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Respect the Legend. Idolize the Prodigy. Celebrate the Champion. But never underestimate the Rebel. 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 st Respect the Legend. Idolize the Prodigy. Celebrate the Champion. But never underestimate the Rebel. 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 . . . 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.


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Respect the Legend. Idolize the Prodigy. Celebrate the Champion. But never underestimate the Rebel. 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 st Respect the Legend. Idolize the Prodigy. Celebrate the Champion. But never underestimate the Rebel. 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 . . . 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.

30 review for Rebel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    wake me up when October comes

  2. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Monroe

    2.5 stars “We’ve seen each other only once after a decade apart. What if we’ve changed too much? What if we’re just not meant to be?” I had my doubts when Rebel was first announced and lemme tell you, those doubts were well-warranted. Legend was meant to be a trilogy. Champion ends on the perfect note: Day and June meeting each other again after a decade apart. When they grasp hands, that connection strong as magic between them, the reader knows that, even though this is the last page, they wil 2.5 stars “We’ve seen each other only once after a decade apart. What if we’ve changed too much? What if we’re just not meant to be?” I had my doubts when Rebel was first announced and lemme tell you, those doubts were well-warranted. Legend was meant to be a trilogy. Champion ends on the perfect note: Day and June meeting each other again after a decade apart. When they grasp hands, that connection strong as magic between them, the reader knows that, even though this is the last page, they will go on to reignite their old relationship. It's bittersweet, a little mysterious, with a trace of yearning for more. Then Rebel comes along with a second helping of dessert and spoils it all. Lu said in the author's note that she knew she wanted to write Rebel after writing Warcross and it seriously shows. Both books feature a "morally grey" villain with the best intentions. They have neat worldbuilding which isn't explored to its full potential. Antarctica’s merit system (where you earn points for doing good deeds and the opposite for doing something bad) is interesting, especially when we take into account that China is rolling out something very similar. I really like the scene where Eden's bullies avoid triggering the system by smiling or watching their speech. Yet too soon, the story descends into a simple rich-vs-poor uprising. I would've preferred more discussion around the point system, like what level are people born with or what's celebrity culture like in Antarctica? It seems unfair for me to complain about a book's direction, but the simplistic view Rebel offered didn't do it for me. Rebel is Eden's story. It has his and Day's perspectives, but it's primarily his story. Sadly he couldn't live up to previous legends.

  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. 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. 4 out of 5

    Hamad

    Let me be honest, I was excited when I added this book but I am not interested in the story anymore. The reviews from people who I trust have not been encouraging and it has been ages since I read the original trilogy. I rarely read YA books now compared to last year or the year before that. I just don't want to force myself to read soemthing I don't think I will enjoy only to give it a negative review. If anyone thinks this was superb or worth reading please do tell! Original question: While it Let me be honest, I was excited when I added this book but I am not interested in the story anymore. The reviews from people who I trust have not been encouraging and it has been ages since I read the original trilogy. I rarely read YA books now compared to last year or the year before that. I just don't want to force myself to read soemthing I don't think I will enjoy only to give it a negative review. If anyone thinks this was superb or worth reading please do tell! Original question: While it does look good, why doesn't it match the other covers?

  5. 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 Daniel were together! Seriou 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!

  6. 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*

  7. 5 out of 5

    julia ♥

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

  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

    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 conc "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

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sana

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

  11. 5 out of 5

    may ❀

    it's 11:00 pm and i just completed my 200th book of the year!!! cutting it close on my reading challenge, of course c: let's be honest, the plot of this book was totally unnecessary but the day/june content was magnificent and the growth and relationship development between the brothers, I COULD CRY (view spoiler)[THE WAY DAY DID THE PROPOSAL, IM SO FREKAING !!!!!!!!EMO!!!!!!!! i love these kids so much and to see them progress and grow this much, im an emotional mother (hide spoiler)] me thinks 3. it's 11:00 pm and i just completed my 200th book of the year!!! cutting it close on my reading challenge, of course c: let's be honest, the plot of this book was totally unnecessary but the day/june content was magnificent and the growth and relationship development between the brothers, I COULD CRY (view spoiler)[THE WAY DAY DID THE PROPOSAL, IM SO FREKAING !!!!!!!!EMO!!!!!!!! i love these kids so much and to see them progress and grow this much, im an emotional mother (hide spoiler)] me thinks 3.5 stars is fair ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ i didn't reread this series and sob my body's weight in tears (at the end of the 3rd book) for this to disappoint me. your move, marie lu

