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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 Champion, Rebel 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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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?
- Author: Marie Lu
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Topics: Activism, Brothers and Sisters, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
- Publication date: October 1, 2019
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 18
- Number of pages: 384
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: October 16, 2019
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