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Book Review: Rebel (Legend #4) by Marie Lu

rebelBook: Rebel
Series: Legend #4
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA Dystopia/Sci-fi

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 . . .

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

I read the Legend trilogy years ago when it came out and loved it so when Rebel was announced I knew I had to reread the trilogy before reading Rebel and I was glad I did.

I liked reading about the characters again and seeing what had become of their lives now that it’s ten years later. We got a flash of this in Champion when the epilogue was set ten years in the future and we saw June and Day bump into each other on the street. Rebel starts from there and is told in dual povs from Daniel (Day) and Eden. June doesn’t have a pov but she is in Rebel although the focus of the story is on Eden and Daniel and what their lives are like after the events of Legend and have moved to a new place.

Eden has a lot of internal conflict about being in his brother’s shadow and that added an interesting element to the storyline. It was sad to see how much Eden and Daniel have distanced themselves emotionally from each other in Rebel, they are still close but much has changed in the ten years and they have both grew up.

Rebel is set in Antarctica which we got to see a bit at the end of the Legend trilogy. Daniel and Eden live there and have been living with the level system. I thought the level system was such an intriguing concept when it was first mentioned and I liked how we got to see more of that in Rebel.

It was great to read about these characters coming together again and I liked reading about June and Daniel and how they are still figuring out each other and their relationship. There were only a few mentions of Tess in Rebel and I wanted there to be more.

Rebel focuses on a new storyline and a new villain but it still has the core feeling of the Legend trilogy with the main characters rebelling against the government and standing up for what’s right.

Overall I liked Rebel and I think if you loved the Legend trilogy and wanted to know more of what happened to the characters after it then you should think about picking up Rebel.

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