  12. 5 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 University of the Scien [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*...

  13. 5 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??)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice Masaluñga

    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

  15. 5 out of 5

    Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon

    "Because sometimes, broken pieces find a way to make a new whole." This should've been a novella. I didn't have high hopes for this because the Legend series is so nostalgic for me and I couldn't see anything topping the ending we got in Champion. Yet, I'm still kind of let down. I don't hate Rebel, but there are parts of it that rubbed me wrong and I don't see myself rereading it within the new few years. My main problem is with the perspective of Eden. For those of you who don't know, the Legen "Because sometimes, broken pieces find a way to make a new whole." This should've been a novella. I didn't have high hopes for this because the Legend series is so nostalgic for me and I couldn't see anything topping the ending we got in Champion. Yet, I'm still kind of let down. I don't hate Rebel, but there are parts of it that rubbed me wrong and I don't see myself rereading it within the new few years. My main problem is with the perspective of Eden. For those of you who don't know, the Legend series is told through the perspectives of Day, a criminal, and June, a military prodigy. In this book June no longer has a POV and instead we get Day again and his younger brother Eden, who needs to be yeeted off a cliff. I didn't like Eden, I never cared much about him in the original series but he served his purpose there. In this book he's just so insufferable whiny, which I think is supposed to come off as rebellious but to me it read as being . . . well, the worst. And the fact he gets a POV and June (who was my favorite character in original series) doesn't annoys me almost as much as him, he was never even a main character in Legend! And his romance was blander than plain, untoasted, generic, white bread. There are other problems, like the main villain is an unbearably bad cliche early Marvel movie villain and the world building with Antarctica is just a less interesting version of the world in Warcross. Honestly, a lot of this is deserving of a two star rating, except the few scenes that deserve five stars centering around Day and June. Day and June are by far one of my, if not favorite, bookish ship. I thought I was fine with where they ended in Champion, but seeing how their relationship evolved only enhanced it! Their romance single handedly saved this book for me and I'll probably keep my copy around just to reread the epilogue, which speaking of . . . (view spoiler)[DUNE IS GETTING MARRIED AND I CAN FINALLY DIE HAPPILY!!!!!!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😌💛💙💖💜 (hide spoiler)] Do I think this is worth it? Not necessarily, if you're a big fan of the series and really need to know where June and Day go, then you might enjoy at least some parts of Rebel. But I'd rather think of the series as a trilogy and this as a weird, mediocre spinoff I'll likely skip in future rereads of Legend. Though I'll probably reread the epilogue like it's a novella. - - - PREREADING THOUGHTS 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. 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 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."

  17. 5 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?????

