Review: Rebel by Marie Lu

Rebel by Marie Lu

Seven years after the conclusion of the Legend trilogy, Rebel by Marie Lu drops readers back into the worlds of June, Day and Eden. Rebel picks up shortly after the end of Champion, with June back in the Republic, and Day and little brother Eden in Ross City, Antarctica.

From the publisher:

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 . . .

Champion final chapter takes place about ten years after that book’s climax. Rebel starts with June and Day in their late 20s, atypical subjects for a book aimed at young adults. But in this book, Marie Lu’s coming of age story revolves around Eden. She adds Eden POV chapters to June and Day chapters.

At the same time, Day is still slowing recovering memories lost in the procedure that saved his life in Champion. This allows readers the opportunity to watch Day and June struggle to reconnect and see if they can rekindle the romance that powered the original trilogy.

These elements allow Rebel to recapture the excitement and emotion of the first three books in the series. The story is satisfyingly familiar but also explores lots of new material. Eden is very unlike Day, and we watch Eden try to figure out his place in the world as well as his place in his family.

I greatly enjoyed Rebel. It’s a fantastic extension of the original Legend series, and well worth the wait.

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