Title: Rebel

Author: Marie Lu

Series: Legend #4

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia

Published: October 1st 2019 by Roaring Brook Press

Rating: 3/5 stars ★★★

“We can’t save the world…”
“But still we try anyway… One day at a time.”

SYNOPSIS:

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 REVIEW:

3 of 5 stars to Rebel by Marie Lu

★★★

Rebel didn’t quite hit ALL the spots for me but then again that could be said for any book I’ve read of lateㅡmy book slump monster is alive and well and here to stay.. unfortunately. I wish it would just go away so I could go back to raving about my reading experience.

Everything has just been “meh” for me, reading and writing both. In fact, reading this book took months and I had put off writing a review because I just don’t know what to say.

Anyway, going back to the actual review, Rebel is a rebelㅡa fighter to be more preciseㅡfor stubbornly making itself appeal to me in the middle of a reading drought, fighting to get its past and present remembered because I dove into this without refreshing my Legend series course; and even with that handicap, I was able to appreciate the story.

Eden and Day’s relationship took a while before it grew on me and it made sense because in essence, the whole story is about them “growing on each other.”

The main driving force in finishing this story is of course the desire to find out how June and Day’s relationship would end. It felt rewarding because after YEARS of waiting, they finally end up together. It felt like we, as fans, waited as long as June and Day themselves so if there’s any consolation to all those agonizing years, it’s this fourth book.

I also want to commend Marie Lu for her writing. I noticed the maturity in June and Day in this installment. It’s been ten years and I definitely felt that in their words and actions. It may be a difference in her style as well because I noted an improvement in the romance department. The romantic moments felt just right, never forced nor cringe-y; and most amazingly, it had tension. I’ve pointed out this weakness in YA novels (lack of sexual tension), Legend series included where I even cite the insta-love trope and “get-love-quick” schemes, but such is not the case anymore for Rebel.

I’m doing Eden a disservice because I can’t talk about him like I do June and DayㅡI have nothing to say! I was never attached to his character more so now that he’s an adult. He will always be a baby to me but saying that is again doing disservice to Marie Lu who wrote a whole book (ok maybe half) about his coming of age. I love him though and he deserves this spotlight on the fourth book.

That’s the last of my Rebel thoughts. Overall judgment: probably wouldn’t re-read material but definitely a good read.


LEGEND SERIES REVIEW CAN BE FOUND HERE.