Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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

Book Review of Rebel (Legend #4) by Marie Lu, by
Rebel by Marie Lu

Published: October 1, 2019

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Pages: 384

Synopsis: 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...

Thoughts: I am a big fan of the original Legend trilogy, first and foremost. So I was both a little nervous and also excited about this continuation of the series. Because what if it didn't live up to the original? But what if it did?

So... did it? Well, mostly. The biggest difference between this book and the original series is that it focuses on Day/Daniel's younger brother Eden instead of June as the second first person POV character. And I have to say, I missed June. I get the point of shifting focus to Eden, because the story was really about what happens to families after these big stories. Because often, that's where the story ends. The revolution ends, and supposedly everything is good. But is it, really?

I just didn't find Eden's side of things as interesting as Daniel's in this case, probably simply because I loved Day so much in the original series. I was just more into his story than Eden's story overall. Okay let's be honest, I was most interested in Daniel and June together and how they were interacting with each other.

It's a quick read, things start happening quickly to get you into this new story. You do need to have read the previous books to appreciate it, though, because there is just so much history there. And the ending was very satisfying as well!

Rating: 3.5/5

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