  18. 5 out of 5

    Zitong Ren

    Ok, so umm, quick confession. I’m in love with Day and June help So yeah anyway, I’m a little bit obsessed and I would read a book where it’s just the two of them to be frank. My experience reading Rebel can be summed up a little like this. Scenes with solo Eden - Pretty cool kid Scenes with Eden and Pressa - I like them Scenes with solo Day - My boy is back Scenes with Day and June being in love - AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! I should probably go see a therapist Now enough of me stressing out Ok, so umm, quick confession. I’m in love with Day and June help So yeah anyway, I’m a little bit obsessed and I would read a book where it’s just the two of them to be frank. My experience reading Rebel can be summed up a little like this. Scenes with solo Eden - Pretty cool kid Scenes with Eden and Pressa - I like them Scenes with solo Day - My boy is back Scenes with Day and June being in love - AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! I should probably go see a therapist Now enough of me stressing out how much I love these two(or maybe not), but either way, onto the actual review, where I will try to review the book based on how but is and not how much I love one particular couple. I first read the Legend trilogy last year, and when I heard that Marie Lu was writing another one, I was a bit sceptical. Generally when a series is done, a lot of the time it can just be fan service or a cash grab, which I suppose in a way, with all the Day and June scenes, it is. Yet since I rate books on how I felt about it and not on deeply analysing it since that would be far to boring, this book was awesome. I, like many other readers, was quite upset at how Champion ended and whilst I agree with what the author did there, it doesn’t mean I had to particularly like it. I want to give this book a five, but I feel that if I am being properly reasonable with myself, this book really is more of a 4. Day and June, all the stars. But if, let’s say that this was a new book in a new world and the world building, characters and plot was as it was, which is to say, almost reasonably standard within the YA genre. I mean, as much as I love it, it isn’t the most complex or riveting plot line or interesting villain. Yes, I wanted to agree with the villain of the book, since that it what the author wants us to think, yet at the same time, it’s been done so many times that it really isn’t overly original thing anymore. I mean, Thanos was reasonable yet also wanted to kill half the universe so… you know? A great part about it was the development between Eden and Day and while I was quite frustrated by them constantly, the result we got from in the end in regards to coming to terms and learning more about each other was great. Day will always be my favourite, yet Eden proved himself to be an interesting person here with his own personality, ideas and set of skills. I liked his relationship with Pressa as well and was happy with what I got from their relationship, yet I also wanted a little bit more, yet am highly satisfied with the way that the author ended it. Now I say at this does feel a fair bit like fan service is that truthfully, all I really wanted out of this book for some Day and June goodness and I got that, and I also got an incredibly beautiful ending that was so different to Champion that while I loved, I don’t know it set the mood as well as Champion even though that one broke me apart. Something else that is weird, seeing Day being called Daniel. Also I feel like that Marie Lu finally has a aesthetically pleasing looking cover yet is so odd compared to the rest of the series. 8/10

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ashwood (애쉬 우드).

    “It’s my brother. Daniel. His eyes are trained on my attackers. And right now, the smirk on his lips is the dangerous kind. I groan and hang my head. Oh, hell.” I seriously loved diving back into the world of Daniel and June!

  20. 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 [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. :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Elend Wolf

