Rebel: Legend, Book 4

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Misfit stirs up revolution in action-packed thriller.

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Educational Value

The emphasis is on action, not education in Rebel. The book does offer a chance to discuss what type of society might replace an authoritarian regime.

Positive Messages

Family members support each other, even in times of great danger. Education and employment need to be available to all, not just to a group of elites.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Daniel and Eden are loyal to each other, even if they are often at odds. Eden takes some risks by moving through the underworld, but Daniel also puts himself in danger to defend family and loved ones.


In general, not a lot of violence. Eden is bullied at school and threatened by a criminal gang. There's a climactic gunfight, in which a supporting character is seriously injured.


Daniel and June spend a romantic night together and presumably make love. Eden has romantic feelings for Pressa, and they share a tender kiss.


Swearing is mild and infrequent. A few instances of "hell" and "damn."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rebel is a futuristic dystopian thriller by Marie Lu (Warcross), the fourth book in her Legend series. Now 10 years after the events in trilogy conclusion ChampionRebel picks up the stories of Daniel (formerly known as Day) and Eden, brothers who helped instigate a revolution. Set partially in a criminal underworld, the story features gunfights and knife fights, but nothing too gory. Daniel and June are iin their late 20s and in a mature romantic relationship. They spend a romantic night together and presumably make love. There's infrequent use of "hell" and "damn."

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymybooklistissolong March 27, 2021

Great Book

I think that although it is a sequel it doesn't disappoint, it is a really good book and there is a lot of action. I would say that this book is defiantly... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byjksdhfkfulehlk January 6, 2020


The first book in this series, Legend, was amazing. Then, everything went downhill. Prodigy was okay and Champion was boring. This one was better than Champion,... Continue reading

What's the story?

As REBEL opens, Eden Wing is trying to survive the last few months of high school, ready to ply his trade as inventor when he graduates. Everyone in Ross City is ranked in "Levels," and every minor infraction takes points away and limits social mobility. Eden's older brother, Daniel, now in his lat 20s, tries to look out for him, but Eden becomes embroiled in the machinations of an criminal overlord who has dangerous plans for Ross City and all of Antarctica. Will Eden go his own way, or will Daniel be able to curb his risky impulses?

Is it any good?

Sometimes a successful trilogy will accommodate a follow-up, and this engaging coda to a popular dystopian saga proves its worth. Author Marie Lu's tale of brothers in conflict isn't mandatory for her fans, but it's a smartly conceived action-adventure, perhaps a little muted compared with its predecessors. The plot takes a while to rev up, but once it does, it goes full-throttle.

Rebel is not the place to start reading Yu, but it's a well-done act of closure for the Legend series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Rebel depicts a society where citizens are constantly ranked by their accomplishments. How do governments use surveillance to monitor the activities of their citizens?

  • How might drone technology be useful to both criminals and law enforcement?

  • Eden makes a business deal with a known criminal. What are the dangers of teaming up  with people who break the law?

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For kids who love science fiction and dystopian novels

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