Life Before Legend: Stories of the Criminal and the Prodigy [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Life Before Legend: Stories of the Criminal and the Prodigy

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101622117
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Series: Marie Lu's Legend Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 18,915
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 772 KB

Meet the Author

Marie Lu

New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu (marielu.org) graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one boyfriend, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Nice little insight to Day's and June's background.

    If you haven't read Legend, then this will be a <i>*spoiler*</i> for you.

    As with Legend and Prodigy, the novella is split also between Day and June.

    I enjoyed reading about life for these two characters before the events of Legend. For Day, you can see how he had to grow up a lot faster than he should've, and also why he chose to keep to himself most of the time. He really has a sensitive, yet strong, nature about him that just makes him likeable almost immediately, and apparently much too good looking for a boy his age is supposed to look if he can get older girls.

    When he tries to find some kind of normalcy, tries to "settle down," he realizes that he can't. It's his nature to not let things be as corrupt as they are and he can't stop himself from fighting against those that are corrupt.

    He is overall too good, and not in an annoying or bad way. And you wonder how such a boy can still be so good with all the bad that's happened to him.

    In June's side, I love that we get to read more about Metias, the boy also forced to take on more than he wanted to, in that he has to take care of June. It's almost heartbreaking to see how good a brother, and a parental figure, he was to June knowing what we know in Legend.

    June is definitely still a troublemaker, but often not by her fault, unless you consider her perfect score a fault. She's a spitfire, and her circumstances have obviously led her to make herself that way, to protect herself, or stick up for herself, as Metias said. Often she goes to the extreme, as having anger issues can have that effect.

    It's interesting to see both of these characters in their little bubbles, how they got where they are now. Really, nothing's changed about them, but still, I loved reading Metias and this novella makes me love him more.
    With all that said, this book doesn't look like it gives any insight as to what will happen in the third book. It's really just a background story for them.

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    Before there was Legend, as a twelve year old boy Day had to sur

    Before there was Legend, as a twelve year old boy Day had to survive the streets of the Lake sector. His knee is wounded and tries to help those he nows needs it. Taking a job for a couple days we see how Day spent his early days surviving. With a little help from a girl who is just a little older than him, Day can't help but imagine life not on the run a setting up their on the lake. Of course dreams don't always come true and Day has first hand knowledge of this.
    Drake University is the place every citizen wishes to get into but starting at the age of twelve can be tough. For June being the only Prodigy is privilege and shouldn't be taken lightly. but do you expect when you enter a school reserved with teens who look down at her and not up. Starting trouble is one of June's strong suits and even when its the first day. Of course being late to the first day is not her fault but the school seems to think it is. 
    Life Before Legend, offers a chance to look into the lives of June and Day before they met and before their true story can be said. They both seem to adjust and know that survival is key. Of course both live in separate areas and gain a different experience, both are learning skills that help them become the Legend they are meant to be.  

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Good!

    There are only two chapters. 36 pages all together. First chapter is about Day's first kiss and the second chapter is about June's first day at Drake University. I would say it is not worth three bucks but it is some extra, interesting, information if you were ever curious aout these topics.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2013

    Life before Legend was a great little add on for this series

    Life before Legend was a great little add on for this series. It gave us a small glimpse into Day and June's life growing up. We didn't get too much background information, as its only 30 or 40 pages long. But we get enough to see the pain and heartache that theses two kids experienced!

    We get to see a little bit about what Day went though on the streets after failing his test, and was presumed dead. He had to live place to place, scavenging and stealing food just to stay alive. He couldn't trust anyone, because if he was discovered, then he would be killed on the spot! Day had it really hard for an 12 year old boy who had nothing or no one he could turn too. But still turned out to be the goodhearted, rough around the edges kinda kid.

    It also had a section about June's first day in College, and the hardships she went though at being the 12 year kid that no one wanted to hang around. I felt bad for June, she gets picked on and bullied for being the smart kid who was able to bypass so many grades to make it into college at only 12. But it also gave me some newfounded respect for June because even though she was the little kid that no one wanted to hang out with, and the one everyone &quot;Tried&quot; to bully, she stood her ground, and showed these bullies that she wasn't going to stand around and take their crap! She earned a lot of respect that first day of school. That's all we get from Junes chapter; just her first day of school!

    I thought this little prequel was a good little addition to this series. But to be honest, it really didn't add anything we didn't already know from reading Legend. But I still enjoyed living through some of the hardships both Day and June faced in the same city, but in two different worlds, with two different struggles!

    Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable beginning, and I'm glad I read it, but I kinda wish I would of read it before I read Legend. But its really okay to read at any point you are in the series, as it doesn't spoil anything, it just shows you what you haven't seen, but already know from Legend! I look forward to finishing this series! The Legend series is a must read for any dystopian fan, and I am so sorry I waited so long to read it!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Awsome!!!!!

    The size of the book could be better but it explains some things i pondered about in the actual book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    WOW

    I LOVED IT

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Soccer is amazing

    Really good!!!!! Also really short, only 36 pages

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Gfdg

    Vvfgj

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Worth it?

    What I really want to know is... Is it worth three bucks??? I loved Legend so much... I guess I might as well.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Good

    This is only 36 pages but i loved to read about june amd day before they met up. You also get to find out about Days first kiss. I liked this book, i am a huge legends fan and this was worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Much the same as Legened, but cuter.

    Another reminder why I hate Lu’s style of writing, but I thought the ideas were cute. Especially since I was totally that older girl who liked to like younger boys in high school. I can’t do that now ’cause it’d be illegal. :| It was cute as all get-out to read about. And on the other side I liked seeing June’s “troublemaker” side since she was nothing but a giant goody two shoes in Legend. I liked it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    I havent read it

    I dont know whats its about plase tell me if its worth two dollars please

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Yay!!!

    I found it ironic that out of all the times we could seen day,it just happened to be his first kiss.but my favorite character has got to be june.i love the way she wont let anyone treat her like crap just because she is smart.she knows how to proect herself,and she doesnt take any crap.im seriously glad i read this.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Short and sweet

    This book explian breif parts in the book that were mentioned. I thought it was good. And it is good for waiting for the third book. And I thought it made parts of the book that I found that had backstories to them need more explanatoin.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Icant find the actual book

    Why isn't Legend in the ebook store but before legend and prodigy are both on here?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Tried to down load, only got first 3 pages

    When tech support told me the only thing I could do was to buy the book, I did, and still can't read it!!!! I was on the phone for 40 minutes. Now that I have paid for it, I still can't read it!!!! Barnes and Noble tech support has really let me down!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Question

    Who knows either when the 3rd book comes out or the title?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    No book!

    I got the same 4 sample
    pages B/N. What the hey?

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    I got the sample with no part of the story

    It was all publishing information. I have no idea how long it is or what im paying for. Not willing to buy a book when all i know about it is what the cover looks like.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Wtf

    I got the sample and it gave me four freaking pages! What the poop B&N. Shame on you! :(

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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