    3.5 stars. “Because sometimes, broken pieces find a way to make a new whole.” Rebel is the continuation to the Legend trilogy. Situated 10 years in the future. In a new city. We follow Daniel and his brother Eden while they try to pick the pieces of their former lives and move on. Obviously, after so many years discovering that Legend was to have a sequel of sorts was so incredibly exciting. After all, it was an opportunity to see our beloved characters again. And after the epilogue in 3.5 stars. “Because sometimes, broken pieces find a way to make a new whole.” Rebel is the continuation to the Legend trilogy. Situated 10 years in the future. In a new city. We follow Daniel and his brother Eden while they try to pick the pieces of their former lives and move on. Obviously, after so many years discovering that Legend was to have a sequel of sorts was so incredibly exciting. After all, it was an opportunity to see our beloved characters again. And after the epilogue in Champion it seemed like a terrific idea. Full of action and familial feelings we are once again immersed in a politic drama when a nation enters a crisis time. The question that it didn't occur to me to ask was, is it really all that necessary? “Some pasts can’t be left behind. They must be fought.” With POVs alternating between Daniel and Eden we get a whiff from the past and new voice all at the same time. It's an interesting idea. Of course, having Day again was great. Nostalgic and our connection with the past. He is the one that most bring the past and present together and help make peace between both. Eden, on his part, brings the new aspects and help us explore this new nation. One of the things I was more apprehensive about before starting Rebel was his voice. I remember reading Lu's little snippets that she would post online and thinking that he sounded like a brat. I was glad to be proven wrong. Yes, Eden turned out to be a lot more palatable than I thought he was gonna be. Yet, he often felt like a 15-year-old kid to me. He is 21-years-old... And that is just one of the things that irked me must. Eden, a grown-up man, was acting pettily and childishly. His reasoning and actions often didn't reflect his age. I think I would have been a lot more okay with him had he been younger, then his actions wouldn't have irked me as much. “The world shifts, tilts, sometimes collapses. But sometimes, it bends toward you, and everything feels right.” Another thing that frustrated me was the complete lack of communication between Daniel and Eden. Sure, I get that talking about certain things is difficult. They hurt and often avoidance is easier than confrontation but, but some explanations that don't need to be all that pointed or deep can certainly be done. This book could have been solved so much faster if they had sat and talked sooner. And not even talked about the deep, burning, pungent topics that needed to be addressed but just about the things that were bothering each other. Heck, even just about their days. Again, I can kind of see why that was so difficult, but it was ridiculous how these two grown-up men couldn't sit and have a little chat. “June has adjusted better than any of us. But even so, she’s afraid of the past. Just like I am. We may not be the same people we used to be. Maybe we’ll never find our way back to that place. But we bear the same scars from the same old wounds.” Daniel's and June's story arc was by far my favorite. I really loved how their relationship was treated and how it evolved and, well, just how it happened. It was what I had been looking forward to. And, even though I really missed it, I can appreciate not giving June her own POV. For once, I appreciated that certain air of uncertainty that came with not knowing June's thoughts. Though, to me, they were pretty clear through her actions. Still, she plays her part in the story and we get plenty of time with our girl. “If you asked me to tell you about myself, I’d say first that I like to understand things.” Here is the thing. The answer to that first question I poised. I appreciate what the book did. I appreciate having another moment with these characters I've come to care so much about. I appreciate the furthering of the world and the reinforcement of the idea that nothing is quite so perfect. But I find most of this book completely irrelevant. That simple sentence has been a hard revelation and has taken me a fair amount of time to make my peace with. I'm still not happy with it but I'm starting to accept it. Why do I find it irrelevant? Well, simple. A lot of these ideas were established in the epilogue of Champion. As heartwrenching as that epilogue was it was a well constructed, rounded, and filling way to end the trilogy. It left you with a sense of hope and a million possibilities. You already knew things wouldn't be easy right off the bat. That there were issues to be resolved -funny enough the more pressing issues were never really treated in this book - and that things were never gonna be the same. But you also knew that things were gonna be okay because they were there. Together. All Rebel did to me was go over and over, circling endlessly the same things that were already established in that short, powerful, epilogue. Sure, we got a lot more of Eden but we could have done that with a well placed novella. Shorter. To the point. But long enough to add that little something that Lu clearly wanted to add. The political drama in the book was interesting, yes, but at the end of the day, I didn't care very much about this new city. To me, the point seems to be to make sure we got the point that no government is perfect, something that I think the original trilogy did a great job of. “We may always struggle with our pasts, but we can rest assured that we’ll always have someone else who can pull us forward.” I'm not saying that the book was dull or filled with nonsense or that it didn't have action. No. As an alone book it was wonderful and thrilling. But as a part of this trilogy? Unnecessary. Which, I find, it's often the case when an already finished trilogy/series gets renewed years later. I truly wish it had been different. But it wasn't. I'll treasure the good bits and parts -like that ending - and I'll make my peace with the more unsavory ones. “A past. A future. Something that can be ours.” _______________________ I'm surprised. I ended liking it more than I thought I would. When Lu was posting her little snippets on Instagram I remember reading some and hating the voice that Eden seemed to have. It made me really apprehensive about starting this book, even though I was dying to pick it up. Anyway, in the end, it was way better than I thought it would be. I'm still gasping about that ending. RTC. _______________________ I'm finally starting this beauty. I'm so excited, and a little apprehensive, about reading this book. I love the world and characters Lu created and having the opportunity to revisit them and get a bit more of their story is just wonderful. Re-reading the previous three books in order to refresh my memory was a great idea, after all, some years have passed since Campion was published. I hope the book lives to the standards that the previous books have set.