Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Rebel by Marie Lu

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Rebel by Marie Lu

Dive back into the world of Legend with a post-Champion story of two brothers discovering who they are after civil war – and rebellion. I loved this update for so many reason, which you can read below! Also, a few photos from Marie’s launch and a chance for you to win a SIGNED COPY of Rebel. Take The Trials today to win!

TY to Macmillan Audio for a copy of Rebel so I could prep for the launch!


Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Rebel by Marie Lu

Rebel (Legend, #4)

by Marie Lu
Narrator: Nile Bullock, Stephen Kaplan
Published by: Roaring Brook Press
on October 1, 2019
Pages: 384
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Goodreads

Respect the Legend. Idolize the Prodigy. Celebrate the Champion. But never underestimate the Rebel.

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.

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 . . .



Review

For some people, it’s been many years since the return to Legend. Thanks to a recent re-read, it was only a few weeks for me. Either way, the return to the series is an absolute treat and I hope all of the original fans (and new ones!) find their way to Rebel.

While the Legend trilogy was June and Day trying to make sense of their dystopian world and form their relationship, Rebel is all about two brothers surviving in a post-war world. What I loved most was how Marie explored PTSD and toxic masculinity. When I asked her about that during her launch, she shared her feelings about raising a boy today and how she wanted to show that it is ok to love and to feel. This book is very much Eden’s journey, which looks different than Day. Eden lives in the shadows of Day and yet he is his own fully formed person. Marie excels at fully forming Eden into a main character and creating his own set of challenges to explore. I only wish we got more of this from all of the characters (I would love an Anden book!).

Yes, Rebel is set 6 months after the end of Champion. Daniel (yes, he goes by Daniel now) and June found each other while walking down the same street, but what comes next when there are 10 years, miles of distance, and so much more between you and your teenage relationship. An audience member asked Marie what an alternate world looks like, had Daniel been born in June’s socioeconomic situation and June in Daniel’s. What’s clear is their system of support and the core of their morals and values – their family. Without spoiling anything, I think Legend fans will enjoy seeing Daniel and June step up to the challenge of exploring the ten years between them. Not going to lie – I lost it at the end.

Never one to shy away from the political climate, Marie dives into a world that appears fair but suffers the same capitalistic quandaries we see here in the US. Just work really hard and you’ll improve your situation! Bull. Intergenerational wealth and poverty alongside a myriad of other impacts prove that wrong. Rebel isn’t named that for nothing. Just because Daniel and Eden have left the dystopian land doesn’t mean Antarctica isn’t facing its own set of challenges. They both quickly find themselves right in the middle.

If you haven’t jumped into the series, I highly recommend it. It’s one of the trilogies that holds up – and is enhanced by the Warcross duology (find all the ways they connect!). The audiobook enhances the experience with its dual narration, including the original narrator for Day!

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