A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
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.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Daniel and June spend a romantic night together and presumably make love. Eden has romantic feelings for Pressa, and they share a tender kiss.
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Swearing is mild and infrequent. A few instances of "hell" and "damn."
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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."
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.
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