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com One of the first reviews I ever wrote on the blog back in 2015 was for the first book in the Legend series which I read originally in 2011, aptly names ‘Legend‘. If you have never read the books, they are dystopian YA reads featuring two main characters, June and Day. June was born into a wealthy area once know as Western USA and Day into the slums who grew up to become one of the countries most wanted criminals. The pair meet after June’s older police of Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com One of the first reviews I ever wrote on the blog back in 2015 was for the first book in the Legend series which I read originally in 2011, aptly names ‘Legend‘. If you have never read the books, they are dystopian YA reads featuring two main characters, June and Day. June was born into a wealthy area once know as Western USA and Day into the slums who grew up to become one of the countries most wanted criminals. The pair meet after June’s older police officer brother is killed in the line of duty and Day is the chief suspect. June makes it her mission to bring in Day dead or alive. I won’t go into too much detail in case you haven’t read the books. In this fourth and final instalment in the series written six years after the last book ‘Champion‘ and set ten years later we again meet June and Day, now known by his real name Daniel, and Daniel’s younger brother Eden. Both Daniel and Eden are living in Antarctica city where everyone is given different numbered levels based on their job, home-life, personality, how good they are, etc. Those with a zero score live off the grid in Ross City. Daniel is an officer sworn to protect the residents and Eden is a college student who likes to rebel and spend his time down in Ross City. He’s fed up with living in Daniel’s shadow. June is still working as a Princeps-Elect to Elector Anden. Since going their separate ways ten years ago, Daniel’s memory is slowly returning and he’s remembering his feelings for June, but are they too far apart now? At the end of my review of Champion in July 2015 my final words were ‘I was sorry that the trilogy had finished and wished that it had gone on, but all good things must come to an end.‘, so I was taken aback when I learned that Marie Lu had penned another novel to the series and didn’t need to think twice about purchasing it. I hoped that she would write the ending for Daniel and June differently this time. The book was told from the POV of Daniel and Eden, though June is still part of the story. Daniel is no longer the ‘big’ hero he was ten years ago, though he is incredibly resourceful and superb at his job which includes bringing a dangerous criminal to justice that they have been trying to locate for some time. Eden is no longer a little kid. He’s grown up being known as Daniel’s little brother rather than himself and he’s fed up with it. He’s also an expert in engineering and loves to race drones, something that is banned in Antarctica. It felt a little strange at first having the same characters but not in a dangerous, fighting setting but in a war-free zone where they all had new lives. I still had the same excitement about the book though and raced through it. My tiny disappointment was that I did want to see more of June as she was one of the main characters in the first three books. In this one, it felt like she had been given a back seat whilst Daniel and Eden took over. It also felt weird to read Daniel instead of Day. Overall, I think this last book in the series Rebel, needed to be written. I was never happy with the way Champion ended and this ending was perfect, so much so, that I do now hope that this is the end of the series. For anyone that has read the first three books, this is a must-read. If you haven’t read them and you love dystopian novels given them a read they are truly amazing.

  23. 5 out of 5

    may ➹

    sad because gr removed all my likes for this “review” >:( 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 sad because gr removed all my likes for this “review” >:( 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

  24. 5 out of 5

    elena

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

  25. 4 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 in the dystopian 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.

  26. 5 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 😍

  27. 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 he 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 previous 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...

  28. 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 :'(

  29. 5 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 later, so I actually took my skepticism goggles of and decided to give this release a shot as more than just a lengthy closu 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

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jananie (thisstoryaintover)

    MY HEART :') this wasn't really the new instalment i was hoping for (seriously wish it had been set entirely in the republic but alas) but i still loved seeing more of my beans june and day and getting to know more about eden. super emotional after the ending though now, and i just keep remembering my emotional self reading the end of champion years ago and sobbing endlesslyyy

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