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Life Before Legend: Stories of the Criminal and the Prodigy (LEGEND Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Marie Lu
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Find out more about June and Day in this never-before-seen glimpse into their daily lives before they met in Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND series. As twelve-year-olds struggling to survive in two very different worlds within the Republic’s stronghold, June was starting her first day of school at Drake University as the youngest cadet ever admitted, and Day was fighting for food on the streets of the Lake sector. LIFE BEFORE LEGEND contains two original stories written by Marie Lu that give readers a sneak peek into the lives of their favorite characters in a thrilling new context.  

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 940 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (15 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KUWWD4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,218 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I Bet The Republic Hasn't Seen The Last Of You!" 21 Jan. 2013
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For those of you who have heard of "Legend" by Marie Lu and are looking at this book thinking, "Is this meant to be read before or after Legend?" I can tell you that you can consider this short novella to be Legend 1.5.

Life Before Legend is split into two sections, one from Day's perspective and one from June's perspective. Day's story tells us of his first kiss. We get a really good insight into what it means to be rebelling against the Republic. But we also get to see the awkward actions of a 12 year old under pressure to impress a girl...and not really knowing what he's doing. I loved that part the most and I think Marie Lu does a fantastic job of making a boy of 12, who'd you assume to sound fairly immature, very mature. His voice is intelligent, witty and has so much fight in it - I definitely got a giggle or two out of it.

June's story tells us about her first day as the 100% kid (remember how she aced the "Trial") at Drake University. We again get a really nice insight into her character and it's nice to see her fighting to stay out of trouble all the time - she seems to be a total magnet for trouble despite her brilliance (but I think that's what we liked so much about her right?).

It's hard not to love Day and June. Coming from completely different worlds, one an alleged criminal always fighting for survial and the other an alleged progidy always striving for success, it's hard to imagine they'd have that much in common. But they're such likeable characters. I do think though that it's really important that you have read Legend before you read this because there are little bits and pieces which I appreciated that I don't think I fully could have if didn't already know Day and June and about the lives, and worlds, they come from.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoyed hunger games you will love it 30 Mar. 2015
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If you enjoyed hunger games you will love it. It's nothing more than it claims to be, easy addictive reading to enjoy wasting some hours to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 31 Jan. 2014
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I well written glimpse into the pre-Legend lives of Day and June. I particularly enjoyed Days' story, but both are great.
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