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Rebel: A Legend Novel (Legend, 4) Hardcover – October 1, 2019
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Q: What inspired you to return to the world of Legend?
Marie: Back when I first wrote Champion, the last book in the original trilogy, I had so much fun working on the chapters involving the hyperfuturistic, gamified society of Antarctica that I missed it when the story ended. At the same time, I kept thinking about what happens to the characters after the war. Where do Day and June go from here? Does Eden grow up haunted by the things that happened to him in his childhood? How do you heal after the happily ever after? How do you move on? Finally, Champion ended on a romantically open note between Day and June, and the most frequently asked question I get is about what happens between those two. All of these open threads have been hanging in my head for years, waiting for a story to wrap them all together—so when it finally came to me, I knew I had to write it.
Q: Day and June are two of your most beloved characters. What was it like to return to them years later? What can readers expect to see from them in this book?
Marie: Honestly, I was a bit afraid to revisit them. When I finished writing Champion, their voices “left” my head, as if they had graduated. It took a long time before I started hearing their voices again, and when I did, they sounded different to me—older, wiser, and scarred from their pasts. Day is now Daniel, but the part of him that was Day will forever haunt him. June has matured beyond the headstrong girl she was, although she is as logical as ever. I wasn’t sure if I could do their new personalities justice, but the instant I started writing Rebel, they flooded back to me as if they’d never left.
Q: Tell us about Eden Wing. What inspired you to add his point of view to Rebel?
Marie: Although Day is a main POV character in Rebel, this book is really Eden’s story. In many ways, Eden was the catalyst that set the events of the Legend trilogy in motion. He’s very much his older brother’s opposite—a bit brainier and less street-smart, and gentle in a way that boys are not allowed to be. Eden became my favorite character to write in this book.
“Rebel is a masterful feat written by a powerhouse author who never disappoints; every book she writes is a knockout. Marie Lu is magic.” - Tahereh Mafi, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series
"This tale of intrigue, alliances, and love will draw Legend fans and new readers into a fascinating world whose combined layers of privilege and surveillance draw comparisons to many present- day social ills." - Publishers Weekly
"Fans will welcome the opportunity to revisit...beloved characters, and the tried-and-true formula of adventure, suspense, and romance once again proves satisfying." - Horn Book
About the Author
- Publisher : Roaring Brook Press (October 1, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250221706
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250221704
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Lexile measure : HL760L
- Grade level : 7 - 12
- Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.94 x 1.33 x 8.65 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #34,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Daniel’s relationship with his younger brother is certainly informed by their past. He perceives himself guardian and protector of Eden, and his grief and rage at all the times he thinks he failed in these capacities makes his relationship with Eden, graduating now from University and grown into early adulthood, awkward and frustrating. When Eden uses the Undercity to test his mettle, Daniel goes ballistic. The two brothers must learn to accept each other as grown people during the course to the novel, and it is the transition that informs the plot.
Eden, whose sacrifices and bravery ended the Republic’s plague, has always lived in Daniel’s shadow, but he is not just acting out when her ventures into an illegal drone race; he is testing his invention, a new constant-energy engine. He longs to free himself from bullying by classmates and also from the over-protective nature of his bother’s love. He comes into his own in this novel, gaining a better understanding of not only his own strengths but also his brother’s life as an outlaw when he was too young to grasp it.
I loved this novel, loved the new character of Prissa, and enjoyed the author’s deft handling of current action relying on and complicated by the characters’s past-and-present traumas. Now I just need some idea of how the Eden Bataar Wing of this book becomes the character we see in Wildcard! I REALLY hope there is a novella or novel in the offing that will explain how Eden goes from his work in reconstruction/urban planning in Los Angeles to leading a team of gamers in battle in Cyber Tokyo!!
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This novel is set 10 years after Champion and the main protagonists are now 27 years old. June is working as a commander in the military for the new United States, whilst Daniel is living in Antarctica with his younger brother Eden, working as an AIS officer. It is very ironic that Daniel has this job, because he used to be the 'Most Wanted Criminal' in The Republic, and now he works to capture those people.
The most beautiful parts of this final book were the snippets of memory Daniel would get every now and then. It was nostalgic and reminiscent of what he had experienced all those years ago. His awkwardness and confusion around June was adorable but also really sad to read about because I always remembered him as a charismatic, charming and witty character, and to see this vulnerable side of him as his master identity in the book broke my heart. I wish Lu had brought back his sarcastic personality in the last novel-I think that would have done it justice. I wish, if she does write a fifth novel which I would be the first person to purchase and read, that she re- directs Daniel's personality to suit his younger self.
I did not like Day being addressed as Daniel. Obviously, Lu wanted to portray that a lot had changed and he had grown up, but I loved his street name so much and really missed it throughout the book. I think it gave his personality that fire that I loved as the reader, whereas Daniel just makes him seem ordinary. I guess Lu wanted to present him as an average man and Daniel wanted the same as you’ll find out in the book. I really missed his street name though and I hope, if a fifth book is written, Daniel is addressed as Day again.
