Marie Lu proves her writing ability once again in 'Rebel'
Updated: Mar 24
Rebel by Marie Lu ★★★★★
"There are a million pieces of us scattered through my memory, moments tiny and insignificant to everyone else in the world except for me."
In her new novel "Rebel", Marie Lu proved herself and her writing abilities once again.
Rebel is the fourth and final book in the Legend Series. The book follows the lives of Eden Bataar Wing and Daniel Altan Wing. Eden has been living in his big brother Daniel's shadow for years. Even though he’s a top student at his academy in Ross City, the capital of Antarctica, and a brilliant inventor, most people know him only as Daniel Wing’s little brother. In Rebel we see the two brothers struggle to accept who they’ve each become. 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.
I am not going to beat around the bush, I absolutely adored this book. Rebel is the perfect ending for this series. This story shows how much Marie Lu has grown as an author. I particularly loved Daniel's character in this novel. We see him struggle with his memory loss and it feels so real. The characters are well written and have depth to them. Lu makes sure we know enough about every character in the book to create an opinion. She spends enough time explaining the villains past and showing his reasoning behind what he does. In this story we learn a lot about Daniel's little brother Eden and how he's always in his brothers shadow. The book focuses on him and his adventures but also shows how the two brother's interact with each other. It displays the struggles that siblings can have from time to time, which makes it very relatable and honest.
This novel did remind me a lot of Warcross and Wildcard. From the holograms hovering above people's heads to a villain using technology for his benefit. Though there were similar aspects, it didn't feel recycled in any way. It fit right in the storyline and kept me interested. The only thing I missed a little bit in Rebel was the presence of miss June Iparis. I was so used to reading her thoughts in Legend, Prodigy and Champion that it felt weird at first not having her there. At the same time it was nice to and refreshing to read about her through Daniel's eyes. It really showcases his true and pure feelings for her.
The ending was the most perfect ending anyone could've imagined for this series. Lu gave the fans what they wanted. Rebel is the last one in the series, but with this ending the author could write a continuation if she wanted. The Legend Series could end with this novel and people would be able to rest in peace knowing what happens at the end. Lu could also continue the story and write another book. The future will tell...
Overall I really loved this book. The characters were well written and had a lot of depth to them. The relationships between the characters were showcased in an honest and pure way. Marie Lu really proved herself once again. 10/10 would recommend this novel.
Rebel is the fourth and last book in the Legend Series. The series has a total of six books to its name:
Life Before Legend (#0.5)
Life After Legend (#3.5)
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