Book Review: Rebel by Marie Lu

Hello dear readers, we have come to the end of an era. We have covered the rest of the Legend series by Marie Lu. If you want to read my reviews of those, you can find them here:
Legend
Prodigy
Champion

This was a series I started many years ago, and I knew I had to pick up this book when I found out it was going to be released.

What did you think of the Legend series? If you haven’t picked it up yet, I definitely recommend it.
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Title: Rebel
Author: Marie Lu
Rating: ★★★★☆

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 . . .

With unmatched suspense and her signature cinematic storytelling, #1 New York Times—bestselling author Marie Lu plunges readers back into the unforgettable world of Legend for a truly grand finale.

Was this book necessary?

We got an ending to the Legend series after the third book; Champion. Whether readers liked it or not, it was an ending. Day might not have remembered a lot of what he had gone through, but that was the way his story came to an end. Eden got an end to bis story, Tess too, and June got the most developed ending of them all.

So was Rebel really needed in the series?

I’d say no, but a lot of sequels aren’t needed.

Rebel added a nice touch to it all. It gave more depth to the story, and I like the ending better than Champion.


Passing the torch

The first three books we got to see Day and June’s perspectives. Two brilliant, super athletic people from different sides of town.

With rebel, we still get Day, but we also get Eden, his younger brother.

I like Eden’s perspective, because it’s no longer Day’s story. He passes the torch to his younger brother, who finds his own story to tell.

Eden’s story is a nice relief from Day, who is quite confident and and capable. Eden is also quite capable, but he’s less confident, more passive than Day.

Plus, he doesn’t see the world as Day does, he sees it from a more scientific perspective, and it’s a nice addition to the story.


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Is it a better ending?

If I had to pick, I would choose Rebel’s ending over Champions. I was more than okay with Champion’s story when it came out, and would have had no issue if that was where the story was over.

But, when I read Rebel, it almost seemed like the intended ending. It made the rest of the world seem incomplete in a way, and without Rebel there would be an incomplete story.

Maybe deep down, I wasn’t happy with Day’s ending, and Rebel gave me one that I felt better about.

I am not sure what it is, but I think that Rebel’s ending makes the story more complete for me.


Was Rebel a nice addition to the story for you, or did you think it was unnecessary? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or shoot me a message on social media.
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Champion by Marie Lu Book Review

Hello dearest readers, I hope you are doing well. I should leave a secret code in these opening lines one time to give people a million dollars or something and the one person who actually reads it will be happy.

We are almost at an end for our Legend series by Marie Lu. We’ve covered both Legend and Prodigy so far, and all we have left is Rebel, which will be coming next month!

This was another YA action/adventure novel, and from a series that I had read through high school and early University. It’s been a lot of fun following the story since then, and I have yet to be disappointed from it.

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June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position. 

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything. 

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

Title: Champion
Author: Marie Lu
Rating: ★★★.5☆☆


The End of a Trilogy

Champion: The Graphic Novel ebook by Marie Lu

It’s tough to get a complete story in one book. It’s even more difficult to create a story that spans three books and gives readers a complete and satisfactory ending.

With Champion, we see and end for Day and June, as well as all their friends. They’ve fought to bring peace to the their country, and to themselves, and we see it come to an end in this book.

They still struggle, because their lives are never easy, but together and with a bit of loss, they will push through it and find that peace they have so wanted.


The End of Their Stories?

Though we have one more book to follow Champion, this seems like an end to a lot of their stories. Day get’s a bit of happiness after all of his suffering and loss. June is serving the country she grew up loving, even through their faults and hardships. Tess goes further than we ever thought she would.

I don’t think anyone was scared of June’s story not getting the ending she wanted. I think everyone was worried about Day, and if he could push through all the obstacles being constantly thrown in his way.

Could he make it from the streets into the hearts and minds of the people he has been fighting for? Yes, yes he does.


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The Twists

The main competition isn’t who we think it might be. This book is filled with unexpected twists that we don’t expect right away, but they are a bit obvious.

I think Marie Lu does a good job of throwing the unexpected in our faces, adding a new thrill to the story, I think some of them might be too blunt and obvious.

Maybe it was something I just happened to realize too often, but it seemed like I could tell you what was going to happen before it did.

I’m not saying that it is a bad job, but a story isn’t as interesting when you can see the end of it before you’ve even made it to the middle.


What did you think of Champion, and the rest of the Legend series? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or let’s chat on social media.
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TOP TEN TUESDAY: BOOKS I’VE READ THAT I’D LIKE IN MY PERSONAL LIBRARY

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This one took me a long time to figure out, but I think I came up with a pretty good list in my opinion.

The Fellowship of the Ring

I read it on an e-Reader but haven’t purchased a physical copy yet.

Redwall Series

My favourite books growing up. I have kept the main stories, but I’d like to own them all again one day.

One Piece

Seems like a loft goal owning every chapter of One Piece. I’d probably need a room dedicated to it, but I wouldn’t mind that.

Naruto

I think this is a series I could re-read again in a reasonable amount of time, and I’d like to own it in order to do that.

Fullmetal Alchemist

I’ve started the collection, but I hope to own them all one day soon. There’s not too many so it’s not that achievable.

Where the Red Fern Grows

A great book from my childhood that I would love to read again from an adult perspective.

Legend Series

One of my favourite YA series that I’ve read. I always got the books from my school library, so owning them would be nice, especially since there is a new one coming out soon.

Various Shakespeare Works

Something about owning a bunch of Shakespeare stories makes me feel distinguished? Educated? Either way I’d like to own some more.

Sherlock Holmes

I’ve read a few Sherlock Holmes pieces in various books, but I’d like one giant collection of them all.

UnNamed Book from Childhood

I don’t remember the name of it, or who wrote it, but I remember it was about a boy who was kidnapped and dragged to an island in order to figure out a water pumping system his dad built to get at some buried treasure. If that makes any sense to you and you know the name, please let me know!

Quote of the Day: May 24

It’s raining and very cloudy where I am, but I’m not going to let that put a damper on my mood.

Here’s a few quotes from to help you get through your hopefully sunny day.

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.” 
― Marie Lu, Legend

“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.” 
― Marie Lu, Legend

Wednesday News: February 6

Boy oh boy am I excited for today’s news!!

A few days ago I found out that there is a book coming out  from a series that I thought had been finished years ago.

There’s this really fantastic author, Marie Lu, who writes this fantastic series, Legend, which I had assumed was concluded with the third book of the trilogy.

Little did I know, she had a book 4 planned to come out October 2019.

This is definitely on my list to read, and can’t wait to read a Marie Lu book again!

Here’s a story that does a better job of explaining things than I do.

Marie Lu: Rebel