The POV is of Daniel and Eden, which I didn’t mind at all. Initially I thought I would not like it, but after reading a lot of reviews, everyone seemed content and satisfied with this and I was too. Lu did a fantastic job with this, it’s very easy to ruin a book with a change of narrative, but this was thought through really well. I would have liked June’s narrative as well. She was present in the book a lot more in my opinion than what other reviews have said. I think her lack of a narrative made it seem like she wasn’t really there. I wish Lu did include her narrative because I would have loved to have known what she was thinking. Every time Day would notice her immediate expression change or gestures, all he could do was speculate what she was thinking. I really enjoyed reading June’s POV and I think if a fifth novel is released, I would like her narrative alongside Day’s like in the first three books.
I always had mixed opinions of June. I was annoyed that Day was not angry with her for having a part in his mum and brother's death, nor was he mad at her for Eden being taken away for experimentation. I think Lu tried to insinuate his mixed emotions about his feelings for June through the nightmares he would have, and through June's POV where she would constantly feel weighed down by her mistake. Day didn't process his losses very well, which would explain the emotional rollercoaster of Prodigy and Champion. His breakdown in his mother's house was heart- wrenching, especially because June was there to witness it. As a reader, it was so difficult to comprehend what I would have done in a similar situation. On the one hand, he loves June and by Champion I was convinced that their love was real. With all the time they spent apart and their constant pull towards each other, it was hard not to vouch for their relationship. They supported, saved and sacrificed so much for one other. But on the other hand, June was the reason why Day lost his mother and brother John, she was the reason why he was caught and the consequences of that. Inevitably, everything would have eventually fallen apart, but June's involvement sped up the process so much so that many unnecessary lives were lost, in my opinion. Whenever he'd look at her, he was reminded of what he had lost and that made it really difficult to pursue a romantic relationship with her. I could feel his heart ache and confliction throughout the first three novels about this, especially in prodigy when Tess would bring it up. The scene in Champion where Day returned to June's apartment after having a breakdown in his mother’s house was the beginning of him processing everything that had conspired. The next morning there was a scene were June told him she'd followed him and witnessed his hurt, he flinched away from her touch almost intuitively. That was very realistic. I think that's why Lu decided that Day would lose his memory, and put a decade between Champion and this book, so that they could both heal.
On the topic of healing, I was not convinced that June had even began the process of healing, despite the decade she had. One thing that I was not satisfied with was June's lack of emotions. She was always very guarded and conservative with her feelings. She never let herself breakdown and just cry, even though she was just as much of a victim of The Republic as Day was. Even in this novel, you don't see this at all. That was really disappointing. She is portrayed as a brick, what is she made of? She suffered the death of Metias, her closest 'friend' Thomas killed her brother in cold blood, and then lied to her. She already felt awful about exposing Day to The Republic, and all the consequences that followed and she knew Day would never be able to look at her in the eye and forget what she had done to him. Day was very emotional and that was expected, but I did expect more emotions from June. She did not process what she had gone through, AT ALL.
I missed that ‘WOW’ factor of Day in Rebel as well. In the past three novels, all the civilians looked up to him; he was notorious, well- known and praised however in this book all that was non- existent. Whilst Eden does appreciate his brother’s talents, it was not enough. I was so used to reading about this on a mass scale, so Eden noticing it here and there was not very appealing. Again, I guess that was the point Lu was trying to make but I missed the magic of it all. The first three books were so magical whereas this one mundane. I really hope that ‘WOW’ factor about both June and Day is returned if a fifth novel is written.
The ending of this novel was phenomenal. I loved it- you will not be disappointed!
I really hope Marie Lu does write a fifth novel because there is still so much that hasn’t been uncovered or properly explained. Firstly, why was Day sent to the camps even though he scored full marks? That’s a minor point though. The real reason why I want to see fifth book is because I think there is still so much more that can be explored in their relationship. In the first three books, they were constantly on and off. They were consumed, confused and conflicted with all that was taking place that we only got snippets of their relationship when it was genuine, and peaceful not fuelled by wanted to save each other’s life or sacrifice their own. I really missed Day’s street name being used, and his charisma and wit. I want to see that return, especially in context with June and the elite people of the country. It was very flattering and entertaining to read in the first three novels. His encounter with Thomas in the interrogation room and his encounter with the Princept- elite in the board room in Champion, were so funny to read. Lastly, I want to see June liberated and free to love Day and be happy with her life. I want that tension and stress that she carries constantly on her shoulders to be released, and expelled. I want her to relax and live in the moment. I think a fifth novel is more than doable, and Marie Lu’s fans will most definitely appreciate and support it.
I would highly recommend reading this series, and I encourage Lu to write a fifth novel!