t wait to read another book with them in itttttt

  29. 4 out of 5

    may ☆彡

    okay, i’m sorry, but WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN HOW WHEN WHERE AND WHY DIDNT I KNOW ABOUT THIS this is amazing!!!!! ———————————————————————— it has a cover. it has a release date. IT HAS A COVER IT HAS A RELEASE DATE

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ayesha (The Fifth Marauder)

    OMG THIS IS HAPPENING THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING

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